Dr. Alex Kayongo is a research fellow at Makerere University Lung Institute with passion in understanding the genetic and immunologic basis of non-communicable diseases in people living with HIV/AIDs. Currently, his research is focused on investigating the role of altered lung microbiome in the pathogenesis of HIV-associated Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. He hopes to identify novel bio-makers of COPD in people living with HIV to inform diagnostic and therapeutic efforts.