I warmly welcome you to the website for the department of Medical Microbiology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. The department was established in the 1960s under the then Faculty of Medicine. Following formation of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, the department was placed under the School of Biomedical Sciences. The department occupies the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Pathology/Microbiology building, and part of the clinical Research building both located at the College campus opposite New Mulago Hospital Complex. 

Our Mandate

In Uganda, infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cholera, Typhoid, Meningitis, Candida, Hepatitis and Ebola make the highest burden of disease. There is an urgent need for specialized training in Medical Microbiology to facilitate the nation’s disease control programs. Our strategy in fighting the Ugandan disease burden is throughintegrated Education, Research and Training in all areas and fields of Medical Microbiology. Thus, the department has responded by seriously engaging in capacity building, developing and expanding her laboratory base. This has been achieved through national and international support.

We have devoted our efforts to achieving solid Medical Microbiology training in Uganda. Under the College of Health Sciences, we are mandated to:

Teach Medical Microbiology to undergraduate students: Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Nursing and Environmental Health students. The department also trains national and international non-medical students (both undergraduate and graduate) from a wide range of academic programs.

Train Specialists in Laboratory Medicine - Masters and PhDs.

Conduct Research and Training relevant to infectious diseases, emphasizing integration of Basic, Applied and Clinical/Operational research. Research in our department is integrated, spanning from Basic, Applied to Operational or Clinical. We believe in this integration since strategic basic research provides a foundation for applied and operational research or health care.

Community Service in the diagnosis, management & control of infectious diseases.

The Laboratories that have been developed or supported in the department include:

The Clinical Microbiology Laboratory: The Department of Medical Microbiology has the oldest teaching clinical microbiology laboratory in the country that has embarked on an international (ISO) accreditation process. This laboratory has taught well qualified and successful 10 students in Master of Medicine in Microbiology as well as 3 doctoral students.

The Immunology laboratory: The department has the first and only fully fledged immunology teaching laboratory in the University. The laboratory collaborates with the Makerere University Walter Reed, Medical Research Council and Join Clinical Research Centre Laboratories. The laboratory can perform and teach all T-cell and immunoglobulin based immunological techniques.

 The Molecular Biology Laboratory: This lab was started in 2003, and most of departmental Basic and applied research and training is done in this laboratory. The laboratory is well equipped and has trained over 150 undergraduate students, 35 Masters Students and 3 doctoral students. Currently, 7 PhD and 5 Masters Students are training in this laboratory.

The Mycology Laboratory: The Department of Medical Microbiology has the only Clinical Mycology laboratory in the country. It has been instrumental in detecting existing and new fungal infections in the era of HIV/AIDS. This laboratory is a powerful resource in dissemination of knowledge on diagnosis and treatment of fungal diseases.

BSL-3 Laboratory for TB culture: The Department has just completed construction of a state of the art BSL-3 laboratory that can enable it handle highly infectious agents. It is the only one in the University. This laboratory will enable the department to practically teach on wide range infectious agents that no other Ugandan University can. The laboratory was officially opened on the 28th August, 2009 during the launch of the Makerere University college of Health Sciences.

The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory: The Department has acquired funds to construct a Clinical molecular diagnostics laboratory. It will be the first one in the region. This will tremendously increase the capacity of the Department to teach and introduce molecular techniques in the diagnosis of infectious diseases in the University and country at large.

Whether you are a student, health professional or high caliber Researcher (local or International), the department of Medical Microbiology warmly welcomes you. Feel free to take an online tour of our research activities, facilities, departmental laboratories, and training programmes (academic and short courses).

I will be happy to answer your question concerning education, research or any service offered by the department. Feel free to contact me.