Microbiology and Immunology is one of the biomedical sciences Department with a total of 10 faculty including 4 professors, 1 associate professor, 1 senior lecturer, 3 lecturers, 1 honorary lecturer and 15 technical and support staff. The Departmental laboratories are equipped with facilities for teaching, research and service provision and the labs are divided into sections including reception, microbiology teaching, immunology, virology, serology, flow cytometry, PCR, specimen repository and cold storage facility.
The Department offers courses on general microbiology, bacteriology, mycology, virology, immunology, oral microbiology and applied microbiology to MD, DDS, BScN and BMLS students, and general and systematic bacteriology and mycology, and immunology and virology to MMed and MSc program candidates. The Department also offers a 6-semester MMed and a 4-semester MSc in Microbiology and Immunology, and MSc by Research and Dissertation. The Department also teaches good clinical laboratory practice (GCLP) to BMLS students, fundamentals of lab methods and lab management to MSc Epidemiology and Lab Management candidates.
The Department undertakes research and collaborates with a number of foreign and in-country institutions namely Karolinska Institute and the Public Health Agency of Sweden, Harvard University, Dartmouth University and Boston Childrens’ Hospital in USA, University of Bergen and University of Tromso in Norway, Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS), National Health Laboratory, Quality Assurance and Training Centre (NHL-QATC), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The Department is involved in several research projects funded by various partners - Sida, NIH, EDCTP, Norwegian Research Council, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) that include HIV diagnosis and monitoring, HIV and nutrition, HIV pathogenesis and genotyping, mother to child transmission of HIV, HIV vaccine trials, tuberculosis, antibiotic resistance and sexually transmitted infections.
The Department also provides consultancy and service provision in evaluations of new rapid HIV assays and point-of-care CD4 T cell count and viral load technologies, national antenatal clinic HIV surveillance, national measles and rubella surveillance, Tanzania HIV/AIDS and malaria indicator survey (THIMS) and laboratory testing for research groups and individuals at MUHAS and outside the institution.
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
P.O. Box 65001
Dar es Salaam
Tel: Direct: +255-22-2151680, Tel: +255 22 2150302-6 (Ext. 1008 Dean, 1276 OMS)