Edna Viegas has a degree in Human Medicine from the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique (2008) and a PhD in Medical Science from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden (2017). Dr Viegas joined the National Institute of Health (Instituto Nacional de Saúde-INS), Ministry of Health, in 2009, where she served as the Scientific Director (2013-2018) and the General Director (2018-2020) of the Polana Caniço Health Research and Training Center (CISPOC). Since 2020, she has been the head of the INS branch office in Maputo City.
Dr Viegas has been involved in HIV research over the past 12 years. She directly participated in the establishment of CISPOC, a center of excellence for clinical trials in the national health system in Mozambique. She has been one of the lead investigators for several clinical trials on HIV vaccines and other infectious diseases in the country, including trials from the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). Dr Viegas has also been involved in post-graduate training initiatives in the field of HIV, by co-directing the NIH-funded Pitt-Moz HIV training program.