• Senior Lecturer & Head, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Dr. Jeremiah Seni (MD, M.Med, PhD Fellow)

Jeremiah Seni is a medical doctor, senior lecturer and consultant clinical microbiologist at Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) and Bugando Medical Centre (BMC). He did Doctor of Medicine (2002 – 2007 at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es salaam, Tanzania) and Master of Medicine (Microbiology; 2009 - 2012) at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. He is currently a PhD Fellow between CUHAS and University of Calgary, AB, Canada....


His research interests are diagnostic microbiology & molecular epidemiology of pathogens in the context of infectious disease treatment, control and prevention using One Health Approach. He largely works in the area of antimicrobial resistance providing evidence based information to influence development of policies and guidelines on the rational use antimicrobial agents. He has mentored research projects in 27 students (21 undergraduates and 6 graduates). Dr. Seni has over 30 publications in peer reviewed journal  

  • Professor,Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Prof. Stephen E. Mshana, MD (Dar), M.Med (Makerere), PhD (SAUT), Fell Med. Ed(FAIMER-SAFRI):

Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Consultant Clinical Microbiologist Catholic University of Health, and Allied Sciences and Bugando Medical Centre. Prof. Mshana is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor-ARC at CUHAS; he is also a member of National AMR Multi-sectoral Coordinating Committee (MCC). Prof. Mshana has supervised and examined number of postgraduate students, and has served as External examiner in various universities.


Prof. Mshana is currently serving as associate editor and reviewer in number of International Journals. Research interests include epidemiology of infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology of multi-drug resistant pathogens focusing on gram negative bacteria and other pathogens of public health importance. Prof. Mshana has contributed to and co-authored more than 90 scientific articles, including his most recent work on Enterobacter bugandensis sp. nov., from a neonatal unit in Tanzania.

  • Senior Lecturer and infectious disease Immunologist

Dr. Mariam M. Mirambo
(BVM, MSc, Postgraduate Dipl., PhD candidate)

Dr. Mariam M. Mirambo (BVM, MSc, Dipl. PhD candidate); is a Senior Lecturer and infectious diseases Immunologist in the department of Microbiology and Immunology of the Catholic university of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS). She is one of the first two members who established the department of Microbiology and Immunology at CUHAS. Currently; she is a Deputy Secretary for the joint CUHAS/BMC research ethics and review committee (CREC), a member of the technical working group on surveillance of zoonotic and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases under one health program in Tanzania, and external examiner at St. Francis University College of Health and Allied sciences (SFUCHAS).


She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (2006) from the Sokoine University of Agriculture, a Masters of Science in Immunology of Infectious diseases (2009) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2009) from the University of London. She is currently a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate at CUHAS in collaboration with the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Göttingen, Germany. Throughout her academic/research carrier, Dr. Mirambo has authored and co-authored more than 55 scientific articles (more than 25 as corresponding/first author) in the field of infectious diseases in the peer reviewed journals. She is also a reviewer in a number of International journals.To date, Dr. Mirambo has supervised more than 38 students including 7 postgraduate students in their research projects/dissertations. Her current research interests involve immunodiagnostics with a focus on sero-epidemiology of viral infections, sexually transmitted infections, vaccinology,transfer of maternal immunity and congenital infections. She is also interested in zoonotic and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases of public health importance. Currently, she is working on sero-epidemiology and molecular characterization of Zika virus and other viral infections among children and child bearing aged women in Tanzania. Her research outputs have resulted into two policybriefs which have been submitted to the ministry of health, community development, gender, elderly and children (MOHCDGEC) through the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) to advocate the importance of including congenital viral infections screening services in Tanzanian antenatal package. She has been also involved in the development of Tanzanian National Zika virus contingency plan (2017-2020), supported by MOHCDGEC and the World’s Health Organization (WHO). Below are the 3 selected publications and links for the rest of her peer reviewed articles:

  1. Mariam M.Mirambo*, Said Aboud, Uwe Gross, Mtebe Majigo Martha F. Mushi and Stephen E. Mshana: Rubella seromarkers and determinants of infection among Tanzanian children and adolescents in pre vaccination Era: Are we in the right track? International Journal of Preventive Medicine 2017, 8(1):1
  2. Mansour Y Ramadhani, Mariam M. Mirambo*, Happiness Mbena, Albert Kihunrwa, Stephen E. Mshana. High prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection among infertile women in Mwanza city, Tanzania: a need to introduce screening and treatment programme. Sexually Transmitted Infections BMJ 93(2).
  3. Elifuraha B.Mngumi, Mariam M.Mirambo*, Sospeter Wilson, Stephen E.Mshana. Predictors of specific anti-Brucella antibodies among humans in agro-pastoral communities in Sengerema district, Mwanza, Tanzania: the need for public awareness.Tropical Medicine and Health2016, 44(1).

  • Lecturer of Microbiology and immunology and a consultant medical Microbiologist

Martha F. Mushi,
B.Sc. (K.C.M.Co), M.Sc (Makerere), PhD student

Martha is a Lecturer of Microbiology and immunology and a consultant medical Microbiologist at Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences and Bugando Medical Centre. She is the chairperson of MYCAFRICA; a network to promote medical mycology in Africa. Martha Mushi graduated B.Sc in health laboratory sciences in 2009 from K.C.M.Co, she did Master of Science degree in Immunology and Clinical Microbiology from Makerere University in 2013 and currently she is a PhD student at CUHAS in collaboration with the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Gottingen University Medical Centre, Germany.


She is a supervisor for several undergraduate and post graduate students at CUHAS. She has research interests in epidemiology of infectious diseases and molecular epidemiology of pathogens of public health importance focusing on the fungal infections, antifungal resistance and diagnostic approaches for fungal diseases. Martha has authored 25 scientific publications.

  • Teaching assistant

Dr. Nyambura Moremi
(M.D., PhD Candidate)

Dr. Moremi is a Teaching Assistant in the department of Microbiology and Immunology of the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS). She serves as a 2017 American Society for Microbiology Young Ambassador of Science for Tanzania.


She is a doctor of Philosophy candidate currently undertaking her research activities at the Institute of Hygiene and Microbiology of the Julius Maximilian University of Wuerzburg in Germany. She undertook a Doctor of Medicine degree at Saint Augustine University of Tanzania between 2006 and 2011. Prior to her appointment at CUHAS, she worked as a medical officer at St. Francis Referral Hospital- Ifakara, Morogoro, Tanzania. Her research interests are grounded in bacteriology especially the epidemiology, surveillance and control of infections caused by multi-resistant bacteria within and outside hospital premises. Dr. Moremi has contributed in the “Antimicrobial Resistance” peer-reviewed scientific articles which include;

  1. Moremi N, Elizabeth V. Manda, Linda Falgenhauer, Hiren Ghosh, Can Imirzalioglu, Mecky Matee, Trinad Chakraborty, Stephen E. Mshana “Predominance of CTX-M-15 among ESBL-producers from environment and fish gut from the shores of Lake Victoria in Mwanza, Tanzania’’. Frontiers Microbiology. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01862
  2. Moremi N, Martha F Mushi, Mbunda Fidelis, Phillipo Chalya, Mariam Mirambo, Stephen E Mshana. “Predominance of multi-resistant gram-negative bacteria colonizing chronic lower limb ulcers at Bugando Medical Center’’. BMC Research Notes 2014:7(211)
  3. Moremi N, Mshana SE, Kamugisha E, Tappe D, Vogel U, Lyamuya E and Claus H. “Predominance of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus-ST88 and new ST1797 causing wound infection and abscesses at Bugando Medical Centre, Tanzania’’. Journal of Infection in developing countries 2012:6(8)
  • Health Laboratory Scientist

Mr. Vitus Silago, BSc (CUHAS)

Mr. Vitus Silago is a Health Laboratory Scientist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Weill Bugando School of Medicine, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS). His research interest includes infectious diseases of the public health importance diagnostics. .

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