Established in 1922, Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa. Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) is a Center of Academic Excellence, Health Care and Collaborative Research. Today, MakCHS boasts of conducting some of the most relevant and high-impact research in infectious and non-infectious diseases. The college is closely affiliated with and exploits Mulago National Teaching and Referral hospital that handles over 500,000 patients per year. MakCHS has established North-to-South, South-to-South academic and research collaborations.

Makerere University College of Health Sciences is in the process of developing a state-of-the-art Biobank in East Africa that will improve access to well annotated biospecimens for research.

Team Members Contributing to the B3Africa Project

 MOSES JOLOBAProf Moses Joloba_150x225

I graduated as a physician at Makerere Medical School in 1994 and later as a clinical microbiologist at Case Western Reserve University (graduated in May 1996, MS Degree) and in 2003 a Ph.D. at Case Western in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. I established a TB laboratory for the TBRU rising to scientific director site (1996 – 1999). I am the Director of the National TB Reference laboratory now a supranational laboratory. I am a TB laboratory consultant for World Health Organization, monitor for clinical laboratories and trainer GCLP. I have won over 8 grants and published 150 peer reviewed papers, and am a reviewer for 6 journals and an author of a book chapter. I set up standard laboratories, run and monitor biobanks, have initiated and participated in successful North to South and South to South collaborations, conducted laboratory-based research and training of graduate students 33 Masters and 14 Doctoral.


What is your role in the B3Africa project?

Co Principal Investigator in charge of Makerere University.

What is your vision for the project? What do you wish to contribute to by participating to this project?

A proof of concept on the integration of Europe and Africa in biobanking resources. We expect to see more of our students begin to use bioinformatics tools to understand disease causation to improve health.

Samuel Kyobe_272x201DR SAMUEL KYOBE

I am a Lecturer of Medical Microbiology in the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. I qualified as a MD from Makerere University in 2009. Worked as an Intern Medical Officer at Rubaga Hospital Kampala for a year, then joined the Department of Microbiology as a junior staff. My master’s thesis developed a novel tool for real time PCR genotyping of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex by MIRU/VNTR. I have special interest in the field of biobanking and its roles in the development of health interventions. I have attended various international biobanking conferences. I am the coordinator and doctoral student on the Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN) using genomics approaches to understand the pathogenesis of HIV/TB disease among African children.

What is your role in the B3Africa project?

 I am the Site Contact Person and the project implementation lead at Makerere University. As part of the Use Cases I am in charge of testing the developed platforms on how they allow sharing of data between Africa and Europe.

What is your vision for the project? What do you wish to contribute to by participating to this project?

The integration of data through shared platforms that are mobile and low cost. I would like to see the developed resource able to assist African Biobanks with starting and organising biospecimen storage to allow for quality research. I hope that we develop sustainable solutions that can be used to address challenges of developing countries.

Dafala Kazimbira_167x205


I am an Information Technology (IT) graduate, with sufficient knowledge in implementation, operating and maintaining of Computer networks, software as well as hardware. Currently I am working with Makerere University College of Health sciences-Integrated Biorepository of H3Africa Uganda (IBRH3AU) ( where I actively serve as a Systems administrator and/or Assistant data manager.

 What is your role in the B3Africa project?

IT/Data Manager B3Africa Project at Makerere University College of Health Sciences.

What is your vision for the project?What do you wish to contribute to by participating to this project?

The tools, accompanied by knowledge provided by B3Africa, will support Bioinformaticians, students and Biomedical Scientists to their effective full capacity with information and communication technologies.

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