Andia Biraro is a senior lecturer at the Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. She is also an Honorary Scientist at the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI) Uganda Research Unit on AIDS. She has a strong background in academia with expertise in infectious diseases and immunology, with a special interest in tuberculosis and its co-infections/co-morbidities. She is currently building her research career and focus to investigate the epidemiological and immunological interactions between tuberculosis and type 2 diabetes mellitus. This work will be one of the first in East Africa to highlight the magnitude and risk of tuberculosis infection among diabetes patients, and the potential for future interventions to prevent TB reactivation among this vulnerable population.