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Assistant Lecturer

Names: Jonans Tusiimire
Title: Lecturer

I have been teaching at MUST since February 2008, first as a visiting lecturer and later, since April 2009, as a fulltime assistant lecturer in the department of pharmacy.

I am a tutor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Analysis and Forensic Pharmacy. Before I came to MUST I was a teaching assistant at Makerere University College of Health Sciences in the department of Pharmacy on a voluntary basis.

I have a bachelor of pharmacy degree from Makerere University and a master of science degree in pharmaceutical analysis from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom. I did my Msc research project from the analytical science department of AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Development facility in Macclesfield, United Kingdom.

The project aimed at developing generic methods for the analysis of solid drug formulations using a tablet processing workstation. I am also a Ferring Controlled Therapeutics prize winner for Pharmaceutical Analysis at Strathclyde University. Currently I am a PhD student in Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. My current research aims to develop novel anti-aging cosmetics and potentially pharmaceuticals from bee venom. This project is funded under the KIAT scheme which is an agreement between the Korean Government, Wissen Co. Ltd., and the University of Strathclyde. The aim is to have commercially viable products at the end of the research funding.

Personality: I am a healer (the INFP personality) according to Keirsey Temperament Sorter.
Responsibilities held: Pharmaceutical industrial training coordinator, community placement trainer, member of MUST innovations committee, MUST MEPI-MESAU steering committee member.

Research interests: Pharmaceutical analysis and medicines quality control at national level, drug development and design, pharmaceutical analysis method development, and pharmaceutical training enhancement. In my current project I am employing techniques of medium to high pressure liquid chromatography, NMR, mass spectrometry, circular dichroism, microcalorimetry and atomic force microscopy to elucidate structures of active components of my study samples.

Publications: Tusiimire J., Kamba F P., Adome O R. Physicochemical Analysis of Commonly Used Herbs in Uganda Shows Potential for Interactions with Conventional Western Medicines: MUK FOM/IPH abstract book 2006; 16.

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