Early Investigators

The Center also fosters an environment where scientists interact with other investigators at the University at Buffalo and the academic medical centers of the SUNY  Global Health Institute. This environment is created through visiting scholar programs, web-based approaches that facilitate real time research mentoring and collaboration, as well as virtual seminars, conferences and workshops.


The UB Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences currently provides mentoring for early investigators from partner universities in Africa and the Caribbean region.

Learn more about each Early Investigator by clicking on Bio link to view a full list of their published works.

Waheed Adedeji

Waheed Adedeji, MBBS, MSc (Pharmacology), MSc (Tropical Medicine), MPH (Field Epidemiology Practice), FMCP(Nig.)

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Waheed Adedeji, MBBS, MSc (Pharmacology), MSc (Tropical Medicine), MPH (Field Epidemiology Practice), FMCP(Nig.) Dr Adedeji is a Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, and Honorary Consultant Physician & Clinical Pharmacologist at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria. He had residency training in Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Clinical Pharmacology at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. In 2017, Waheed received an HIV Research Trust Award Scholarship for training in HIV Clinical Pharmacology Research at the Translational Pharmacology Research Core, New York State University at Buffalo, under the distinguished Professor Gene D. Morse. He completed a two-year Johnson & Johnson Research & Development (R&D) Fellowship Program within the Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health Research and Development, Beerse, Belgium. In 2022, he received the Emerging Global Leader Award (K43) from the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health to investigate the influence of fluoxetine on the disposition kinetics of dolutegravir among people living with HIV with major depression in Nigeria.

Celia M.J Matyanga


Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Zimbabwe

Celia MJ Matyanga is a pharmacist with an MSc Clinical Pharmacology. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Pharmacokinetics, investigating the interactions between antiretrovirals and traditional medicines in people living with HIV/ AIDS. She works as a lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Zimbabwe and mentors students. She serves as a member of the National Health Research and Development Committee for the Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe. Celia is an awardee of the Zimbabwe Emerging Faculty Development Program, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science and other awards stated here: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9799-136X Her research interests are in traditional medicines, pharmacokinetics and pharmacy practice. As a pharmacist, she is passionate about improving the practice of pharmacy to optimize drug therapy. She is passionate about grant writing and hopes to collaborate with senior researchers in securing grants to solve global health problems

Dr Annabel Banda.

Dr. Annabel Banda

Lecturer, Chairperson Department of Horticulture and Crop Production

Gwanda State University

Dr Annabel Banda was born and grew up in Esigodini, Umzingwane District, Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe. She came from an extended family of eight kids. She did her primary school at Mvuthu Primary school (1993-1999), proceeded to Mvuthu Secondary school (2000-2003) for form 1-4. After attaining five ‘A’s and 2 ‘B’s and 2’C’S at ‘O’ level she proceeded to do her A level at Usher High School (2004-2005). She was sponsored to do her ‘A’ level by Mr Mike Mgcini Nkolomi under Cry Mantengwane Sports Bar. After passing her A level with triple D’s in Maths, Chemistry, and Biology she proceeded to attain her undergraduate degree (2006-2010) at the University of Zimbabwe still being sponsored by the same person. She attained upper second class during this time, in her pursuit not to be a secondary teacher she enrolled for a Master of Science in Tropical Entomology (2011-2013) at UZ. This was to be a self-sponsored journey, full of ups and downs due to fees crisis. She later completed this and ironically went to be a teacher for 5years at Swazi High School (2014-2019). During this time in 2015 she enrolled for a Doctorate degree at Chinhoyi University of Technology. During this time it was a lot better because she was working, however in 2019 things got tough. When she was at the verge of giving up, she was fortunate to get a lectureship job at Gwanda State University. She later graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology and Environment in 2022 after finishing in 2021. Currectly she is a lecturer and Department chairperson in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Production. A proud mother of one, Lillianna her name is called. He father passed on in 2015 (John banda), survived by one parent, the mother (Constance Filicity Banda) who is her pillar of hope. Her research interest are rodents, ectoparasite, endoparasites, zoonotic diseases and pollinators. However generally interest in any biological research due to her undergraduate.

Gregory Dowo.

Gregory Dowo


Midlands State University

Gregory Dowo is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology at Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. He has a background in botanical sciences and is interested in ethnopharmacology, plant diversity, and conservation. He was one of the nine Zimbabwean faculty members who participated in the Zimbabwe Emerging Faculty Development Program (ZEFDP) at SUNY Buffalo. He is working on a research project with his mentors, Professor Raymond Cha and Professor Stanley Schwartz, on setting up a collaborative research group on ethnopharmacology between Zimbabwean institutions and SUNY Buffalo.

Nyasha C Mukonowenzou.

Nyasha C Mukonowenzou

Physiology Lecturer

PhD (Physiological Sciences) Stellenbosch University

My broad research interests are in cardiometabolic health across the lifespan. My current research focus is on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-mediated cardiovascular disease, with a particular emphasis on the African context. I also have explored early-life nutrition—particularly high-calorie diets—on the emergence of cardiometabolic diseases to investigating the potential protective qualities of phytonutrients.

Winnet E. Chipato.

Winnet E. Chipato

Harare Institute of Technology

Winnie is a biomedical scientist/biochemist whose research drive is to transform the narrative of the so called “infectious diseases of poverty”. She strives to utilise indigenous knowledge systems to advance the search for bioactive secondary metabolites from plant sources. These may be applied as new therapeutic molecules, adjunct therapies, and immunomodulatory agents to improve treatment outcome in infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. Winnie is a recipient of the International Science Program-Natural Products Research Network for East and Central Africa (ISP-NAPRECA) fellowship award (2022); whose primary goal is to promote natural products research on the African continent. She is teaching faculty at the Harare Institute of Technology in Zimbabwe, within the school of Allied Health Sciences, where she also serves as a mentor for young people. As a member of the Organisation of Women in Science in Developing countries, Winnie extends this mentorship role to less privileged communities in order to help reduce gender disparities in STEM education. Outside of the laboratory, Winnie is a nature lover who enjoys hiking, and a proud mother to two budding footballers.

Leah Kashiri.

Leah Kashiri

Lecturer; Member, Joint Research Ethics Committee

University of Zimbabwe

I am a Clinical Scientist specialized in Medical Microbiology registered with the Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientists Council of Zimbabwe. I also am a Molecular Biologist and am currently a registered PhD student registered with the University of Zimbabwe working on a research topic entitled ‘Investigating Genetic Diversity of Mycobacterium avium Complex (MAC) species in Zimbabwe and Development of Candidate Vaccines’.

Prosper Tafadzwa Denhere.

Prosper Denhere

Manicaland State University Department of Computer Science and Information Systems

Prosper Tafadzwa Denhere has more than 4 years' experience as a university lecturer of Information Systems. He joined the Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences (MSUAS) in 2017 after being seconded by the Midlands State University to spearhead the establishment of a Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. Prosper has taught enterprise architecture, information systems governance, systems analysis and design, E-business, and digital financial services. Prosper is a final year PhD student in Information Systems specializing in Health. Prosper has been a Senate and Council Board member of Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences and responsible for University Quality Assurance Governance.

Simmoy Noble

The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Mario Golding

The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Samantha Mosha

The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Jerome Walker

The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Shanice Redman.

Shanice Redman

University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Alton Bodley

The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Pamela Gorejena.

Pamela Gorejena

University of Zimbabwe

Malinda Kaiyo-Utete

Zvandiri Africaid/University of Zimbabwe

Faithful Makita-Chingombe

University of Zimbabwe

Taona Emmah.

Taona Emmah Mudluli

University of Zimbabwe

Ratidzo Chirimo

University of Zimbabwe

Theresa Chimponda

University of Zimbabwe

Pinky Manyau

University of Zimbabwe

Rutendo Lynmarry Gutsire

University of Zimbabwe

Kery Ann Neslon

Tawanda Tinago.

Tawanda Tinago


Chinhoyi University of Technology

Tawanda Tinago (Molecular Ecology) is a lecturer in the Department of Biology at the Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe. Tawanda is actively involved in studying the ecology of soil macrofauna in recognition of their value as a bioresource. He investigates soil macrofauna biodiversity through taxonomic assessments, genomic approaches, and ecological niche modelling. His research aims to document the i) diversity ii) nature and magnitude of threats such as climate change and loss of habitat due to rapid human development. His goal is to bring attention to soil arthropods, which have been overlooked by science, and promote their sustainable use in developing medicinal drugs and maintaining environmental health.

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