Candidates pause for a photo after defending their dissertations.

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, a prominent division within the esteemed Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, proudly celebrates the remarkable accomplishments of 15 candidates who masterfully defended their dissertations on December 12th 2023. We applaud the outstanding achievements of Hassan Wasswa, Bagenda Charles, Achieng Sylvia, Nabaasa Saphurah, Tibenderana Lauben, Ninsiima Lydia Jolly, Wabuyi Patrick, Kabera Michael, Odongo Eric, Omara Sadrack, Kasadha Richard, Amadile Lawrence, Galimaka Wilson, Ojuko Samuel, and Ngabirano Chrispus, who defended his dissertation on a different day i.e. January 24th 2024.

The following are their topics and abstracts;

“Expression of HER-2 and KI-67 in Gastric Cancer Tissue Blocks and their Correlation with Histological Grades at the Uganda Cancer Institute Pathology Laboratory”


“Prevalence and Factors associated with hyperglycemia among Patients on Dolutegravir-based Antiretroviral Therapy at Ntwetwe Health Centre IV, Kyankwanzi District, Uganda”


“Correlation of Serum Uric Acid/Serum Creatinine ratio, with estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate in Predicting Kidney Dysfunction among People Living with HIV at Mbarara Municipal City Health Centre IV, Uganda”


“The Correlation between Prostate Specific Antigen and Prostate Histological findings among TRUCUT Biopsy Specimens of Patients at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda”


“Prevalence and factors associated with cervical intraepithelial lesions among HIV-positive women at Rushere Community Hospital, Kiruhura District”


“Expression of P53 and P63 Proteins and their Association with Different Histological Subgrades among Gastric Carcinoma Specimens at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital”

ABSTRACT-Ninsiima Lydia Jolly

“Prevalence of High Titre Anti-A and Anti-B Haemolysins amongst group “O” voluntary donated blood in Mbale Regional Referral Blood Bank”


“Prevalence and Factors Associated with Carbapenem Resistance Determining Genes Among Uropathogens Isolated from Refugees at Nakivale Settlement Isingiro District”


“Prevalence, Antibiotic Sensitivity Patterns and Associated Risk Factors of Staphylococcus Species Isolated in Surgical Wound Infections among Patients at Lira Regional Referral Hospital”

“Hospital Effluent Streptomyces: Prevalence, Diversity and Their Potential Antimicrobial Activity at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, South-Western Uganda”


“Diagnostic Utility of Xpert® Mtb/Rif Assay on Formalin Fixed Paraffin Embedded Tissues (FFPE) in Diagnosis of Extra Pulmonary”

ABSTRACT-Kasadha Richard

“Diagnostic utility of ab905 IHC for the diagnosis of extra pulmonary TB in archived tissues specimens at MRRH”

ABSTRACT-Amadile Lawrence

“Prevalence and Characterization of Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamases producing pathogens among farmers in Kibimba Parish, Kabarole District”


“Prevalence and Associated Factors of Human Leishmaniasis among Patients Attending Out Patient Department in Amudat District Health Care Facility, Uganda”


“Evaluating the effectiveness of disinfectants (chlorine, alcohol and chlorhexidine) in killing microorganisms (bacteria) at kabale regional referral hospital.”


As witnesses to these momentous events, we are humbled and inspired by these exceptional individuals who have showcased their immense talents. Through unwavering determination and utmost commitment, they have forged ahead to achieve enviable success in their respective fields. With great pride and admiration, we extend our wholehearted congratulations to these remarkable scholars for their exemplary performance.

Ngabirano Chrispus (middle) pauses for a photo with his examiners, lecturers and course mates

Their tireless efforts and relentless pursuit of excellence have indeed borne fruit, and we enthusiastically acknowledge their well-deserved triumph. May their invaluable contributions to the field of medical laboratory sciences serve as an inspiration to future generations and as a testament to the exemplary standards upheld by Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Candidates interacting with their examiners in the middle of the defense; after a presentation.

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, in the Faculty of Medicine trains both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Medical Laboratory Sciences. Throughout the years the goal of this department has been that of a leader in the advancement of Medical Laboratory sciences through the dissemination and acquisition of knowledge pertinent to the field at  both undergraduate and Post graduate level. It is therefore consistent in training its students to the standard.

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