Our school

The School of Life Sciences and Bio-Engineering (LiSBE)

  1. Message from Dean
  2. Degree Programmes
  3. Research Group
  4. Project
  5. LiSBE Academic staff members.

Message from Dean

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you all to the School of Life Sciences and Bioengineering (LiSBE) at The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania.

The school of LiSBE is dedicated to address challenges caused by the diversity and complexity of living systems, and real-life problems that affect livelihood of the people in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and globally at large.

Our School is equipped with the state-of-the-art-laboratories and learning facilities as well as world class faculty, all of which make it occupy a premium position and respect in SSA especially in offering highly specialized, research-intensive post-graduate (Masters, PhD) degrees and Post-doctoral research associate-ships. Arusha, where the NM-AIST is located, is a hub of biodiversity and tourist activity. The Ngorongoro Crater, the highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro, various national parks including the Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Manyara National Park and Arusha National Park and Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites are located in the vicinity and offer LiBSE researchers the diverse and unique research opportunities. In addition, Arusha being the East African Community headquarters provides a rich social experience for all visitors and residents.

We lean and put in practice the NM-AIST’s motto “Academia for Society and Industry” in all our activities. Thus, if you are looking for a place to study a postgraduate degree, do a post-doc, conduct your research, come for study tour, establish research collaboration and or seeking any scientific services, consider the School of LiSBE is your perfect destination. Welcome!

Dr. Ernest Mbega,

Acting dean of the School of Life Sciences and Bioengineering

The School of Life Science and Bio-Engineering (LiSBE) currently has the following degree programmes, namely:

Master degree programmes

  • Master of Science in Health and Biomedical Sciences (HBS)
  • Master of Science in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management (BEM)
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Agriculture (SA)
  • Master’s in Food Science and Biotechnology (FoSB)
  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetic (HuND)
  • Master of Science in Public Health Research (MScPHR)

PhD degree programmes

  • PhD in Science in Health and Biomedical Sciences (HBS)
  • PhD in Science in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management (BEM)
  • PhD in Science in Sustainable Agriculture (SA)
  • PhD in Food Science and Biotechnology (FoSB)
  • PhD in Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetic (HuND)

The school of LiSBE has five research groups

1. One Health and Biomedical Sciences

Research Chairs

Prof. Joram Buza and Dr. Gabriel Shirima

Members

Prof. Joram Buza, Dr. Gabriel Shirima, Dr. Musa Chacha, Dr. Emmanuel Mpolya and Dr. Beatus Lyimo

2. Human Health and Biomedical Sciences

Research Chairs

Prof. Hulda Swai and Dr. Sr. John-Mary

Members

Prof. Hulda Swai, Dr. Sr. John-Mary, Dr. Elingarami Nkya, Dr. Jofrey Raymond, Dr. Haikael Martin, Dr. Musa Chacha, Dr. Emmanuel Mpolya, Dr. Athanasia Matemu, Prof. Anthony Mshandete

3. Sustainable Agriculture

Research Chairs

Prof. Patrick Ndakidemi and Dr. Pavithravani Venkataramana

Members

Prof. Patrick Ndakidemi, Dr. Pavithravani Venkataramana, Dr. Ernest Mbega, Dr. Erasto Mlyuka, Dr. Musa Chacha, Prof. Anthony Mshandete, Prof. Charles Lugomela, Dr. Kelvin Mtei, Prof. Hulda Swai, Philip Mashamba, Akida Meya, Angela Mkindi, Juliana Godifrey

4. Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Research Chairs

Prof. Anna Treydte and Prof. Mokiti Tarimo

Members

Prof. Anna Treydte, Prof. Mokiti Tarimo, Dr. Linus Munishi, Dr. Francis Moyo, Dr.Isakwisa Ngondya, Dr. Musa Chacha, Prof. Emmanuel Luoga, Angela Mkindi, Elkana Hezron

5. Food and Nutritional Sciences

Research Chairs

Prof. Martin Kimanya and Dr. Athanasia Matemu

Members

Prof. Martin Kimanya, Dr. Athanasia Matemu, Dr. Neema Kassim, Dr. Edna Makule, Dr. Jofrey Raymond, Dr. Haikael Martin, Dr. Erasto Mlyuka, Dr. Emmanuel Mpolya, Clara Mollay

The school of LiSBE has the following ongoing projects:

1. Social, Economic and Environmental Drivers of Zoonoses in Tanzania (SEEDZ)

Objective
  • Identify and evaluate the most important drivers of change in pastoral and peri-urban livestock systems in northern Tanzania and determine how these influence livestock ownership, management practices and contact networks.
  • Determine patterns of pathogen exposure through cross-sectional seroprevalence studies of zoonotic infections in linked human and livestock populations.
  • Determine the relative importance of different risk factors for transmission, acting at individual, household and community levels, and how these are influenced by drivers of change.
  • Determine relationships between zoonotic infection prevalence and disease, and the impact of these diseases on the health of human and livestock populations.
  • Incorporate data generated in Objs.1-4 into disease risk models that capture qualitative trends, human behavior and decision-making.
  • Assess the impact of zoonotic diseases on family income and livelihoods to provide the evidence base for policy decisions relating to disease and poverty alleviation.
  • Examine and anticipate the likely acceptance and uptake of interventions for disease control and prevention based on models of disease risk.
Members

Prof. Joram Buza

Website:  https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=BB%2FL018926%2F1

2. Bush Meat Project

Objective

The overall objective of this study is to map the distribution and prevalence of zoonotic pathogens in bushmeat from different geographical and ecological regions of Tanzania, and assess the biological risk and potential for impact on human health.

A second objective is to characterize the spectrum of microbes present in market bushmeat using powerful screening approaches, and to identify signatures of novel pathogens that may pose potential animal and human health risk.

The focus is on six pathogens known to be pose considerable health risks to human and animal health, but whose distribution in Tanzanian bushmeat remains ​unknown.

Members

Prof. Joram Buza

Website:  https://www.bushmeatbiosecurityresearch.org/

3. Project for Enhancing the Health and Productivity of Livestock (PEPHL)

Objective
  • To train (at PhD) future leaders in livestock health and productivity
  • To enhance NM-AIST Laboratory capacity for research on livestock health and productivity
  • To enhance the livelihoods of small holder farmers via improved health and productivity of their livestock
Members

Prof. Joram Buza

4. Afrique One – ASPIRE

Objective

Research into endemic zoonotic diseases

Members

Prof. Joram Buza

Website:  http://afriqueoneaspire.org/

5. PPR infectivity studies

Objective

To investigate the role of cattle in the transmission of PPR virus

Members

Prof. Joram Buza

6. Realizing land management change in degraded Maasai grazing land

Objective

Assess soil erosion causes, processes and impacts on Masai communities in Monduli that are in a delicate state of transition from pastoralism to more sedentary and mixed agri-pastoral lives

Members

Prof. Ndakidemi, Dr. Mtei, Dr. Munishi

7. Farmers Research Network to Evaluate Sustainable Agro ecological crop protection using pesticidal plants

Objective

To demonstrate farmer relevant pest management practices that can reduce crop losses to pests in Malawi and Tanzania through the development and optimization of plant-based pest management technologies that are simple, effective, reliable, safe, low-cost and appropriate for the control of field and storage insect pests of legume crops and other commercially and nutritionally important crops grown by poor farmers.

Members

Prof. Ndakidemi, Dr. Mbega

8. Evaluation of Stress tolerant orphan legumes (STOL) for off –season planting to improve the Farmers sustainability and nutritional security

Objective

To identify the potential STOL crops suitable for dry season

Members

Dr. Venkataramana, Prof. Ndakidemi

9. Managing Invasive Plant Species in Ngorongoro Area

Objective

Contribute to the control of three invasive species G. cordifolia, B. schimperi, T.minuta as well as overall capacity building in managing invasive species in the NCA

Members

Dr. Munishi, Prof. Ndakidemi, Prof. Treydte

10. Natural Pest Regulation on Orphan Crop Legumes in Africa (NaPROCLA)

Objective

Integrating environmentally benign interventions to support natural pest regulation

Members

Prof. Ndakidemi, Dr. Mbega

11. Biological control of insect crop pests and disease vectors

Objective

To train researchers on biological control strategies

Members

Prof. Ndakidemi, Dr. Shirima

12. Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) Project

Objective

To understand land use/cover changes over the past 300 years in the greater Serengeti Landscape

Members

Dr. Munishi

13. Trial to establish causal linkage between mycotoxin exposure and child stunting (Mycotoxins Mitigation Trial-MMT)

Objective

To establish causal linkage between mycotoxins exposure and child stunting in Kongwa district

Members

Dr. Kassim, Dr. Makule, Prof. Kimanya, Dr. Mpolya

13. Trial to establish causal linkage between mycotoxin exposure and child stunting (Mycotoxins Mitigation Trial-MMT)

Objective

To establish causal linkage between mycotoxins exposure and child stunting in Kongwa district

Members

Dr. Kassim, Dr. Makule, Prof. Kimanya, Dr. Mpolya

14. Singida Nutrition and Agro ecological Project (SNAP)

Objective

To test if a participatory, agroecological peer farmer education intervention can be effective at improving legume production, food security, and infant and young child feeding in Singida District, Tanzania

Members

Dr. Kassim, Dr. Martin, Dr. Mtei

15. Raising crop response:Bidirectional learning,to catalyze sustainable,intensification at multiple scales

Objective

To improve family nutrition, reduce poverty and enhance use of environmentally-sound farming practices of maize-bean farming among smallholder farmers.

Members

Dr. Kassim, Dr. Martin

16. Partnership and Capacity for Teaching and Training in Food Safety and Nutrition

Objective

Develop education and training opportunities in food safety and nutrition in Tanzania with student exchange program to promote capacity building

Members

Dr. Kimanya, Dr. Martin, Dr. Kassim

17. Microcystins exposure, biomarker validation and application in human studies

Objective

To validate the identified biomarkers of Microcystins exposure in human subjects

Members

Dr. Kimanya, Dr. Makule, Dr. Makule

18. Strengthening African Food Processors to Reduce Losses (SAP)

Objective
  • To establish “hub and spoke” maize processing incubators for dissemination and adoption of food technologies and innovations
  • To train 100 current and new maize processors (with focus on women group and youth) on food processing entrepreneurship.
  • To incorporate nutritional fortification into maize products design based on market demand
Members

Dr. Makule, Dr. Kassim

19. Fruits and vegetables for all seasons: Improved resource-efficient processing techniques and new market solutions for surplus fruits and vegetables for rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa (FRUVASE)

Members

Dr. Makule, Dr. Kassim, Dr. Matemu, Dr. Martin, Ms.Mollay, Prof. Njau, Mr. Malima

20. Supporting the National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance [SNAP-AMR] in Tanzania

Objective
  • Determine what drives the contribution of health facilities to the AMR problem.
  • Determine the relative magnitude and tractability of the contributions from the hospital system and the community to the AMR
  • Determine the clinical and economic burden of ESBL E. coli
Members

Dr. Shirima, Prof. Mbaga, Prof. Mshana, Prof. Zadoks

21. Epidemiology and Genetic Association of key zoonoses in small holder dairy cattle in Tanzania.

Objective

Understand the genomic association with disease resistance of selected diseases in exotic and local breeds in Tanzania

Members

Dr. Shirima, Prof. Brovoorst, Dr Annie Cook

22. NM-AIST Medicinal Garden, funded by UND

Objective

To expand the medicinal garden and scientific validation of ethno-medical and ethno-veterinary information pertained to plants grown in the garden

Members

Dr. Musa Chacha

23. DDI – Data Driven Innovation Centre through CREATES

Objective

Innovation and incubation of life science products via internet of things, apps, gadgets, and large data set analyses

Members

Prof. Swai, Prof. Masanja, Dr. Yonah

24. CREATES

Objective

To strengthen the capacity of NM-AIST to serve as an African Centre of Excellence for provision of post graduate training (Master and PhD), applied research and outreach programs for Food and Nutrition Security in the Eastern and Southern Africa region

Members

Prof. Swai, Prof. Treydte

25. The impacts of Gender inequality on Climate Change Adaptations and the livelihoods of Marginalized Communities around Protected Areas in Tanzania

Objective

Empowering women in climate change adaptation

Members

Prof. Treydte

26. ICE Memory Tanzania

Objective

Understanding climate and carbon trends through ice cores of Kilimanjaro

Members

Prof. Treydte

27. WildNet

Objective

WildNET is a Project Funded by the National Geographic Society and implemented by partners Kuza STEAM Generation (KsGEN) and CREATES department at The Nelson Mandela University with collaborators from Alert For endangered Wildlife species (AFEWIS), Monduli Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship Corporative (MITEC) SmartCore and KopeLion. The project aims at implementing a community based Wildlife Network. This is a low cost community wireless network and monitoring system with the aim to monitor ecosystem health via citizen science. As Serengeti and Ngorongoro protected areas and their surroundings are facing a growing human population overlapping with established wildlife territories human-wildlife conflicts are on the rise. WildNET will deploy low-cost sensors and wireless hotspots to build an information network enabling the community to leverage on connectivity for socio-economic empowerment and information control on key biodiversity issues such as human-wildlife conflicts, invasive plants and bush encroachment

Members

Prof. Treydte, Dr. Laltaika

28. Applied aquatic ecology

Objective

To strengthen aquatic research and capacity building to promote good water quality and fresh water ecosystem services in Northern Tanzania

Members

Dr. Munishi, Dr. Moyo

29. Hybrid potato seed: perception and market opportunities in Tanzania

Objective

To understand the perception of the farmers on the hybrid potato seed and their acceptability in future

Members

Dr. Venkataramana

30. Sustainable smallholder banana-based farming systems to improve livelihoods of communities in Northern Tanzania, Pangani region

Objective

To sustainably intensify banana-based farming systems in the target region, based on documented nutrient budgets, fine-tuned integrated soil fertility interventions, capitalizing on fundamental understanding of nutrient-water use efficiency interactions. This will be achieved through training of NM-AIST students, carrying out their PhD research work within this context, in close cooperation with NGO’s and other extension services. This will lead to empowerment of NM-AIST to take on its role as main actor and driver in the development of the region

Members

Prof. Ndakidemi, Dr. Mtei, Dr. Mlyuka

31. ESIDA: Epidemiological Surveillance for Infectious Diseases in Sub-Sahara Africa

Objective

Network for understanding infectious disease spread with respect to environmental conditions

Members

Prof. Treydte

32. TanzIn

Objective

International office strengthening, coorperation Heidenheim – NM-AIST interrelations

Members

Prof. Treydte

33. Prevalence of aflatoxins in animal feeds and raw milk along the dairy value chain in three agro-ecological zones of Tanzania

Objective

To determine the prevalence of aflatoxin B1 in animal feeds and aflatoxin M1 in raw milk from smallholder farmers and feed processors/agro-vet dealers

Members

Dr. Matemu

34. Mobile Phone enabled Diagnostics for Infectious Disease Diagnosis. Low Cost Tools for Digital Health in East Africa (Seed fund for development of major proposal)

Objective

Understanding Digital Health for Infectious Disease in Low Resource Settings

Members

Prof. Buza, Dr. Shirima

35. Cattle vaccination against MCF: Balancing pastoral livelihoods, food security and ecosystem integrity in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Objective
  • Derive a robust predictive model of MCF vaccine uptake
  • Assess changes in livestock management and movement patterns arising as a result of vaccine use.
Members

Dr. Shirima

36. Fighting stunting in Tanzania

Objective

To determine causal relationship between growth failure in children and environmental enteric dysfunction (EED)

Members

Dr. Nkya

37. Peste Des Petits Ruminants (PPR) infectivity studies

Members

Prof. Buza

38. The impacts of Gender inequality on Climate Change Adaptations and the livelihoods of Marginalized Communities around Protected Areas in Tanzania

Members

Prof. Treydte

39. Data Driven Innovation for Food and Nutritional Security

Members

Prof. Swai, Prof. Treydte

40. ICE Memory Tanzania

Members

Prof. Treydte

41. Evaluation of Stress tolerant orphan legumes (STOL) for off –season planting to improve the Farmers sustainability and nutritional security

Members

Dr. Venkataramana, Prof. Ndakidemi

42. Biological control of insect crop pests and disease vectors

Members

Prof. Ndakidemi, Dr. Shirima

SN NAME POSITION
1 Dr. Ernest Mbega Senior Lecturer and Dean
2 Prof. Patrick Ndakidemi Professor
3 Prof. Joram Buza Professor
4 Prof. Hulda Swai Professor
5 Prof. Martin Kimanya Associate Professor
6 Prof. Anna C. Treydte Associate Professor
7 Dr. Gabriel Shirima Senior Lecturer
8 Dr. Musa Chacha Senior Lecturer
9 Dr. Athanasia O. Matemu Senior Lecturer
10 Dr. Neema Kassim Senior Lecturer
11 Dr. Linus Munishi Senior Lecturer
12 Dr. Emmanuel Abraham Mpolya Senior Lecturer
13 Dr. Haikael D. Martin Lecturer
14 Dr. Edna Edward makule Lecturer
15 Dr. Elingarami Sauli Lecturer
16 Dr. Sr. John-Mary Vianney Lecturer
17 Dr. Pavithravani B. Venkataramana Lecturer
18 Dr. Katharina Kreppel Lecturer and Postdoctoral Training Coordinator
19 Dr. Jofrey Raymond Lecturer
20 Dr. Francis Moyo Lecturer
21 Dr. Erasto Mlyuka Lecturer
22 Dr. Issakwisa Bernard Ngondya Lecturer
23 Ms. Clara Justine Mollay Assistant Lecturer
24 Mr. George Semango Assistant Lecturer
25 Ms. Juliana Godfrey Assistant Lecturer
26 Mr. Elkana Hezron Assistant Lecturer
27 Mr. Akida Ignas Meya Assistant Lecturer
28 Mr. Mashamba Lucas Philipo Assistant Lecturer
29 Ms. Angela G. Mkindi Assistant Lecturer
30 Ms. Grite Nelson Mwaijengo Assistant Lecturer
Adjunct Professors/Faculty
SN NAME AFFILIATION
1 Theresa Allen, PhD, Professor University of Alberta; Canada University of British Columbia in Canada.
2 Anne F Grobler, PhD, Professor North-West University in South Africa.
3 Person Mnkeni, PhD, Professor University of Fort Hare (UFH) in South Africa.
4 Omowunm Sadik, PhD Professor The State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton)- USA.
5 Runner R. T. Majindar, PhD, Professor University of Botswana Chairperson NAPRECA.
6 Timothy E. Simalenga, PhD, Professor CCARDESA, Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa.
7 Frank Boury, PhD, Professor University of Angers (France).
8 Wayne Getz, PhD, Professor College of Natural Resources, University of Berkeley, USA.
9 Thomas Clemen, PhD, Professor Department of Computer Science, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany.
10 Ignas Heitkoenig, PhD, Professor Resource Ecology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
11 Nicky Knox, PhD, Professor Namibian Institute of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia.
12 Hugo de Boer, PhD, Professor Uppsala University, Sweden.
13 Lugano Kusiluka, PhD, Professor Mzumbe university.
14 Isabella M. Cattadori, PhD, Professor Department of Biology and The Huck Institute, CIDD - Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.
15 Michael P Coffey, PhD, Professor Team Leader Animal Breeding and Genomics and Head of Genetic Evaluation Unit.
16 Lisa. J. Faust, PhD, Professor Vice President of Conservation and Science, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.
17 Raphael Mrode, PhD, Professor Scottish Rural College, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
18 Thomas. L. Marsh, PhD, Professor Paul G. Allen, School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University.
19 Morris Agaba, PhD, Professor Uganda
20 Judith Kimiywe, PhD, Professor Kenyatta University.
21 Theobald Mosha, PhD, Professor Department of Food Technology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, SUA.
22 Henry Laswai, PhD, Professor Department of Food Technology, Nutrition and Consumer Science, SUA
23 Festo Kavishe, PhD, Professor Independent Consultant in Dar es Salaam. 24. Admire Dube, PhD, Professor
24 Admire Dube, PhD, Professor University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
25 Sayoki Mfinanga, PhD, Professor National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR).
26 Grace Adira Murilla, PhD KALRO-Biotechnology Research Institute.
27 Ali Hassanali, PhD, Professor ICTP-Italy.
28 Anna Estes, PhD Penn State University, USA.
29 Samora Macrice, PhD Dept of Ecosystems and Conservation, SUA.
30 James Kahurananga, PhD Previously Botanist at Nairobi Herbarium, Director of Maasai Steppe Heartland.
31 Sarah Arnold, PhD Natural Resources Institute University of Greenwich, UK.
32 Amos Omore, PhD International Livestock Research Institute (IITA). 33. Rachel Santymire, PhD
33 Rachel Santymire, PhD Department of Biological Services, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.
34 Mizeck G. G. Chagunda, PhD Reader in Dairy Science, Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany.
35 Sarah Durant, PhD Theme leader and Reader, People, Wildlife and Ecosystems, Zoological Society London.
36 Joseph Ogutu, PhD Statistician, Researcher, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart.
37 Margaret Udahogora, PhD University of Maryland-Unites States.
38 Bruno de Meulenaer, PhD, Professor Department of Food Technology, Food Safety and Health, Ghent University.
39 Alexandr Parlesak, PhD, Professor University College Copenhagen (UCC), Denmark.
40 Akwilina Mwanri, PhD Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Researcher in Human Nutrition
41 Joshua Idassi, PhD, Professor The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
42 Bernard Elias Chove, PhD, Professor Department of Food Technology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, SUA.
43 Titus A.M. Msagati, PhD, Professor University of South Africa College of Science Engineering and Technology.
44 Joyce Kinabo, PhD, Professor Department of Food Science and Technology, SUA.
45 Robert Madime-Ngolo, PhD, Professor USAID, Uganda
46 Akamu Jude Ewunkem, PhD University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
47 Francis Muigai Ngure, PhD Cornell University.
48 Ephraim Changare Njau, PhD, Professor Pharmaceutical consultant.
49 Sarah Moore, PhD, Professor Ifakara Health Institute.
50 Evelin Geubels, PhD Ifakara Health Institute.
51 Nico Govella, PhD Ifakara Health Institute.
52 Fredros Okumu, PhD Ifakara Health Institute.
53 Honorata Masanja, PhD, Professor Ifakara Health Institute.
54 Grace Wyn Mwangoka, PhD Ifakara Health Institute.
55 Fatuma Manzi, PhD Ifakara Health Institute.
56 Salum Abdulla, PhD Ifakara Health Institute.
57 Samson Kiware, PhD Ifakara Health Institute.
58 Catherine Kreppel, PhD Ifakara Health Institute.
59 Dickson Lwetoijera, PhD Ifakara Health Institute.

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