James Chipeta graduated from the University of Zambia School of medicine, with his undergraduate medical degree, in 1990. He holds a PhD in Paediatrics and Clinical immunology from Mie National University School of Medicine,Japan (2000) and a Certificate of the WHO advanced course in immunology and vaccines as applied to infectious Diseases with Luasanne University, Switzerland (2002).
He is currently an Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Clinical Immunology at the University of Zambia School Of Medicine (UNZA-SOM) in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. He runs and is in charge of a Paediatrics Rheumatology/endocrinology weekly clinic at the University Teaching Hosspital (UTH), Lusaka, Zambia. He is also the current Assistant Dean for Research of the Medical School, Director and Principal Investigator (PI) of the International League of Associations for Rheumatology (ILAR) Funded Enhancement of Paediatrics and Adult Rheumatology Practice (EPAREP) Project at UTH, Coordinator of the School of Medicine and University Teaching Hospital Malaria Research Unit (SMUTH-MRU: www.smuth-mru.org.zm ), Member of and the current Chair of the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) malaria case management Technical working group, member and immediate past President of the African Society for Immunodeficiency’s (ASID), member of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), Honorary Member of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA), member of the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA), Member and Vice President of the Rheumatic Diseases Association of Zambia (REDAZ) and member of the Zambia Paediatrics Association (ZPA).
He is PI and Co-PI of several other research projects and serves on several international and local national bodies notable of these is being member of the DSMB for the IAVI multi-site international HIV vaccine trial. His research interests and focus is primarily on paediatric immunology with emphasis on host cellular/ humoral immunity, autoimmunity and immunogenetics. His current research includes work on the aforementioned focus with regard to both paediatrics infectious (malaria, schistosomiasis, pneumonia and Measles) and non-infectious (Juvenile idiopathic arthritis and PIDs) diseases.