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Prof Lamech M. Mwapagha

Associate Professor: Medical Biochemistry
Programme Coordinator: PhD Natural and Applied Sciences

Phone : +264 61 207 2349
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Office Location : Room 3.291, 3rd Floor, FHNRAS Building


Post Doctorate Cancer Genomics (ICGEB-CPT)
PhD Medical Biochemistry (UCT)
MSc. Medical Virology
BSc. Medical Microbiology (JKUAT)

Teaching Courses:

Biochemistry-Biochemical Principles and Practice, Biosynthetic Pathways and Molecular Biology, Methods in Recombinant DNA Technology, Pathogen Genomics, Cell Biology, Health Science Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology & Animal Structure and Function.

Research Interests:

Cancer Genomics, Pathogen Genomics, Antimicrobial Resistance, Wastewater Disease Surveillance, Public Health, Biosafety & Biosecurity, Human Microbiome, Virus host-pathogen interactions (HIV, HPV, & SAR-CoV-2), Microbiology of Food Safety and Phytochemistry of Medicinal Plants

Key Publications:

Peer Reviewed Articles:

Mwapagha, L.M.(2023). Why Pathogen Genomics is crucial in Africa’s public health. Afr J Lab Med. 2023;12(1), a2166.

Shafodino FS, Lusilao JM, and Mwapagha, L.M.(2023).Preparation of medicinally active extracts and phytochemical characterization of phytoconstituents from medicinal plants, Natural Product Research, DOI:10.1080/14786419.2023.2252976

Mweendi, P., Shafodino, F., Munyaradzi, Z. and Mwapagha, L.M..(2023) Assessment of Bacteria, Morphological Characteristics, and Elemental Composition of Dust Fallout. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 11, 114-130. doi: 10.4236/gep.2023.118007.

Nyashanu, P. N., Shafodino, F. S., & Mwapagha, L.M.. (2023). Determining The Potential Human Health Risks Posed by Heavy Metals Present in Municipal Sewage Sludge from A Wastewater Treatment Plant. Scientific African, e01735.

Kandanda, G.K., Shafodino, F.S., Ambuga, S.I. and Mwapagha, L.M.. (2023). Assessment of the Level of Metal(loid)s Pollution and Bioactive Compounds Screening of Anthill Soil. Open Journal of Soil Science, 13, 474-489.

Mwapagha, L.M., Abugri, J., Kennedy, J., Zivuku, M., & Onywera, H. (2022). Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Dynamics of Human Infection: Molecular Biology, Virology, and Immunology. Exploratory Research and Hypothesis in Medicine, (000), 0-0.

Shafodino F.S, Lusilao J.M, Mwapagha, L.M.(2022) Phytochemical characterization and antimicrobial activity of Nigella sativa seeds. PLoS ONE 17(8):e0272457.

Mwapagha, L.M., Chibanga, V., Shipanga, H., & Parker, M.I. (2021). New insights from Whole Genome Sequencing: BCLAF1 deletion as a structural variant that predisposes cells towards cellular transformation. Oncology Reports, 46, 229.

Nduuvako C. Shikwambi, Harris Onywera and Lamech M. Mwapagha (2021). An in vitro investigation of the phytochemical contents of Marsdenia macrantha root and its antibacterial activity against selected foodborne pathogens. Pan African Medical Journal. 2021;40:58. [doi: 10.11604/pamj.2021.40.58.28515]

Onywera H, Anejo-Okopi J, Mwapagha, L.M., Okendo J, Williamson A-L (2021) Predictive functional analysis reveals inferred features unique to cervicovaginal microbiota of African women with bacterial vaginosis and high-risk human papillomavirus infection. PLoS ONE 16(6): e0253218.

Nehoya KN, Hamatui N, Shilangale RP, Onywera H, Kennedy J, Mwapagha, L.M.(2020)Characterization of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in raw beef from informal and commercial abattoirs. PLoS ONE 15(12): e0243828.

Mwapagha, L.M., Tiffin N and Parker, M.I., (2017). Delineation of the HPV11E6 and HPV18E6 Pathways in Initiating Cellular Transformation. Front. Oncol. 7:258. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2017.00258

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