Peter C. Vuzi
Senior Lecturer / Head, Department of Biochemistry & Sports Science, College of Natural Siences, Makerere University, P.o.Box 7062 kampala
Subjects Taught: Dr. Vuzi is a Senior Lecturer, teaching subject of Biochemistry to Science, Veterinary, Agriculture and Medical students at Makerere University in addition to part-time lecturership at other sister Universities such as the Department of Nursing at Mbarara University of Science & Technology and Bachelor of Medical Education at Health Tutor’s College in Mulago.
Research: Dr. Vuzi is involved in various research in biochemistry on the molecular biology, vaccinology and immunology of malaria parasites, with particular interest in development of potential vaccine candidates for malaria. As part of his doctoral studies, he cloned and expressed in bacteria a 34-kDa recombinant protein sub-fragment of the 70kDa interspecies conserved Plasmodium falciparum antigen named Pfp70, which he found to be both immunogenic and antigenic thus possessing good characteristics for a candidate malaria vaccine. Dr. Vuzi also has interest in other neglected infectious diseases such as Onchocercaisis, Buruli ulcer and Trypanosomiasis. Recently, he has researched on the protective properties of different phytochemicals against non-infectious disease such as diabetes mellitus, besides investigating nutritional values and composition of worms and other insects as alternatives for poultry feeds.
Dr. Vuzi was a co-investigator in a Carnegie corporation funded collaborative research with the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Studies analyzing the nutritional and chemical characteristics of Shea butter/oils from Shea producing districts of Uganda. He was also a co-investigator on an Italian Cooperation funded research project with Gulu University Faculty of Medicine on development of local weaning foods for rural mothers in Gulu and Kitgum district in Northern Uganda.