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Dr. Ester Innocent (BSc. (Ed); MSc. (Chem.); PhD

ITM - Director & Senior Research Fellow.

Department of Biological and Pre –Clinical Studies Email: minza@talk21.com Tel +255 22 2150096

She obtained her BSc (Educ.) degree in 1999 and then on the same year she joined MSc studies specializing natural product chemistry and graduated in 2002. She joined PhD studies in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Dar es Salaam where she graduated in 2007.  She joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in 2002 where she has served at different capacity as Research Fellow, Head of

Department (2009-2012) and currently, the Director (2012-todate). She has over 35 publications in peer reviewed international journals and active as supervisor for 2 PhD and 5 MSc students. Her research focus on bio-prospecting, Natural Products Chemistry, biological testing with the goal of discovery of bioactive compounds for herbal medicines and botanical insecticides development through; a) field survey to discover and document ethnobotanical uses of plant species for control of diseases pests and vectors and for treatment. b) Screening of different extracts from different parts of plants as well as pure compounds by using in-vitro and in-vivo models. c) Identifying distinct chemical markers in the active extracts, formulations or plant materials as basis for quality control in standardization of herbal medicines and botanical insecticides.  Dr. Innocent is a chairperson to ITM board; Treasurer to Tanzania Chemical Society (TCS) and served as National Representative for IUPAC Organic and Bio-molecular Chemistry Division (III). Also she is a member of various professional bodies including; The Natural product research in Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA) and The African Regional Postgraduate Program in Insect Science (ARPPIS) Scholars Association (ASA) and the Tanzania Academy of Science (TAAS). She is a member of technical harmonization committee of African Traditional Medicine Standards (THC-013) of the African Regional standard organization (ARSO)


 

Dr. Joseph Nicolao Otieno. (BSc., MSc. Forestry (SUA), PhD Ethnobotany (UDSM)

Senior Research Fellow & Head of Department

Department of Medical Botany, Plant Breeding and Agronomy Tel: +255 222150096 Mob. +255 784412625. Email: onicolao@yahoo.co.uk; jotieno@muhas.ac.tz, onicolao@gmail.com

Bsc, MSc. Forestry (SUA), PhD Ethnobotany (UDSM). A Tanzanian born in 21stst December 1966 Rorya District Mara Region. Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Traditional Medicines-Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. Specialized in Forest management & Mensuration and Ethnobotany. Main duties at the institute includes ethnobiomedical surveys, identification and medicinal plant conservation, Herbarium data management, agronomic and plant breeding research,

consultancy and teaching of post graduate students. Have short term specialized training in Research Methodology. Effective Project Planning and Evaluation in Biomedical Research. Herbarium Management and Plant Identification, Biodiversity Information Sharing policy and IT technology and IPR issues. Have published 6 articles in retrievable proceedings, 18 papers in regional and international peer reviewed journals, book chapters and technical reports. Did a  Post Doctoral training on Identification and monitoring the trade in Tanzanian wild-harvested medicinal plants by means of genomics-based DNA barcoding in Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden University Netherlands from 2012-2014


 

 Dr. Kapingu (Bpharm, PhD Phytochemistry)

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Natural Products Development and Formulations.

Tel +255 22 2150096 Mob +255 787678138, +255 717098504 Email: ckapingu@yahoo.com

 Born in Shinyanga district-Tinde in 1952. Obtained Diploma in Organic Chemistry Nankai University China (1978), Bpharm, Nanjing Pharmaceutical College China (1985) PhD (Phytochemistry) China Pharmaceutical University (1996)

Senior Research Fellow Muhimbili Unievrsity of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Dar-es–Salaam, Tanzania. 

He joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM), MUHAS in 1986.

Positions held include Head Department of Biological and Pre –Clinical Studies, Head of Department of Natural Product Development and Formulation, Head Formulation and Standardization of Herbal Medicines Unit. His research interests focus on the discovery of novel anti- HIV, Cancer and Malaria from medicinal plants. Recently has been focusing on formulation of herbal medicines for use against Malaria HIV/AIDS and Cholesterol.


 

Prof Rogasian Lemmy Anselm Mahunnah (PhD).

Associate Research Professor Associate Department of Medical Botany, Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Tel +255 22 2150096 Email: mahunnah@yahoo.co.uk

He joined the Institute in 1978 as a Tutorial Assistant. Over the years he climbed the academic ladder through teaching, research and consultancy. He was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 1989. To date he is Associate Research Professor in Medical botany at the Department of Medical Botany, Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Institute of Traditional Medicine, MUHAS; a post he has held since 1995.

He has published over 70 articles in scientific journals, books and conferences, mostly in the area of ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, and ethnopharmacology, conservation of medicinal plants, Policy/legal frameworks and environment. Prof Mahunnah served in the capacity of Director of the ITM between 1994-2000; member of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Plants of the African Union (1998- 2005) and a temporary expert in traditional medicine at the WHO/AFRO, Brazzaville from 2005-2012.  He also served as the first Chairman of the Traditional and Alternative Health Practice Council of Tanzania in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare from 2005 to March, 2013. He retired from Public Service in 2006 and since then to-date is engaged in teaching, research and consultancy at ITM, MUHAS.


 

 Dr. Pax  Jessey  Masimba (BVM, MVM, PhD)

Research Fellow & Head of Department, Biological and Pre –Clinical Studies, Email: paxmasimba@gmail.com Tel: +255 22 2150096.

 EDUCATION BACKGROUND

 University Education: PhD (Microbiology; HIV-1 Drug Resistance): University of Basel, Switzerland, 2011; Master of Veterinary Medicine (Microbiology): Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania, 2003; Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine: Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania, 1999.

RESEARCH AREAS, INTEREST AND EXPERIENCE

Working as a Research Fellow in the Department of Biological and Pre-Clinical Studies, the main interest has been on drug screening/discovery from natural products with emphasis on:

•Identification of HIV-1 lead compounds from medicinal plants

•Identification of antibacterial and antifungal agents from medicinal plants

•Research on anti- cancer, anti-diabetics, anti-epileptics and anti-malarials from herbal plants

 SKILLS

-In-vivo and in-vitro drug assays particularly cytotoxicity, anti-microbial assays, anti-malarial assay, anti-diabetic assays and anti-epileptic assays

-Molecular based techniques e.g. PCR, Sequencing, Microarrays

-Microscopy including Immunofluorescence techniques


 

 Baraka Samwel [BSc. (UDSM), MSc. (MUHAS)]

Assistant Research Fellow, Department of Natural Products Development and Formulations. Email: barakandiege@yahoo.co.uk.

Baraka Samwel was awarded his BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2010. In 2011, He was enrolled to pursue MSc in Traditional Medicines Development at the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and graduating in 2013. In 2013 he joined ITM- MUHAS as a Research Fellow Trainee.

In 2014, he was promoted to Assistant research Fellow. From March- September, 2015 he joined CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) in India as a Research Trainee Fellow Staff. He is a member of the Natural Product Research in Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA). His research interests basing on identification and characterization of biological active phytochemicals from medicinal plants. Currently, he is a PhD student at MUHAS. His PhD study aiming on establishing, isolating and characterizing of mosquito larvicidal active phytochemicals.


 

Jackson Thomas (BSc. MSc.)

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Biological and Pre –Clinical Studies, Email: jthomas.mo@gmail.com

Personal Information

He was Born in 1984 in Arusha, Tanzania. He joined ITM in Aug 2015 from Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Bagamoyo Research and Training Centre (IHI-BRTC) where he worked for five (5) years, first as a lab scientist 2010-2011, then as a Laboratory Manager (2013-2015).

 ACCADEMIC AND PROFFESIONAL TRAINING

Masters of Science in Infection Biology, MSc. (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute –University of Basel, Switzerland). (2011-2013)

Bachelor of Science, BSc. in Biotechnology and Laboratory Science (BLS), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) (2007-2010).

Quality Assurance for human subject research: Implementation of international guidelines for conduct of clinical and epidemiological studies (GCP, GCLP, and Guidelines for Epidemiological studies). Conducted by Royal Tropical Institute (February 17-19 2014)

Training for Trainers course on Quality Assurance for human subject research. Conducted by Royal Tropical Institute (February 20-21, 2014)

Good Clinical Practice and Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP). Offered by Ifakara Health Institute (IHI). (May 16, 2014)

Global Access to health offered by Geneva Health Forum (April 18-20 2012)

Clinical Practice, offered by Quintiles (February 01 2011)

Clinical Practice (GCP) Training for MVI clinical studies. Conducted by PPD (October 22-23 2010)


 

 David Credo [BSc. (UDSM).

Tutorial Assistant, Department of Natural Products Development and Formulations Mob: +255 755765208, +255 653426718, E -mail: credodavid@gmail.com

Born: David Credo was born in March 25, 1987 in Kwimba district, Mwanza, Tanzania.

Education and Training:

He received his BSc. (Majoring in Chemistry and Microbiology) in 2011 at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

He attended an Advanced Training in Quality Assurance for safe food in   ACP (African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States)  provided by EDES in 2014 held in Dar es salaam, Tanzania

Skills and Experiences

 Isolation of pure natural compounds (drugs) from medicinal plants.

In-vivo and in-vitro drug assays particularly anti-microbial assays.

Molecular based techniques e.g. PCR and Short Tandem Repeats (STR) analysis for Human DNA.

In 2015 he joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), as a Tutorial Assistant, Department of Natural Products Development and Formulations


 

 Ismail Almas A. BedScience (UDSM), MSc. Traditional Medicine Development (MUHAS)

Tutorial assistant/Training research fellow, Department of Natural Products Development and Formulations, Email: sumaville02@yahoo.co.uk, Mob. +255 719 128 044.

Ismail A. Almas was born in 29th December, 1985 in Mvomero District, Morogoro region, Tanzania. He received Bed Science in Chemistry in 2009 at the University Of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He then enrolled for MSc. in traditional medicine development at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, graduating in 2015.

He is currently serving as Tutorial assistant and professional training, department of Natural Product Development and Formulation. His interest in research lies in Natural product chemistry, botanical insecticides, isolation of active ingredients from medicinal plants used for insecticides, cancer, and infertility and Malaria treatment. Also ethnobotanical survey to discover and document uses of medicinal plants species.


 

Dr Francis Machumi. (BSc (Ed), MSc. PhD)

Research Fellow, Department of Natural Products Development and Formulations, Email:  francis.machumi@gmail.com

He holds a PhD in Chemistry earned at University of Nairobi (2011), an MSc in Organic Chemistry earned at University of Botswana (2004) and a BSc (Ed) from University of Dar es Salaam (2002). He joined the ITM-MUHAS in November 2013 as a Research Fellow in the department of Natural Products Development and Formulations.

 His research interests are in isolation and identification natural products from medicinal plants, antimicrobial and antiparasitic assays as well as derivertization and synthesis of natural products.


 

 Mr Mourice N. Mbunde (BSc., MSc, PhD student)

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Natural Products Development and Formulation, Email: mouricevictor@gmail.com Mob +255 757 942 103, +255 784 864 417, +255 658 559 795

 Born in 1986 at Rorya District, Mara. Obtained his bachelor degree (BSc. Wildlife Management) in 2011 at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) then joined in the same year for postgraduate studies doing MSc Natural Products Technology and Value Addition at Sokoine University of Agriculture and graduated in 2013.

He joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in the year 2014 as Assistant Lecturer serving under the department of Natural Products Development and Formulations. Currently he is pursuing his PhD studies at MUHAS with focus on discovery of antifungal drug from traditionally used Tanzanian medicinal plants. This is a sandwich Programme between MUHAS and Stockholm University (SU), Sweden.

His research interests dwell in Natural Product Chemistry, Ecosystem Health, Natural products processing and value addition, identification of plants with antifungal activities, antioxidants from plants.


 

Siri Abihudi. (BSc, MSc)

Assistant lecture, Department of Medical Botany, Agronomy and Plant Breeding ITM. Email: sabihudi@gmail.com Mob: +255759358211; 255712958211

 She was born in Mwanga district, Kilimanjaro region. She joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences MUHAS), working as an assistant lecturer at the Department of Medical Botany, Agronomy and Plant Breeding in 2015.

She did her Master of Science in Traditional Medicine at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 2014 and her Bachelor of Environmental Science and Natural Resources at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda in 2012.

Her research interests focus on Systematic botany, Molecular based techniques. e.g. DNA bacoding,  Evolutionary biology, biodiversity, Ethno-botanical skills and data collection techniques and Ecosystem health and biodiversity.


 

 Prof. Mainen Moshi (BPharm, PhD)

Associate Research Professor& Directorate, Research and Publications.

Department of Biological and Pre –Clinical Studies, E-mail: mmoshi@muhas.ac.tz; gynura1955@yahoo.com, Mob: +255 22 2152489, Fax +255 22 2150465

Born on 28th January 1955 in Moshi Rural, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Moshi is the Director of Undergraduate Education of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

He obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree (1984) at the University of Dar es Salaam, Muhimbili Campus, and a PhD  (Pharmacology, 1991) at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

Positions held include: Director Institute of Traditional Medicine (MUHAS), Director of Information and Communications Technology (MUHAS); Associate Member Tanzania Academy of Sciences, Member Adverse Drugs Reactions Technical Advisory Committee (TFDA), Member Cosmetics Technical Advisory Committee (TFDA), Member COSTECH Health R&D Committee, Member Human Medicines Registration Committee (TFDA),Member Tanzania National Health Research Forum Ethical Review Committee, Member Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology R&D Advisory Committee of Information, Communication and Technology, WHO/TDR trainer for Good Laboratory Practice; Chairman Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Committee for Promotion of Herbal Medicines; Member, Editorial Board, Tanzania Journal of Health Research; Reviewer for several regional and International Journals.

Keywords: Pharmacology; Ethnopharmacology; antimicrobials; antimalarials; diabetes; drug discovery; value-edition.


 

 Dr. Edmund J. Kayombo (BSc (Ed), MSc, PhD)

Research Fellow, Department of Medical Botany, Agronomy and Plant Breeding ITM. Email: ekayombo@hotmail.com, edmundkayombo@yahoo.com

 He was born at Mlangali Village, Ludewa district Njombe Region in October 16, 1952. Obtained Diploma in Teachers Training College Dar-es-Salaam 1979, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Arts (Demography), Dar-es-Salaam University, 1984 and 1988 respectively, Tanzania and PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology University of Vienna, Austria.

He joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in 1989. His research interests focus on the role of Traditional health practitioners on provision of healthcare with focus on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and initiation of collaboration between conventional and traditional medicine practitioners.


 

 Ramadhani SO Nondo (BPharm, MSc, PhD student)

Assistant Research Fellow, Department of Biological and Pre –Clinical Studies, Email: nondo75@yahoo.com, rnondo@muhas.ac.tz

 Born: 1975 in Kiwangwa village, Bagamoyo district,

Residence: Bunju B, Kinondoni district, DSM

Academic and Professional Training

PhD student registered at MUHAS 2011 to date

MSc. Pharmacology, University of Strasbourg1, Strasbourg – France (2007 – 2009)

 Certificate of French as a Foreign Language; Centre for Applied Linguistics,  University of Franche-Comté, Besançon- France ( 2006 – 2007)

WHO/TDR Capacity Building on Malaria Drug Discovery Bio-Assay Training.

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi- Kenya (2006)

Internship at Muhimbili National Hospital (2003 – 2004)

Bachelor of Pharmacy. University of Dar es Salaam, UDSM (1999 – 2003)

Research interest : Drug Discovery from Natural products

Research area: Searching new antimalarial molecules from medicinal plants traditionally used for treatment of malaria in Tanzania with the aim of getting effective and safe antimalarial compounds.


 

Febronia Christian Uiso (BSc, MSc)

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Natural Products Development and Formulation Email: fcuiso@muhas.ac.tz

 RESEARCH AREAS, INTEREST AND EXPERIENCE
1.Screening of Tanzanian Plants for different activities
2.Towards the Development and Evaluation of Traditional Herbal Remedies for Efficacy and Safety for Treatment of HIV/AIDS-Infected Patients in Tanzania.
3.Maternal Health, Nutrition and pregnancy outcome
4.Indigenous Foods and Food Additives for the Management of Health conditions including HIV/AIDS – an Eco-Health approach.
5.Medicinal and Food Plants for the Mitigation of Health Conditions
6.Phytochemical screening of traditionally used medicinal Plants for different chemical compounds such as alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, terpenoids and coumarins. General qualitative and quantitative detection of the mentioned chemical compounds.
7.Isolation, characterization and identification of different compounds from plants used in traditional medicine from different regions of the country.
8.Extraction and screening of different plant extracts and isolated compounds for biological activities such as antibacterial, antifungal, molluscicidal and antidiabetic activities.
9.Ethnobotanical surveys in different parts of the country and study of consumption patterns and nutritional contribution of leafy vegetables and fruits, including risk assessment of consumption of some antinutritional components in plant based foods.
10.Observation and safety assessment of traditional healer’s management of HIV/AIDS.




 Boniphace Charles (BLS  SUA)

Tutorial Assistant, Department of Biological and Pre-clinical Studies

Mob: +255 783009700, +255 763009700, E -mail: rkerage17@gmail.com.

 Born in 1984 at Tarime District, Mara-Tanzania. Obtained his bachelor degree (BSc. Biotechnology & Lab. Sciences) in 2011 at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). He worked as a Teacher under Ministry of Education and Vocational Training at Nguva Secondary School, Kigamboni, Dar es salaam teaching biology and chemistry (2007-2009) and Kimbiji secondary school teaching chemistry & Biology as well as preparing and teaching practicals (2011-2015).

In 2015 he joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), as a Tutorial Assistant in Biological and Preclinical Studies.

 RESEARCH AREAS AND INTEREST

Drug screening of natural plants for antimalarial and antimicrobial bioactive ingredients.

Molecular based techniques in identification of antimalarial and  antimicrobial  bioactive ingredients in medicinal plants.


 

 Zaituni Msengwa BSc. Chem & Bio. (UDSM), MSc. Trad. Medicine Development (MUHAS)

Laboratory Scientist, Department of Biological and Pre – Clinical Studies

E -mail:  msengwa_z@yahoo.com

Currently, she is a laboratory scientist at the department of Biological testing and Pre-clinical studies of the Institute of Traditional Medicine-MUHAS. She graduated   M.S.c in Traditional Medicine Development of ITM-MUHAS in 2014. She is also a holder of B.Sc (Ed) of UDSM (DUCE) graduated in 2009.

 She is a member of the Natural Product Research in Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA) and Tanzania Chemist Society (TCS). Since she joined ITM-MUHAS, she has attended various training and workshop including the 16th NAPRECA Pre-symposium workshop on NMR for structural Elucidation of Natural Products, Nanomedicine and Computer Aided Drug Design conducted at NM-AIST in Arusha Sept, 2015 and DNA amplification and bar coding conducted at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in collaboration with Upsala University of Sweden in Nov, 2013.


 

 

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P.O. Box 65001, Dar es Salaam,
E-mail: ditm@muhas.ac.tz
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