Frederick Balagaddé

MU alumnus, inventor Balagaddé shares his ‘Living Dream’ Oct. 20

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester graduate and groundbreaking researcher Frederick Balagaddé will bring his enticing story to Manchester University for a presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

This free presentation will be in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus and begins at 3:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

“Africa suffers the overwhelming brunt of global disease.” says Balagaddé, who graduated from Manchester in 2001 with degrees in physics and computer science. Balagaddé experienced this suffering firsthand in the 1990s, when his hometown in Uganda was swept over by HIV.

“What begins as a tragedy in a Third World country could easily become a global problem.” says the Manchester alumnus. Upon graduation, Balagaddé spent two years as a research scientist at Stanford University and did his doctoral studies in applied physics at California Institute of Technology.

While at Cal Tech, Balagaddé invented the microchemostat, a cellphone-sized device that mimics biological cell culture environment in a highly complex web of tiny pump and hair-sized water hoses, all controlled by a multitasking computer.

Today, Balagaddé is living his dream as an assistant investigator at Kwazulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV. K-RITH is a key place for scientific discovery and translation of research into diagnostics and treatments for these global killers.

"I am passionate about the future of Africa,” Balagaddé adds.

The presentation is part of the University’s Values, Ideas and the Arts series.

It is with great pride that the University will award Balagaddé at Homecoming and Family Weekend 2015 with the Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award.

The Alumni Honor Award Banquet will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Jo Young Switzer Center on the North Manchester Campus. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12 and free to children 5 years and under. Contact the Alumni office to purchase tickets for the banquet or go to the Homecoming online registration page.

Balagaddé will also speak at the Manchester University Fort Wayne Campus.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

Oct. 1, 2015

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