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DR Juziel Manda ,MSc (Med), PhD (Anatomy)

Head of Anatomy Unit – Lecturer

Alma mater: University of Malawi, Chancellor College; University of Cape Town—South Africa; Stellenbosch University—South Africa

As both the Head of Anatomy Division and the Coordinator of Human Anatomy Education within the College, Dr. Manda focuses on teaching Gross Anatomy, Histology and Embryology to MBBS, DAHS and BSc Clinical students.

His research focus lies in the area of regenerative medicine, with particular emphasis on tissue replacement therapy in patients with diabetes. Currently, he is investigating the toxicity of Jatropha carcus extracts on cultured human fibroblasts cells.


Dr Anthony Mwakikunga ,PhD (Anatomy)

Deputy Dean (BMSHP), Deputy Head of Anatomy Unit, Senior Lecturer, Post-Doctoral Fellow – University of the Witwatersrand

Alma mater: Lakeland University—Wisconsin, USA; University of Northern Iowa—USA; University of the Witwatersrand Medical School—South Africa.

Dr. Mwakikunga teaches Gross Anatomy, Histology and Embryology to MBBS, DAHS, and BSc Clinical Students. He also co-supervises Masters and PhD students with emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology.

His research interests lie in the area of embryology with focus on understanding molecular aspects of developmental anomalies and effects of teratogens of the heart and its outflow vessels. Together with his team, he uses chick embryos to study migration of neural crest cells that move outward and downward from the hindbrain region of the neural tube. Their current findings support their hypothesis on the involvement of an amino acid, Homocysteine.

Dr. Mwakikunga’s interests are also in the area of Reproductive Anatomy and Biological Anthropology in which he collaborates with researchers from New Castle University of Medicine, Malaysia and the School of Anatomical Sciences, Wits—SA, respectively.

Peer reviewed publications :

  1. Adefolaju, A.G., Mwakikunga, A. (2019) Lopinavir and Curcumin directly alters BAX/BCL2 and VEGF165b mRNA levels to suppress human squamous cervical carcinoma cell growth. International Journal of Morphology 35(3): 1019-1031.

  1. Adefolaju, G.A., Falana, B.A., Oyewopo, A.O., Mwakikunga, A. (2018) Talinum triangulareIncreases hepatic antioxidant gene expression profile in carbon tetrachloride-induced rat liver injury in Bioactive compounds of medicinal plants: Properties and potential for human health. ISBN: 9781771886482.

  1. Mwakikunga, A., Adefolaju, A.G., Schepartz, L., Hosie, M. (2017) Focal adhesion proteins vinculin and integrin β5 during pregnancy in rat uterine cells: Anastrozole favors their normal distribution. International Journal of Morphology 35(3): 1019-1031.

  1. Mwakikunga, A., Hosie, M. (2016) Anastrozole is a dose specific superovulator and favors implantation in rats: a prospective study. Cell and Tissue Research Journal 364:209-217.

  1. Mwakikunga, A., Katundu, K., Msamati, B., Adefolaju, A.G., Schepartz, L. (2016) An anatomical and osteometric study of the femoral sulcus angle in adult Malawians. African Health Sciences Journal 16(4): 1182-1187.

  1. Mwakikunga, A., Clubine, A.L., Wiens, D.J. (2011) Homocysteine and cardiac neural crest cell cytoskeletal proteins in the chick embryo. International Journal of Biology 3(2): 43-56.

  1. Mwakikunga, A., Adefolaju, A.G., Schepartz, L., Hosie, M. (In press) Focal adhesion proteins Paxillin and FAK during pregnancy in rat uterine cells: Anastrozole favors their normal distribution. International Journal of Morphology.

  1. A. Manjatika1, A. Mwakikunga1,2, P. Mazengenya2, G. A. Adefolaju3, L.A. Schepartz2 (In press) Morphometric description of thoracic vertebral pedicles in Malawians and implications for pedicle screw design. Folia Morphologica.


Mr Lackson Tembo, MSc. (Anatomy)

Alma mater: University of Malawi, Chancellor College; University of Dundee—Scotland, UK; University of the Witwatersrand, SA

Mr Tembo teaches Gross and Developmental Anatomy (particularly, of the Neuro-musculoskeletal systems) to MBBS, DAHS and BSc Clinical students within the college.

His research focus is in the area of Neurological Anatomy. Currently, he is investigating the patterns of neuro-regeneration in adults with particular emphasis on the Hippocampus. Additionally, he is enthusiastic about investigating students experiences on various educational strategies aimed at improving the delivery of medical sciences education.


Mr Arthur Manjatika, BSc. PT (Honours)

Physiotherapist, Assistant Lecturer, Coordinator (DAHS)

Alma mater: University of Malawi, College of Medicine

Apart from coordinating the Dental and Allied Health (DAHS) classes, he teaches Gross Anatomy and Histology to MBBS, DAHS, and BSc Clinical students within the college.

His research focus lies in the Osteological Anatomy of the vertebral column. Currently, he is investigating the morphometry of thoracic and lumbar vertebrae pedicles and screw design implication. On Extension, Manjatika is a Licensed Consultant Sports and Orthopaedic Physiotherapist.


Mr Charles Nyasa, BSc. PT (Honours)

Physiotherapist, Assistant Lecturer

Alma mater: University of Malawi, College of Medicine

Mr Nyasa teaches Gross Anatomy and Histology (Particularly, of the Neuro-musculoskeletal Systems) to MBBS, DAHS, and BSc Clinical students within the college.

His research interest lies in the area of Neurological Anatomy and Applied Anthropology. Currently, he is investigating the distribution of variations in the Anatomy of the Cerebral Arterial Circle (Circle of Willis) in Malawian population.

On extension, he is an expert consultant in Geriatric Physiotherapy, Ergonomics and Human Factors, and Disability Management. In 2018, Nyasa won the Commonwealth Points of Light Award from Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his efforts in Promoting Disability Sport.


MR BRIAN MATUNDU, B.Ed. – Biology (Anatomy & Physiology)

Assistant Lecturer

Alma mater: University of Malawi, Chancellor College

Matundu teaches Gross Anatomy, Histology and Embryology to MBBS, DAHS, and BSc Clinical students within the college.

His research interests are in the area of Gastro-Intestinal Tract Anatomy. Currently, he is investigating the frequency of variations in position and length of vermiform appendix in Malawian Human Cadavers.

Following his longstanding association with the Ministry of Education, particularly the MCDE, Matundu has co-authored a number of textbooks in O-Level Biology.


MR WONGANI ZUWAYO, Dip. (Laboratory Science)Anatomy

Technician
Alma mater: Malamulo College of Health Sciences

Zuwayo focuses on organizing and arranging sessions on practical aspects of Anatomy Courses for MBBS, DAHS, and BSc Clinical students. He also assists with specimen preservation within the Division of Anatomy.

 His interests lie in the area of Gross Anatomy, advanced scientific methods on preparation and preservation of human specimens, and current trends in the science of Funerary Archaeology.


Mr Bruno Ndoma

Mortuary Attendant

 

 

 

 

 


Andrew Maloya

Mortuary Attendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mr Nelson Phiri

Mortuary Attendant