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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

About Me: (a short bio)
I obtained my BSc (Educ.) degree in 1999 and then on the same year I joined MSc studies specializing natural product chemistry and graduated in 2002. I joined PhD studies in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Dar es Salaam where I graduated in 2007.  I joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in 2002 where I served at different capacity as Research Fellow, Head of Department (2009-2012) and currently, the Director (2012-todate). I have over 40 publications in peer reviewed international journals and active as supervisor for more than 15 students including PhD, MSc and undergraduate students.  
 I saved as a Treasurer to Tanzania Chemical Society (TCS) and a National Representative for IUPAC Organic and Bio-molecular Chemistry Division (III). Also, I am serving as a member of various professional bodies including; The Natural product research in Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA), The African Regional Postgraduate Program in Insect Science (ARPPIS) Scholars Association (ASA) and the Tanzania Academy of Science (TAAS). Currently I am a chairperson to ITM board; member to technical harmonization committee of African Traditional Medicine Standards (THC-013) of the African Regional standard organization (ARSO); Chairperson, Traditional medicines technical committee (CDC 20) of the Tanzania standard bureau (TBS) and member of Advisory committee of Public health and medicine, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)
Expertise:
•    Chemistry of Natural product
•    Organic Spectroscopy
•    Bio-prospecting including ethnopharmacology
Research interests
My research focus is on bio-prospecting, Natural Products Chemistry, biological testing with the goal of discovering 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 Francis Machumi. (BSc (Ed), MSc. PhD)

Acting Head of Department- Department of Natural Product Development and Formulation

Research Fellow, Email:  francis.machumi@gmail.com


 
About me: (a short bio)
I graduated my PhD in Chemistry at University of Nairobi in 2011 after doing MSc in Organic Chemistry at University of Botswana in 2004 and BSc (Ed) at University of Dar es Salaam in 2002. Since then I have been teaching and researching on natural products from traditionally used medicinal plants. I joined Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in 2013 as a Research Fellow. I am a member to three professional and research networks; Tanzania Chemical Society (TCS), Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA) and the Royal Chemical Society (RSC).
Expertise:
My expertise includes separation of active metabolites from medicinal plants, spectroscopic identification of secondary metabolites, synthetic modifications of secondary metabolites and antimicrobial assays.
Research Interests:
My 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.


 

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

Head of Department- Department of Medical Botany, Plant Breeding and Agronomy

Senior Research Fellow,Tel: +255 222150096 Mob. +255 784412625. Email: onicolao@yahoo.co.uk; jotieno@muhas.ac.tz, onicolao@gmail.com


About Me: (a short bio)
I am a Tanzanian born in 21stst December 1966 Rorya District Mara Region. My tertiary education is recorded from Sokoine University of Agriculture for Bsc, and MSc. Forestry, then PhD Ethnobotany at the University of Dares Salaam. Currently I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Traditional Medicines-Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. Specialized in Forest management & Mensuration and Ethnobotany. I 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, 33 papers in regional and international peer reviewed journals, book chapters and technical reports. Did a  Post Doctoral training on genomics-based DNA barcoding in Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden University Netherlands from 2012-2014. Currently is managing 2 projects funded by Swedish Research Council and USAID on DNA genomic technology on Tanzania traded medicinal plants
Research Interests:
Research interest is mainly on documentation and conservation of medicinal plants and plant DNA barcoding. About 400 medicinal plant samples have been collected for DNA bar-coding studies. The gene sequences of these are destined for uploading to the international gene bank.


 

Dr. Modest C. 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

 About Me:
I joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in 1986. Positions held include Head Department, of Biological and Pre –Clinical Studies, Head Department of Natural Product Development and Formulation, Head Formulation and Standardization of Herbal Medicine Unit.
Expertise:
Pharmacist and Phytochemist expert in Formulation and Standardization of herbal medicine, isolation and elucidation of compounds from herbal medicine.
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.
Selected Publications.


 

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)

 Head of Department-Department of Biological and Pre –Clinical Studies.

Research Fellow,Email: paxmasimba@gmail.com Tel: +255 22 2150096.

 My Biography:
I completed my bachelor degree in Veterinary Medicine, BVM, in 1999 at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Master of Veterinary Medicine (Microbiology) in 2003 at SUA, and PhD (Microbiology) in 2011 at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland.I worked as a tutor at the Animals Diseases Research Institute in Dar es Salaam for one year in 2004 before joining MUHAS in January 2005 as an Assistant Research Fellow. The other professional trainings which have obtained include malaria parasite culture at the College of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi, Kenya (one month), Cell culture and anti-HIV-virus screening testing at Noguchi Memorial Institute, University of Ghana (3 months), and NMR techniques at University of Potsdam (3 months). I also completed one year Post Doctoral training on medicinal plants and climate change under the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) Program at the University of Dare s Salaam in 2016. I have published over 25 papers in regional and international peer reviewed journals, and technical reports. My publications emanate from research on anti-microbial, anti-malarial, anti-epileptic, anti-diabetic, anti-HIV, cytotoxic and anti-cancer agents from medicinal plants.

Expertise:
•    In-vivo and in-vitro drug assays particularly cytotoxicity, anti-microbial assays, anti-malarial assay, anti-diabetic assays and anti-    epileptic assays
•    Cell culture techniques
•    Molecular based techniques e.g. PCR, Sequencing, Micro-arrays
•    Microscopy including Immuno-fluorescence techniques
Research Interests:
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- malaria from herbal plants


 

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

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

About me: (a short bio)
I was awarded BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2010. In 2011, I was enrolled to pursue MSc in Traditional Medicines Development at MUHAS and graduating in 2013. In 2013, I joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine, MUHAS as a Research Fellow Trainee. In 2014, I was promoted to Assistant research Fellow. From March- September 2015, I joined CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) in India as a Research Trainee Fellow Staff. I’m a member of the Natural Product Research in Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA).
Expertise:
My expertise lies in detection, isolation and characterization of bioactive natural compounds from plants materials.
Research Interests:
My research interest is on identification and characterization of mosquito larvicidal active compounds from medicinal plants. Currently, he is a PhD student at MUHAS. His PhD research focusing on evaluation of mosquito larvicidal activity of some Tanzanian medicinal plants formulations in laboratory and semi-field.


 

Jackson Thomas (BSc. MSc.)

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

About Me: (a short bio)
I graduated MSc. in Infection Biology at the University of Basel, Switzerland in 2013 after doing BSc in Biotechnology and Laboratory Sciences at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania in 2010. I joined ITM in Aug 2015 from Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Bagamoyo Research and Training Centre (IHI-BRTC) where I worked for five (5) years, first as a lab scientist 2010-2011, then as a Laboratory Manager (2013-2015).
Expertise:
•    In-vitro drug assays particularly, anti-microbial assays, anti-malarial assay, anti-diabetic assays and anti-epileptic assays
•    Molecular based techniques e.g. PCR, SNP typing, Spoligotyping and MIRU-VNTR Typing.
Research Interests:
My research interest includes control of infectious diseases and drug screening/discovery from natural products mainly to identify compounds with antimicrobial activity from medicinal plants.


 

 David Credo [BSc. (UDSM).

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

About me: (a short bio)
I was born in March 25, 1987 in Kwimba district, Mwanza, Tanzania. I received my Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Chemistry and Microbiology) in 2011 at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In 2015 I 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.
I graduated my Master of Science in Traditional Medicines Development at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in 2017
Expertise:
Extraction, Screening, Isolation and structural identification of pure natural compounds (drugs) from medicinal plants and pharmacological assays for discovery of medicinal/bioactive compounds
Research Interests:
His research interest is based on isolation and identification of bioactive compounds from medicinal plants as well as pharmacological assays for the purpose of new drugs discovery and evaluation.


 

 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.

About me: (a short bio)
I was born in 29th December, 1985 in Mvomero District, Morogoro region, Tanzania. I received Bachelor of education in Science (Chemistry) in 2009 at the University Of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I then enrolled for MSc. in traditional medicine development at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, graduating in 2015. Currently I am doing PhD at MUHAS on chemical composition and mosquito repellent properties of essential oils with the aim of developing botanical repellents.I am currently serving as Assistant Lecture, department of Natural Product Development and Formulation.
Expertise:
my experience lies in mosquito repellency bioassay, ticks bioassay, isolation and phytochemical processes of natural products, chemistry of essential oils and other secondary metabolites and neglected tropical diseases.
Research Interests:
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.


 

 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

About Me: (a short bio)
I hold a bachelor degree in Wildlife Management and MSc in Natural Products Technology and Value Addition. Currently, with funding support from Swedish Research Council I am pursuing my PhD studies at MUHAS working on antifungal compounds from Tanzanian medicinal plants. I joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) in 2014 serving as Assistant Lecturer at the department of Natural Products Development and Formulations.
Expertise:
I am a natural products specialist, but has also expertise in ethnozoology, wildlife ecology, conservation biology.
Research Interests:
My 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

Born on 3rd September, 1988 in Mwanga district, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
She joined the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences MUHAS), working as an assistant lecturer since 3rd August, 2015. She did her Master of Science in Traditional Medicine at MUHAS, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 2014 and her Bachelor of Environmental Science and Natural Resources at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda in 2012. Currently she is perusing her PhD in Life Sciences (Biodiversity and ecosystem management) at Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Tanzania.
Her research interests focus on Systematic botany, Molecular based techniques. e.g. DNA bacoding,  Evolutionary biology, Ecosystem health, biodiversity, Ethno-botanical skills and modeling studies.

 


 Prof. Mainen Moshi (BPharm, PhD)

Director, Undergraduate Education - MUHAS.

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

About Me: (a short bio)
I graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the Division of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Dar es Salaam.  I went on to do a PhD in cardiovascular pharmacology at the Royal College, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where I graduated in 1991.  Since then I returned to the Institute of Traditional Medicine, University of Dar es Salaam where I have served as a tutorial Assistant 1985,and have been doing research in ethnopharmacology and teaching pharmacology to Pharmacy, Dental, medical and nursing undergraduate and postgraduate students.I was among the team responsible for developing an MSc in Traditional Medicines Development course and recently lead initiatives to establish a program in biomedical Engineering for which a curriculum is already developed and awaiting accreditation.
I have served in several capacities at the University and outside, including being a member of the University Senate, Committee of Deans and Directors, Senate Research and Publications Committee, Senate Higher Degrees Committee, the Research Ethics Committee (IRB), and the Expedited Review Committee. I served as Head of the Experimental Pharmacology Unit of the Institute of Traditional Medicine (MUHAS), thereafter became director of the Institute of Traditional Medicine (2003-2009) and in 2009-2012 served as the Director of ICT before being appointed the University Director of Research and Publications in 2012. At National level I have served as a member of different Committees including Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) Adverse Drug Reactions Technical Advisory Committee, TFDA Cosmetics Technical Advisory Committee, TFDA Technical Advisory Committee for the Registration of Human Medicines, TFDA Human Medicines Registration Committee, Tanzania National Health Research Forum Executive Committee, Tanzania National Health Forum Research Ethics Committee, Chairman of a Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Committee for Promotion of Herbal Medicines from 2011 -2014, Chairman of Tanzania Global Fund Malaria Sub-Committee (2013 – 2015), Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) Health R&D Committee and member of the Commission for Science and Technology ICT Advisory Committee.

At International level I have served as a WHO/TDR trainer for Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, University of Cape Town, University of Free Orange State and Brazil (for some South American universities and research institutes) in the period 1999 - 2005. I served as a GLP technical advisor to a WHO/TDR funded STI project at the Peking Medical School in 2003. In July 2012 I served in a WHO/AFRO technical advisory team on Traditional Medicine in Brazzaville, Congo which developed different guidelines on traditional medicine. I also served in preparatory committees for the development of WHO/TDR handbooks in Good Laboratory Practice, and Non-clinical toxicology handbook

Currently I am a member of the Pharmacy Council Registration Technical Advisory Committee, Member of the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College Governing Board, Member of the Tanzania HIV Indicator Survey Steering Committee, Associate Editor of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and a reviewer for several regional and international journals.
Expertise:
Ethnopharmacology research with specific interest in: Antimicrobial testing,Antimalarial testing,Antiviral testing,Brine shrimp lethality testing,Isolated organs experiments,Hypoglycaemic activity testing,Antiulcer testing,Radioimmunoassay Chromogenic assay of enzymes,Preclinical toxicology,GLP trainer
Research interests:
My current research focus is to contribute to national and international efforts to eradicate malaria. I have already built expertise for in vivo and in vitro antimalarial testing through training and supervising PhD students. I have championed studies leading to publishable results on in vivo and in vitro antimalarial screening studies using rodent Plasmodium berghei and human Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite species


 

 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

About Me:

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.

Expertise:I am professional teacher (lecturer) and researcher in traditional and alternative medicine and research methods. I am involved in teaching university undergraduate and postgraduate at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. I have carried a numbers of studies in traditional medicine and on public health. Besides the above I am a chairperson chairman of the Traditional and Alternative Health Practitioners Council (TAHPC).

Research interest:I am interested in carrying studies on traditional and alternative medicine specifically philosophy involved in the practice, material medica used for different ill health condition and management of health problems. Besides traditional medicine I am also interested in carrying studies on public and reproductive health.


 

 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

About Me: (a short bio)
I was born in Bagamoyo District, in Coast region. I completed Bachelor of Pharmacy degree (BPharm) at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) in 2003, Certificate of French as a Foreign Language at the University of Franche-Comté (Besançon, France) in 2006, and MSc Pharmacology at the University of Strasbourg (Strasbourg-France) in 2009. In 2016, I completed my PhD studies at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), focusing on evaluation for efficacy and safety of Tanzanian medicinal plants traditionally used for the treatment of malaria.
I was employed at the Institute of Traditional Medicine-MUHAS in 2005 as Research Assistant in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, now Department of Biological and Pre-Clinical Studies. Currently, I am working in the same department as Research Fellow.
Expertise:In vitro culturing of mammalian cell lines and malaria parasite ,In vitro evaluation for antimalarial activity of crude extracts, fractions and pure compounds ,In vitro evaluation for cytotoxic activity of extracts and pure compounds on mammalian cell lines (by MTT and MTS assays) and on brine shrimp larvae (Artemia salina L.),In vitro drug assays for evaluation of antibacterial and antifungal activity by disc diffusion and microdilution methods,In vivo evaluation for antimalarial activity using rodent malaria parasites (Plasmodium berghei) model,In vivo drug assays for evaluation of anti-convulsant activity (using pentylenetetrazole- and picrotoxin-induced convulsions model) and anti-diabetes activity by oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT),Molecular biology techniques used in drug discovery (extraction of proteins, extraction of RNA, Western blot and PCR Array techniques),Extraction and fractionation of biologically active chemical constituents from medicinal plants
Research interests:
My research interest is on drug discovery from medicinal plants traditionally used for prevention and treatment of diseases in Tanzania. My research area is on evaluation for biological activities of crude extracts, fractions and isolated compounds from medicinal plants focusing on antimalarial, antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, anti-epilepsy, and anti-diabetes activities.


 

Febronia Christian Uiso (BSc, MSc)

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

About me: (a short bio):

I am employed as a Senior Research Fellow, Natural Products Chemistry and Development,ITM-MUHAS. I have a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees of the University of Dar es Salaam. I also have a Master of Science in Human Nutrition of the McGill University, Canada pursued during my course of employment at MUHAS.  Currently, I am employed on contract terms after attaining compulsory retirement age. I am interested in the Traditional Medicine System as a whole, including its philosophy and their material medica.  I have done research on medicinal plants with antibacterial activity and some of the findings appear in my coauthored early publications. I have also screened plants for molluscicidal activity and general phytochemical screening for different classes of plant constituents such as alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, terpenoids and other components. I have looked at medicinal and nutritional aspects of herbal medicines given that they are ingestion as total extracts. I also have an interest on disease mitigation and health promotion of herbal medicines specifically for diseases like diabetes and other conditions including HIV/AIDS associated conditions. In the course of work, I have further been working on some aspect of Health policy and development including intellectual property rights of the traditional medicine system.
Expertise:
Master of Science in Chemistry specializing in phytochemistry and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition specializing in indigenous medicinal and food plants including their toxicological aspects.  General Quality Control Training.




Mr. Boniphace C. Mwita (BSc Biotech & Lab Sciences, MSc Trad. Med Development Student

Tutorial Assistant, Department of Biological and Pre-clinical Studies

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

 About Me: (a short bio)
I was born in 1984 in Tarime District, Mara region -Tanzania; I completed Bachelor of   Biotechnology & Lab. Sciences at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)-Morogoro in 2011. I worked as a Teacher under the 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). I 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 in 2015. Currently I am undertaking MSc studies in Traditional Medicine Development at the Institute of Traditional Medicine-MUHAS
Expertise:
Molecular techniques; DNA extraction, PCR, Biotyping, Sequencing & Recombinant DNA Technology
Research Interests:
My research interest is on drug discovery from medicinal plants traditionally used for prevention and treatment of diseases in Tanzania particularly on screening and evaluation of antimalarial, antibacterial and antifungal activities of crude extracts, fractions and isolated compounds from medicinal plants and application of 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

About Me: (a short bio)
I am a laboratory scientist at the Department of Biological and Pre-clinical Studies of the Institute of Traditional Medicine-MUHAS since 2015. I graduated MSc in Traditional Medicine Development at ITM-MUHAS in 2014. I am also a holder of BSc (Ed) of UDSM graduated in 2009.
Expertise:
Conducting in vivo and in vitro bioassays particularly antiulcer, anti-epilepsy, anti-diabetic, antimicrobial and toxicity test. Also, doing   extraction, isolation and structure elucidation of pure compounds from natural products
Research Interests:
My research interest is on Drug discovery from natural products mainly from medicinal plants. It includes extraction, isolation and structure elucidation of pure compounds and testing the biological activities of plant extracts and pure compounds leading to standardization and Formulation of herbal drug.


 

 

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