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February 15, 2023 scholarship

We are extending the deadline for the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Immunology and Tissue Biology (AHRI Durban Campus) – we would be grateful if you could disseminate this information widely within your networks – (details below):


This three-year postdoctoral position in Professor Zaza Ndhlovu’s research group at AHRI in Durban, South Africa, is embedded in a recently awarded Bill and Melinda Gates-funded grant.

The major barrier to HIV prevention and cure efforts is the extremely rapid establishment of reservoirs throughout the body. The precise nature, phenotype, and size of the persistent HIV reservoirs in tissues is poorly understood. The project will involve studying human tissue samples that are highly enriched in lymphoid structures such as lymph nodes, gut and various post-mortem samples. The tissues will be analyzed using the best-in class spatial imaging technology to defining where HIV hides within the human body during therapy and examine how persistent infection alters tissue resident immunity. Knowledge gained from this study will be used to design a cure for HIV which entails total eradication of HIV from the body.

This project is part of the BMGF funded international HIV reservoirs consortium that brings together experts in high dimensional imaging, human immunology, virology, and HIV vaccinology. The project will therefore involve regular interactions with this extensive international research network and is an excellent opportunity for a rapid career development.


  • Ph.D. qualification in Immunology, histology and imaging, molecular biology etc.
  • High dimensional flowcytometry
  • Experience in human genome sequence analysis and RNA-Seq data will be desirable.
  • Knowledge of infectious disease research is preferable but not essential (particularly HIV)
  • Ability to prepare results for publication and draft own manuscripts
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and team orientated

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and C.V with the subject listed as ‘Postdoc in Immunology and tissue biology, ZN’ to education@ahri.orgThe closing date for applications is 28 February 2023. 


January 23, 2023 Short Course
The Africa Center of Excellence in Materials Product Development and Nanotechnology (MAPRONANO ACE) project in partnership with Infectious Diseases Institute Bioinformatics Center of Excellence, Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS), College of Information Sciences (CoCIS) & Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST) is conducting a student/staff exchange Short Course Training in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Bioinformatics for Health Care (AIM-B).
DATE: Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th January. TIME: 8 am-5 pm

Join zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 956 7128 2622
Passcode: 782450
To participate, download the attached poster and course timetable.


January 17, 2023 Call for fellowships
MakDARTA now seeks to recruit TWO (2) qualified Ugandans for Ph.D. doctoral training in Health Data Science.
The Makerere University Data Science Research Training Program to Strengthen Evidence-Based Health Innovation, Intervention, and Policy (MakDARTA) is a training grant funded by the NIH/ Fogarty (Grant Number U2RTW012116) as part of a broader initiative entitled Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa). The grant is a collaborative effort of multiple principal Investigators from Makerere University, Uganda and Johns Hopkins University, (JHU) USA. The MakDARTA program aims to train graduate students in data science but also develop sustainable health data science programs at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS).
MakDARTA now seeks to recruit qualified Ugandans under the following thematic areas.
1. Infectious diseases of global importance i.e, epidemics of pandemic potential e.g., hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola, Marburg, etc.
2. Non-Communicable Diseases: Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD), Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) and Diabetes Mellitus.
3. Climate change and Health: Effects of heat, air pollution on health and outcomes.
Download the attachment to read more about eligibility and application procedures!


January 15, 2023 PhD Defense

The Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences Makerere University College of Health Sciences invites you to a scheduled PUBLIC PhD DEFENSE

TUESDAY. 17th January. 2023 02:00 pm (EAT)

Venue: MakCHS Conference Room, 2nd Floor Clinical Research Building and Online


PhD Candidate: Ester Lilian Acen

Title: Effect of Vitamin D binding Protein Gene Polymorphisms and Vitamin D bioavailabilty on Cathelicidin expression in Tuberculosis infection and disease



  1. Prof. William Worodria
  2. Assoc Prof. Irene Andia Biraro
  3. Dr. David Patrick Kateete
  4. Prof. Moses L. Joloba


  1. Dr. Sande James Obondo
  2. Dr. Bernard Bagaya


Prof. Joel Bazira, Mbarara University of Science & Technology


  1. Dr. Henry Kajumbula
  2. Dr. Freddie Bwanga
  3. Dr. Jackson Mukhonzo
  4. Assoc. Prof . Jessica Nakavuma
  5. Assoc Prof. Josephine Kasolo


The Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences, MakCHS.

Ms Ester PhD Defense 2023


November 8, 2022 PhD Defense

The Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences, Makerere University College of Health Sciences invites you to be part of Dr. Paul Katongole’s PhD defense scheduled for Friday 18th November 2022 at 5:00 pm (EAT). See details below:

PhD Candidate:  Paul Katongole

Thesis Title: “The Role of Gut microbiome in Prostate cancer disease Pathogenesis”

Date: Friday 18th November 2022

Time: 5:00 pm (East African Time)

Venue: Online and Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, Conference Room

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 945 3675 0217
Passcode: 559942  :


Dr. Maike De La Roche, PhD, Cambridge University, Cancer Research UK- Cambridge Institute


Dr. Nixon Niyonzima, Uganda Cancer Institute, Kampala

Dr. James Obondo Sande, Makerere University , Kampala

Prof Moses L. Joloba, Makerere University, Kampala

Internal Examiners

  1. Dr. David P. Kateete, Senior Lecturer, Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
  1. Dr. Rose Nabatanzi, Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
  1. Assoc. Prof. Benon Asiimwe, Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

External Examiner

Dr. Maike De la Roche, PhD, Cambridge University, Cancer Research UK- Cambridge Institute

Defense Chair

The Dean School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

Dr. Katongole Paul PhD Defense


August 3, 2022 Call for bids

Makerere University Biomedical Research  Centre  (MakBRC) now invites suitably qualified bidders to submit sealed pre-qualification submissions for the provision of works, services and supplies.

Pre-qualification submissions will be evaluated in accordance with the  Public Procurement and  Disposal of   Public Assets  Act,2003  as amended by the Government of Uganda. Pre-qualification is open to all eligible bidders.

Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from the Procurement and Disposal Unit of  Makerere University Biomedical Research Centre and inspect the pre-qualification documents at the address given below from 9.00 am – 3.00 pm.

The pre-qualification documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders on the submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of  Ugx.  100,000  (One Hundred Thousand Shillings Only) for each category i.e., supplies, services and works.

The method of payment will be through the bank and thereafter a receipt will be obtained from the MakBRC accounts office. The document may thereafter be collected from the procurement and Disposal Unit upon presentation of the receipt.

Prequalification submissions must be delivered to the address below at or before 11.00 am on 26th August 2022. Late submissions shall not be accepted.


MakBRC Procurement and Disposal Unit

Upper Hill Road, Mulago

2nd Floor, Microbiology Building, Room C35

P.O. Box  7072, Kampala – Uganda

Tel:+256 414541830/ 0759898759

Makerere University Biomedical Research Centre reserves the right to accept or reject any application or all applications.


July 22, 2022 scholarship



Makerere University Biomedical Research Centre Limited (MakBRC) is a Centre of Excellence in the school of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.

MakBRC has been invited to nominate a candidate within the institution to be considered under the capacity-building program for government-affiliated institutions coordinated by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda for one year.


A candidate to be nominated for the said program is required to have secured admission for a study program or training opportunity of formal training at the postgraduate level (Master’s degree program).


  • written application
  • Proof of admission to a postgraduate (preferably a master’s degree program)
  • An updated resume

Eligible applicants should address their application, Ag. Managing Director, Makerere University Biomedical Research, and submit the same in hard copy to room C35, 2nd floor, Pathology building not later than 25th July 2022.

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June 24, 2022 Annual Report

Message from the


The College of Health Sciences has continued to be a leading hub of research and innovation.  As Makerere  University celebrates 100 years of excellent service, and as we embark on the second year of implementing our 10- year strategic plan 2020-2030, I pledge my continued support to the Makerere  University Biomedical Research    Centre (MakBRC), which has made significant contributions to our health sector, particularly the innovations in response to the COVID19 Pandemic.  These and more are welcome advances, especially as we continue repositioning Makerere to focus on producing outputs that are responsive to national, regional and global development challenges,  and contributing to the global body of knowledge. I, therefore, congratulate the MaKBRC team on this great initiative.

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December 15, 2021 USD 1.75 million

I congratulate Drs. Moses Joloba, David Kateete and Charles Batte upon the award of USD 1.75 million from the National Health Institutes, USA to support the development of research capacity for data science for infectious and Non-communicable diseases.

In short words

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