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Prof. Damalie Nakanjako

Professor

Damalie Nakanjako (MBChB, MMED, Ph.D.) is a professor of Medicine, and Dean of the School of Medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda. She has over 16 years’  experience in Infectious Diseases care, research, and training at different platforms including community trials with simple interventions such as safe water and cotrimoxazole prophylaxis to reduce morbidity and mortality among people living with HIV (PLHIV), hospital-based studies to evaluate the implementation of basic tools like provider-initiated HIV testing and routine TB screening to improve access to HIV diagnosis, management of TB-HIV co-infections and timely initiation of anti-retroviral therapy in a hospital setting, epidemiological studies to understand immune recovery in long-term HIV treatment cohorts, laboratory-based studies to understand cellular mechanisms of suboptimal immune recovery, as well as clinical trials on innovative interventions of adjuvant therapy to maximize the benefits of antiretroviral therapy among PLHIV. She is currently involved in translational research in infection and immunity at Makerere University’s infectious Diseases Institute, to build local capacity to utilize basic science research to improve patient care.

She trained in leadership and management in health at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA (2015). She is currently a group leader of a translational immunology research group under the Makerere University UVRI (MUII) program and scientific director of the translational laboratory at Makerere University’s Infectious Diseases Institute. Her research group focuses on chronic inflammation and its complications among HIV-infected adults on life-long antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a trainer, supervisor and mentor of other upcoming scientists, to build the next generation of scientists that will combat current and future challenges to global health in Africa and worldwide.

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Professor Nakanjako has over 4 years of leadership and administration experience; as deputy Dean and subsequently Dean of the School of Medicine (SOM) where is part of the college of health sciences administrative board, chair of SOM appointments and promotions committee as well admissions committee and the School boards. She has led several collaborative research and training programs over the last 12 years collaborating with academic and research institutions in Uganda, and overseas. As the first vice-chair of the Uganda Cancer Institute Research and Ethics committee, she led various initiatives to regulate research and the protection of human subjects.

Professor Nakanjako is co-director of the Makerere University -Uganda Virus Research Institute (MUII) plus program for capacity building in infection and immunity in Africa. She is also a working group member and country coordinator of the Afya Bora Consortium for global health leadership training in Africa. The is a consortium of 4 Academic institutions in USA (University of Washington, Seattle, University of San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University and University of Pennsylvania) and 5 academic Institutions in Africa (Makerere University, University of Nairobi, University of Botswana, University of Buea, Cameroon and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania. She is a member of various steering committees including the GloCal fellowship at University of San Francisco. She is the winner of the 4th Fourth Annual Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Award 2013.

 

List of students and faculty supervised/mentored by Damalie Nakanjako
Name of student supervised Gender Programme Status
1.Nakiyingi Lydia F PhD Faculty at MakCHS – applied for post-doctoral fellow ship
2.Musewa Angella, BLT (Mak)

 

F MSC Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Completed in June 2016 and currently conducting

Zoonotic  research with College of Veterinary

medicine, Animal resources and Biosafety at Makerere University.

3. Wekia Enock, BBLT (MAK)

 

M MSC Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Completed in June 2016 and is now working as a

laboratory scientist at MILDMAY Centre, Uganda

4. Mbabazi Olivia F MSC Immunology and Clinical Microbiology Completed in June 2015 and is currently heading

the translational laboratory at the Infectious

Diseases Institute, Makerere University

5.Ssinabulya, MBChB, MMED M MMed Internal Medicine Completed, 2013,  undertook a fellowship in

cardiology at Case Western Reserve University,

Physician and research fellow at Makerere

University

6. Ingabire Prossy MBChB F MMed Internal Medicine Completed, 2013, currently working as a physician at Nsambya hospital
7. Bayigga Lois BLT F MSC Immunology and Clinical Microbiology Completed MSc Immunology, 2013; and MSC at Boston University and currently enrolling into a PhD at Makerere University.
8. Semeere Aggrey Semwendero M MMed Internal Medicine Completed MMed Internal Medicine in 2011,  MPH at UCSF, completed one-year fellowship in global health at UCSF/IDI and is currently a research fellow at the Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University.
9. Rose Nabatanzi BLT F MSC Immunology and Clinical Microbiology Completed MSc Immunology, 2014; and currently pursuing her PhD at Makerere University.
10. Dr Jenifer Robinah Namome

 

F MSC Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics She is a year 2 student in the clinical epidemiology

unit.

11. Nahwera Patricia F MSC Immunology and Clinical Microbiology Completed and currently a senior lab technologist
Students mentored
12. Dr Phoebe Namukanja F Global health Fellow PMTCT Lead at CDC Uganda
13. Dr Sylvia Kushemererwa F Global Health Fellow MRC Uganda/LSTMH
14. Dr Mary Mudiope F Global Health Fellow PMTCT Program lead at Infectious Diseases

Institute

15. Dr Viola Okaba F Global Health Fellow Lecturer, Department of Pediatrics, MakCHS
16.Dr Kalanzi Dunstan BDS MSc (Dent)

 

M Research fellowship at MakCHS Lecturer at MakCHS, and

pursuing his research in HIV and dental health

17. Dr Adrian Kamulegeya M Research fellowship at MakCHS Lecturer at MakCHS, and

pursuing his research in Chemotherapy related

mucositis

18. Dr Barbara Ndagire F Research fellowship at MakCHS Lecturer, dentistry department, MakCHS and

pursuing research in oral health

19. Dr Annette Kuteesa F Research fellowship at MakCHS Chair, dentistry department, MakCHS and

pursuing research in forensic dentistry

20. Dr Sarah Nakubulwa F Research fellowship at MakCHS Senior Lecturer, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and

pursuing research on Herpes Simplex and pre-term delivery

21. Scovia Mbalinda F Global Health Fellow Post-doc and Lecturer Department of Nursing
22. Dr Esther Nassuna F Global Health Fellow Program Lead, Paediatric HIV care, Infectious

Diseases Institute

23. Patience Muwanguzi F Global Health Fellow Chair, Department of Nursing, MakCHS
24. . Irene Biraro Seguya BSN, MPhil F Global Health Leadership fellow Completed in June 2016 and is currently working

as an Human resource consultant for a USAID-

funded program to support the MOH

25. Philip Kasirye, MBChB, MMED M Global Health Leadership fellow Completed in June 2016 and is currently working

as a Pediatrician at Makerere University

26. Stella Zawedde Muyanja MBChB, MPH F Global Health Leadership fellow Completed in June 2016 and she is currently

enrolling into a PhD program at Makerere

University College of Health Sciences

27. Dr. Edward Kumaketch

BSN, MPH, PhD

M Global Health Leadership fellow Completed in June 2016 and he is currently

working with Ministry of Health non-

communicable diseases program to scale up

cervical cancer screening.

28. Monica Kuteesa MBChB, MSC F Global Health Leadership fellow Completed in June 2015 and is currently a study

coordinator at Medical Research Council/Uganda

Virus Research Institute

29. Namasopo Sophie, MBChB, MMED F Global Health Leadership fellow Completed in June 2015 and is currently the

Director of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital,

Uganda

30. Isaac Kigozi, MBChB, MPH M Global Health Leadership fellow Completed in June 2015, Working with Makerere Joint AIDS Program in Mbarara
31.  Juliet Otiti MBChB, MMed F PhD Candidate, University of Antwerp Ongoing PhD, Chair Department of Ophthalmology

 

32. Cordelia Katureebe, MBChB, MMED F Global Health Leadership Fellow Completed 2014, currently coordinates he Paediatric ART program at the national AIDS Control Program, Ministry of Health Uganda.
33. Dan Senjovu, MBChB, MMED M Global Health Leadership Fellow Coordinates training program at Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University
34. Joel Bazira PhD M Global Health Leadership Fellow Completed 2013, Lecturer, Department of microbiology, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
35. Christine Mugasha MBChB, MMed F Global Health Leadership Fellow Completed 2013 , worked with the

Infectious Diseases Institute- Outreach program, now at American embassy.

36. Peter Eliano MBChB, MMed M Global Health Leadership Fellow Completed 2013, Currently working with the Ministry of Health AIDS control Program

 

37. Peter Osingada BSN, MPH M Global Health Leadership Fellow Completed 2013

Currently Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Makerere University and has been awarded a Full Bright Scholarship for a doctoral program in USA.

38. Dr Clara Wekesa F GLOCAL Fellow at IDI Doctoral student, researcher on HIV-associated Liver diseases
39. Dr Eleanor Namusoke F Global Health Leadership Fellow HIV program lead at Ministry of Health
40.Sharot Kisakye F Bachelors in Nursing Completed, 2007
41. Benson Tumwesigye MBChB, MPH M Global Health fellow Completed, 2012, Currently with Ministry of Health, AIDS Control Program
42. Ziadah Nankinga BSN, Msc F Global Health fellow Completed, 2012, currently with Makerere Joint AIDS Program
43. Richard Muhindo BSN, MPH M Global Health fellow Completed 2012, Department of nursing Makerere University

Other Members