Dr Moses Joloba MBchB,MS,PhD – Senior Lecturer & Head of Department
•	Dr Moses Joloba

 Assoc. Prof.  Moses Joloba is the current head of department of Medical Microbiology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He is the current head of laboratories and also heads the appointments and promotions committee of the department. Assoc. Prof. Joloba completed his MBChB at Makerere University Medical School, Kampala, Uganda, in 1994, after which he won a Forgarty Scholarship for Master of Science in Microbiology and PhD in Molecular Microbiology at Case Western Reserve  University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, with Dr. Philip Rather. In 1997, he joined Makerere University College of Health sciences as a faculty member, and in 2003 he established the Molecular Biology laboratory in the Department of Medical Microbiology. This laboratory focused on TB research and in 2006, molecular detection of MTC infections as a routine was introduced for the first time in Ugandan research labs. Assoc. Prof. Joloba won grants from WHO/TDR, SIDA-SAREC, NIH and the European Union for TB research ranging from basic to applied and clinical. His research focus is bacterial quorum sensing, TBmolecular epidemiology and drug resistance. Assoc. Prof. Joloba is the current director of Supranational Reference Laboratory  Uganda. For more information about Assoc. Prof. Joloba’s Research activities,  please follow the Research link on the home page, or download his CV.

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Dr. Joseph Olobo, BVM, PhD-Assoc. Professor
 
Dr. Joseph Olobo

Joseph Olobo is a veterinarian by basic training and has a PhD in Immunobiology. He is currently Professor of Immunology of Infectious Diseases at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.  He has a long history of research on “Neglected Tropical Diseases of Poverty” including Trypanosomiasis, Tuberculosis and Leishmaniasis. His studies at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, Australia, demonstrated for the first time that Antibodies to cutaneous Leishmaniasis in the murine model had no protective effect. This finding was later confirmed for other Leishmania species in other hosts including humans. Other studies at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, and the Institute of Primate Research, Kenya were on the epidemiology of leishmaniasis and the development of the Non human primate model respectively, for cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis, for preclinical trials of drugs and vaccines. Several vaccine formulations including gp63 and Whole Killed Leishmania preparations were tested in the non human primate model. Currently he is involved in studies on immunology of visceral leishmaniasis and clinical trials of drugs against visceral leishmaniasis with a site in Amudat, North East Uganda. He was a collaborator with MBL laboratories, Uganda in the setting up of a clinical trial site in a malaria endemic area in Apach, Uganda. He has served and is still a member on number of national and international committees including that of Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Trials of the National Drug Authority, Uganda and Regional NTD Technical Advisory group, WHO.
Specialization: Immunobiology (Cytokines)


Dr Freddie Bwanga – Lecturer
•	Dr Freddie Bwanga

 Dr Freddie Bwanga is a lecturer and the current chairman, Finance, Research and Publications committee of the department of Medical microbiology. He did his MbChB and Master of Medicine Microbiology at Makerere University. In 2005, obtained a Fogarty award for a fellowship in Clinical Microbiology at Case Western Reserve University and University hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio. He won a scholarship by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) for Joint PhD training at Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Sweden and Makerere University which is pusrsuing currently.He is the technical Support Officer on the TB specimen Referral System of the National TB control program, Kampala Uganda. His research nterests are: Drug resistant M. tuberculosis and other bacteria. The current research is on new tests applicable in developing countries for detection of Multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB). For more information about Dr Bwanga’s Research activities, please follow the Research link on the home page, or download his CV.

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Dr Christine Florence Najjuka, Senior Lecturer
 

Dr Christine Najjuka is a senior lecturer and the current Chair, Education Committee of the department of Medical Microbiology. She copmpleted her MbChB and Master of Medicine (Pathology) at Makerere University and also obtained an MS in Medical Microbiology at the University College London in 1994. Currently, Dr Najjuka is a registered doctoral student in the department of Medical Microbiology, under superviosion of Dr. Moses Joloba, Dr. Kaddu-Mulindwa and Dr. …. (SA). Her research interests are drug resistnce in enterobacteriace. Dr Najjuka has obatiend awards from  the Germany Academic exchange Service, (Deutcher Akademisher Austauschdienst, DAAD), Kulika Charitable Trust Scholarship, and Nominated to the Advanced WHO course on Immunology, Vaccinology & Biotechnology applied to infectious diseases, 1999. For more information about Dr Najjuka’s Research activities, please follow the Research link on the home page, or download her CV.

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Dr Henry Kajumbula, Lecturer
 

Specialization: Virology/Clinical Microbiology


Dr Benon Asiimwe, Lecturer
•	Dr Benon Asiimwe

 Dr. Asiimwe is currently a full Lecturer in the department of Medical Microbiology. Dr. Asiimwe trained as a Veterinarian and practiced large animal medicine from 1999 to 2002. He thereafter joined the MSc programme in Molecular Biology at Makerere University and researched on population genetics, geographical substructuring and infection kinetics of parasitic protozoa.  In August 2004, Dr. Asiimwe joined the Molecular Biology Laboratory as a Research Fellow and proceeded to enrol onto a joint PhD with Karolinska Institute in July 2005 and was later appointed Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Medical Microbiology in September 2005. Dr Asiimwe completed his PhD in 2008, and he was the first PhD graduate trained locally by the department of Medical Microbiology. His Research interests areMolecular epidemiology, genetics and host-parasite relationship of Mycobacterium  tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.For more about Dr Asiimwe’s Research activities, please follow the Research link on the home page, or download his CV.
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Dr David Kateete, Assistant Lecturer
•	Dr David Kateete

 Dr. Kateete obtained a Bachelor’s degeree in Veterinary Medicine and a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology at Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. In 1999, he was immediately recruited as Research Assistant in the then newly started Molecular Biology lab under Prof. George W. Lubega, at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University, where he worked till 2005. Dr Kateete is one of the pioneer trainees and students of molecular biology locally trained in Uganda. In 2005, he joined another newly created Moleceular Biology lab of the department of Medical Microbiology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, as a Research Associate, under Dr. Moses L. Joloba. He was later appointed as an Assistant Lecturer and obtained a 4-year forgartty scholarship for his doctoral studies. Dr Kateete has vast experience in Molecular Microbiology & Medical Parasitology, with exposure to various state of the art research laboratories across borders. His research interests are mainly in the area of Pathogen Biology, aiming at drug/vaccine target discovery and development &molecular diagnostics. For his PhD, he is studying the roles of quorum Sensing genes in Mycobacterium smegamatis. For more information about Dr Kateete’s Research activities, please follow the Research link on the home page, or download his CV.

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Dr. Sentongo Elizabeth
 

Specialization: Medical Parasitology


Dr. Sendagire Hakim
Dr. Sendagire Hakim

Dr Hakim Sendagire obtained his MbChB at Makerere University, Uganda and is currently a lecturer in the department of Medical Microbiology. He completed his post-doctral training (on the Sewankambo clinical Scholarship) at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Makerere University, where he analyzed molecular mechanisms and evolution of HIV resistance to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in line with recent ART roll-out, and helped map out or delayed development of resistance. Before this, he completed a PhD programme in Biochemistry studying the molecular markers associated with drug resistance malaria. he worked as a post-graduate researcher at Makerere University with Dr. Fred Kironde and Dr. Moses Kamya, he also worked in Dr. Philip Rosenthal’s laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco and in Prof. Gote Swedberg’s laboratory at Uppsala University, Sweden studying clinical, parasitological, in-vitro and molecular antimalarial drug resistance profiles in Uganda. As part of his PhD, he analyzed clinical samples for mutations in the malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) and dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) genes that are associated with Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine (SP, Fansidar) resistance. He is currently looking at the prevalence for the mutations associated with malaria resistance to relate them to prophylaxis with Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole (Co-trimoxazole) in HIV patients.  For more information about Dr Sendagire’s Research activities, please follow the Research link on the home page, or download his CV.

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Dr. Beatrice Achan
 

Specialization: Medical Microbiology