• Senior Lecturer,Infectious Disease Immunologist and Head Of Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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

Mariam M. Mirambo,PhD; is aSenior Lecturer and infectious diseasesImmunologist. She is currently the Head of the department of Microbiology and Immunology of the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences(CUHAS). She is amongthe firsttwo members who established the department of Microbiology and Immunology at CUHAS. Currently, she is also serving as aSecretary ofthe joint CUHAS/BMC research ethics and review committee (CREC)and a member of the national technical working group on surveillance of zoonotic and emerging/re-emerginginfectious diseasesunder “One Health” program in Tanzania. She has servedas external examiner at St. Francis University College of Health and Allied sciences (SFUCHAS)between 2015 and 2017.


She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (2006) from the Sokoine University of Agriculture, a Master of Science in Immunology of Infectious diseases (2009)fromthe London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), diploma in Tropical medicine and Hygiene(2009) from the University of London and PhD in immunology of infectious diseases (2017) from CUHAS in collaboration with the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Göttingen, Germany. Throughout her academic/research carrier, Dr. Mirambo hasauthored and co-authored more than 70scientific articles (more than 30 as corresponding/first author) in the field of infectious diseases in the local and international peer reviewedscientific journals(44are indexed on PubMed). She hasGoogle Scholar h-index of 12 and i10-index of 16. As part of scholarly activities, she isalso a consultant reviewer and editorial team member in a number of local and international peer-reviewed scientific journals.To date, she has mentored more than 56 students including 15 postgraduate students (specializing in Pediatrics and child health, and Obstetrics and gynaecology)and more than 35 students undertaking Bachelor of Medical laboratory Sciencesin their research projects/dissertations. She has also examined several undergraduate and postgraduate students in different topics in infectious diseases. Her current research interests encompass 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 neglected zoonotic and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases of public health importance. Currently, she has focused moreon common infections affecting children and women of reproductive age in Tanzaniaas well as other neglected tropical zoonoses in occupational/high risk groups. 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)advocatingthe importanceof including congenital viral infections screening services and Rubella vaccination in child bearing aged womenin Tanzanianantenatal package.She has beenalso involved in the development of the 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 publications:

  1. 1. Mariam M. Mirambo*,Mtebe Majigo,Seth D. Scana,Martha F. Mushi, Said Aboud, Uwe Groß, Benson R. Kidenya, Stephen E. Mshana. Rubella natural immunity among adolescent girls in Tanzania: the need to vaccinate child bearing aged women.BMC women’s health, 2018:18(3)
  2. 2. Yustina A Tizeba, Mariam M.Mirambo*, Neema Kayange, Tumaini Mhada, Emmanuella E.Ambrose, Luke R Smart, Stephen E.Mshana.Parvovirus B19 is associated with a significant decrease in hemoglobin level among children < 5 years of age with anemia in Northwestern Tanzania.Journal of Tropical Pediatrics(2017)
  3. 3. Mariam M. Mirambo*,Georgies F. Mgode, Zakaria O. Malima, Matata John, Elifuraha B. Mngumi, Ginethon G. Mhamphi, Stephen E. Mshana.Seropositivity of Brucella spp. and Leptospira spp. antibodies among abattoir workers and meat vendors in the city of Mwanza, Tanzania: A call for one health approach control strategies.PLOS Neglected tropical diseases, 2018: A call for one health approach control strategies

  • Professor,Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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

Stephen E. Mshana is a professor of Clinical Microbiology and Consultant Clinical Microbiologist at the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS), and the Bugando Medical Centre (BMC). He is currently a Deputy Vice Chancellor- academic, research and consultancy (DVC-ARC) at CUHAS.He is also a member of National antimicrobial resistance (AMR) Multi-sectoral Coordinating Committee (MCC). To date,he has mentored a good number of undergraduate, masters and PhD students in the field of infectious diseases. He has examined agood number of postgraduate students and has served as External examiner in various universities in East Africa.


Prof. Mshana is currently serving as associate editor and reviewer in a number of International journals. His 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. He has contributed to and co-authored more than 140 scientific articles, including his most recent work on:Enterobacter bugandensis: a novel enterobacterial species associated with severe clinical infection.Sci Rep. 2018 Mar 29; 8(1):5392. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-23069-z

  • Senior Lecturer

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.....


He is currently the Associate Dean – Weill Bugando School of Medicine, a member of National Antimicrobial Resistance Technical Working Group (Research & Surveillance), and has provided consultancy services in the field of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance to the Ministry of Health – Tanzania, Tanzania Bureau of Standards, WHO, FAO, and Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute. Dr Seni is a Feasby Global Health Scholar with research interests in diagnostic microbiology & molecular epidemiology of pathogens in the context of infectious diseases diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention using One Health Genomic Approach. He has mentored research projects in 56 students (48 undergraduate and 8 graduate students). Dr. Seni has over 40 publications in peer reviewed journal. His most recent works include:
1. Seni J; Peirano G; Okon K; Jibrin Y; Mohammed A; Mshana SE; DeVinney R; Pitout JD. The population structure of clinical Extra-intestinal Escherichia coli in a teaching hospital from Nigeria. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2018 Apr 14. pii: S0732-8893(18)30114-7. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2018.04.001
2. Seni J, Moremi M, Matee M, van der Meer F, DeVinney R, Mshana SE, Pitout JDDP. Preliminary insights into the occurrence of similar clones of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing bacteria in humans, animals and the environment in Tanzania: A systematic review and meta-analysis between 2005 and 2016. Zoonoses Public Health. 2017;00:1–10. https://doi.org/10.1111/zph.12387.
3. Seni J, Mshana SE, Msigwa F, Matee M, Mazigo H, Parkhill J, Holmes MA, Paterson GK. Draft Genome Sequence of a Multiresistant Bovine Isolate of Staphylococcus lentus from Tanzania. Genome Announc. 2016 Dec 1;4(6). pii: e01345-16. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01345-16.
4. Seni J, Falgenhauer L, Simeo N, Mirambo MM, Imirzalioglu C, Matee M, Rweyemamu M, Chakraborty T and Mshana SE (2016). Multiple ESBL-producing Escherichia coli sequence types carrying quinolone and aminoglycoside resistance genes circulating in companion and domestic farm animals in Mwanza, Tanzania, harbor commonly occurring plasmids. Front. Microbiol. 7:142. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00142.  

  • 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.

  • 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. .

View some of his publications and research works at