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Ritah Nakayinga

Country of origin: Uganda Currently in: Uganda, Kampala General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Early Career Fellowship
Academic Background


2014 Doctorate Biological Systems and Organisms
2006 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
2000 Undergraduate Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Biological Systems and Organisms

The exploitation of Bacteriophages for bio-control applications in plant Agriculture. Specifically, my research focuses on the identification of bacteriophages to treat Banana Bacteria Wilt disease of the Banana food crop.

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Nakayinga, R. (2019). Computational characterization of providence virus non-structural proteins: Evolutionary and functional implications. Journal of Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis, 10(2), 15-31.

2. Tusuubira SK, Nakayinga, R, Mwambi B, Odda J, Kiconco S, Komuhangi A. Knowledge, perception and practices towards Sickle Cell Disease: a community survey among adults in Lubaga division, Kampala Uganda (2018). BMC Public Health. 561.

3. Short, J.R., Nakayinga, R., Hughes, E. G., Walter, C.T. and Dorrington, R. A. (2013). Providence virus (Family: Caromotetraviridae) replicates vRNA in association with the Golgi apparatus and secretory vesicles. J. Gen. Virol. 1073-8.

4. Walter, CT, Pringle, FM, Nakayinga, R, de Felipe, P, Ryan, MD, Ball, LA and RA Dorrington (2010). Genome organization and translation products of Providence virus: insight into a unique tetravirus. J. Gen. Virol. 2826-35.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
As a University Lecturer, I facilitate lectures and assess student performance through developing, invigilating and marking exams in the areas of Immunology, Serology, Cell biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Animal structure, diversity & physiology. This applies to both undergraduate and post-graduate students. In addition, I am involved in student research supervision at undergraduate and Master’s level. Other duties include the development of course modules and degree programs, coordination of the writing of grant proposals, development of the website content specifically for the Biological Science department and engagement in departmental administrative activities.

Workshop and Conference Attended

2019 Imperial royale hotel, Uganda Patents: Knowledge, searching and identification of patents for academic research and Innovation
2019 Stellenbosh University, South Africa Online training course for supervision of doctoral candidates at African Universities
2017 Cologne, Germany Teaching Approaches in Higher Education
2016 Karatina University, Nairobi, Kenya Proposal writing for research grants


Kyambogo University Academic Staff Association (KYUASA), Kyambogo University
Kyambogo University, Biotechnology Club

Presentation given

Sub-cellular localisation of Providence virus replication proteins in insect cell lines
Event: Congress of the South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Feb 2024
Promotes research for early-career women scientists in a science discipline
Jan 2018
DIES-National Multiplication Training
Trains academic researchers from public Universities in grant writing skills.
Jan 2008
National Research Foundation scholarship
Award for doctoral studies in Microbiology at Rhodes University, South Africa
Sep 2005
Developing solutions scholarship
Award for Master studies in Molecular Medical Microbiology at Nottingham University, U.K.
Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship awarded

Early Career Fellowship awarded 2019

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