Welcome to the Biochemistry Department at CUHAS

    The department of biochemistry and molecular biology is among the departments in the Weill Bugando School of Medicine at CUHAS. The department offers both theoretical and practical training in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology to undergraduates and postgraduate students and a recently added Master of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Diagnostic Molecular Biology (MSc. CMDMB) program.

  1. Theoretical and practical teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate programs
    • First semester:
    • Biochemistry and Molecular biology for MD-1, BMLS-1, BMIR-1, B.PHAM-1, BSN-1 Clinical Biochemistry- MMed-IM-1 and MMed-PaedCH-1
    • Second semester: Molecular biology- BMLS-1 Clinical Biochemistry-BMLS-2
    • MSc. CMDMB: throughout the academic year.
  2. Supervise proposal development and report writing for undergraduate research projects and postgraduate dissertations throughout the academic year.


Prof.Erasmus Kamugisha
Associate Professor
 Mr. Benard Okamo,
Assistant lecturer
    Dr. Felix Tarimo,
Assistant lecturer
(MD, MSc)
    Ms. Caroline Minja
Assistant Research Fellow

Heaven C.
Tutorial Assistant




Bernard Charles Okamo

  Bernard Charles Okamo (DMLS - SAUT, BMLS - CUHAS, MSc. MB - Makerere) Is a Medical Laboratory Scientist and Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS). I am Molecular Biologist with vast experience in teaching, mentoring and supervising undergraduate students in Biochemistry, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Molecular Diagnostic Techniques in both tutorials and research. Currently is the Quality Officer - Weill Bugando School of Medicine (WBSoM)


Dr. Felix A. Tarimo

     Dr. Felix A. Tarimo MD (SAUT-2008), MSc Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MUHAS-2019) Is an assistant lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology_ Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS). His duties include teaching Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to undergraduate students (MD, BMLS, BMIR, BSN, BPharm: semester one); Clinical chemistry (BMLS: semester three); Facilitator of clinical Biochemistry for MMed students. He also supervises undergraduate research projects- both proposal development and report writing. Dr. Felix’s interests are in Malaria and schistosomiasis diagnosis and management, and Haemoglobinopathies.


Ms. Caroline Minja

    Caroline Anold Minja is a health laboratory scientist and Assistant Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-Weill Bugando School of Medicine, CUHAS. She organizes and conducts practical sessions for both undergraduate and postgraduate students at CUHAS. She also supervises research works for students at CUHAS. Her research interests are in the field of Diagnostic Molecular Biology specifically on Infectious Diseases.

  1. Conjugative Plasmids Disseminating CTX-M-15 among Human, Animals and the Environment in Mwanza Tanzania: A Need to Intensify One Health Approach
  2. High Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Viral Load and Coinfection with Viral Hepatitis Are Associated with Liver Enzyme Abnormalities among HIV Seropositive Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy in the Lake Victoria Zone, Tanzania
  3. Antihepatitis B Surface Antigen and Hepatitis C Antibodies among Pregnant Women in an Urban Area of Mwanza City, Tanzania
  4. The use of 0.01M phosphate buffered saline as detection buffer for Alere Determine® HIV rapid test in resource limited settings
  5. Impact of Immunohistochemistry on Diagnostic Accuracy for Pediatric Cancer in Tanzania

Dr. Heaven David Chitemo

     Dr. Heaven David Chitemo MD (MUHAS_2020) Is a Medical Doctor and Tutorial Assistant in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS). Her current duties include conducting tutorials for undergraduate students, Diploma and certificate courses, supervising work of students, preparation of materials and equipment required during classes or practical sessions and ensure that classes run effectively and according to timetable requirements.