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January 23, 2023 Short Course0
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 fellowships0
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 Defense0

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 Defense0

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 bids0

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 scholarship0



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 Report0

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 million0

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.


December 15, 2021 Atob0

atob 4

A project funded by the Government of Uganda through Makerere University Research and
Innovations fund (Mak-RIF)

Project Outcomes

1) Capacity Building Training, Sops, Draft Guidelines, Equipment and Supplies
Makerere University has over the years pioneered training and research in different fields of national
importance. As such, a team from the school of biomedical sciences set out to establish capacity for
human tissue and organ biobanking. Staff from Makerere University School of Biomedical Sciences,
Kawempe National Referral Hospital, and Makerere University Health Services received training in
collection, processing, analysis and cryopreservation of human sperm and umbilical cord blood for
transplant. Standard operating procedures(SOPs) were developed and are being utilized. Trained staff
are now competent in the collection, processing, analysis and storage of cord blood and sperm. This
sets ground for establishing training programs to train university students and conduct research in the
collection, processing, analysis and storage of umbilical cord blood and sperm.
With this backbone, the University is taking baby steps towards establishing an organ and tissue
transplant unit. By developing capacity to train and conduct research in this field, the University will
contribute knowledge towards standardizing and improving processes involved in human tissue and
organ biobanking.

2) Semen Collection and Biobanking
Semen samples from volunteers were collected, processed, analyzed and stored in liquid nitrogen at –
196 degrees. The process of sample collection involved identification of healthy volunteers/donors
who met a defined inclusion criteria. Prior to donation, each participant was taken through the informed
consent process and written consent was obtained. Clear instructions were given to the donors who
proceeded to collect samples in a designated room. Sample collection and processing followed
techniques that maximized retrieval of viable sperm. The samples were assigned unique IDs and
labelled with barcode cryo-labels. Cryopreservation involved slow -freezing prior to permanent storage
at -196 degrees in liquid nitrogen, following seminogram SOPs and WHO 2010 guidelines.
These samples are currently at -196 liquid nitrogen storage and are available to the general public who
can access them through a catalog. These samples are also available to scientists with interest of
venturing into research for the purpose of generating new knowledge in the Ugandan setting.
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3) Cord Blood Collection, Stem Cell Isolation and Cryopreservation
Umbilical cord blood was collected from study participants at Kawempe General Hospital following
standard operating procedures. Prior to collection, healthy mothers in their third trimester attending the
antenatal clinic were screened, consented and recruited into the study following a defined inclusion
criteria. Umbilical cord blood was collected aseptically from consented study participants during
Umbilical cord blood processing, volume reduction and stem cell recovery was done at the Makerere
University Immunology laboratory following the developed SOPs. The harvested stem cells were
tested for viability before cryopreservation. Stem cells processed from this blood are available at -196
Oc. Potential recipients can access these cells on the IBRH3AU catalog. These cells are also available
to researchers who wish to conduct research in stem cell biology.

4) Functional Tissue and Organ Catalog
The team has developed an online Catalog that provides an unlimited access to well characterized and
annotated human sperm, umbilical cord blood (stem cells and plasma) and other Biospecimens. It is a
single convenient point of access to a pool of Biospecimens and tissues, it provides an unlimited easy
access to high quality Biospecimens, human tissues and organs by potential recipients, researchers and
the general public. Through the catalog one is able to search and request for biospecimens or human
tissues/organs for health care or basic research needs. This resource is available to the general public
at URL: The catalog will enable users to perform basic and advanced
searches, e.g. (Participant – by sex, age, ethnicity, etc., or Biospecimen type among others). From the
search results users can submit a request for access to the Makerere advisory board on organ and tissue
biobanking for consideration.

In short words

MakBRC is a Ugandan registered Not-for-Profit Organization fully owned by Makerere University established within Makerere University College of Health Sciences.


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