Vernon Musale obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science from the Adventist University of the Philippines. He initially chose to pursue a career in the health sector because he wanted to understand the pathogenesis of various diseases. When he returned to Zambia he developed a strong interest in neglected tropical diseases. What plagued him was how diseases that had been successfully eradicated in some parts of the world were still prevalent in his homeland. This passion and curiosity led him to the Zambia Emory HIV Research Project in Lusaka where he now serves as the Associate Lab Manager. He is currently working on his Master’s degree at the University of Zambia and his current research project uses single genome amplification on recent infections to generate contemporary sequences and further employs molecular techniques to analyse prevalent HIV-1 strains and compare them to older infecting strains.