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Dr Baxter Kachingwe, Lecturer (Head of Department)

Baxter is the first graduate of our department to gain a PhD, which he achieved in Taipei Medical University in Taiwan. He took a Masters degree in Clinical Pharmacy and worked on pharmacokinetics and drug development for his PhD. He will contribute to teaching on these subjects in his old school where he became head in 2019.

Nettie Dzabala, Lecturer

Nettie Dzabala  was been Head of the Pharmacy from 2012 to 2019. She studied pharmacy and acquired a Master’s degree in Leningrad (today St. Petersburg). She has acquired long-standing work experience as the owner of a private pharmacy and carried out scientific studies about medicinal plants in Malawi and about the availability and prices of antimalarial drugs. Her teaching activities include Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacology. She is on the Board of Directors of the Malawi Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board (PMPB) and chairs the Medicines Committee. She works as a Good Manufacturing Practice Inspector for PMPB, participating  in the inspection of premises in countries exporting medicines into Malawi, including India and China. Nettie has had a keen interest in the work of FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) and in 2018 was appointed to the Academic Institutional membership (AIM) Deans forum, a global network providing connectivity amongst Schools of Pharmacy across all continents.

She represents Africa on the US Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) International Services board.

In her research, she has a number of interests:

  • Pilot study on reporting tools for pharmacovigilance in Malawi with Frider Chimimba
  • Investigating adverse drug effects experienced by patients taking artemisinin-based combination therapies in Malawi.
  • Community model for fostering health and well-being for adolescent mothers & their children
  • Pharmacist on Record for clinical trials administered by  the department.

 Dr. Kumbukani K. Nyirenda, Deputy Head of Department

Kumbukani K. Nyirenda  completed his studies of chemistry in Malawi with a Bachelor and Master degree at the Department of Chemistry, Chancellor College of the University of Malawi, Zomba. Inspired by the work of his paternal and maternal grandfathers, both of whom were renowned Traditional Medicine Practitioners during their lifetimes, he developed a passion for unconventional approaches to solving health challenges using interdisciplinary scientific methods. Consequently, in 2001 as a young scientist, he was among six African recipients of the World Bank’s prestigious McNamara Fellowship to work on medicinal and aromatic plants of Malawi. Through a Carnegie (RISE) scholarship, his doctoral thesis focused on the investigation of bioactive compounds from four Malawian plants traditionally used for the management of diabetes and HIV opportunistic infections. This work generated active novel chemical compounds that could help improve the nutritional and health status of the Malawian society.  He has been awarded a further Research Leadership Fellowship from the Future Africa Program, after competition across Africa, to seek to unravel the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials from Malawian underutilized plant species. It is anticipated that this multidisciplinary work will provide high value pharmaceutical and cosmetic products; and thus contribute towards generation of improved sustainable economic, social and environmental development of Malawi. His academic and research aspirations are to add value to Malawian biological resources through sustainable partnerships.

He has the onerous task of being examinations officer for the department.

Dr. Felix Khuluza, Senior Lecturer

Felix Khuluza first completed an education as Pharmacy Technician at the College of Health Sciences, Lilongwe (2003) and then belonged to the first group of pharmacy students (Jan 2006-Nov 2009) at the University of Malawi. In 2013 he obtained a Master’s in Health Economics at the University of Queensland, Australia. He recently completed a PhD with a study on logistics and the quality of medicines in Malawi, under the supervision of Prof. Lutz Heide (University of Malawi) and Prof. Ulrike Holzgrabe (University of Würzburg, Germany).

He first worked in charge of pharmacy for Mua Mission Hospital in 2003, then joined the country’s largest referral hospital, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH). From April 2004 to December 2005, he worked as Acting Pharmacist-in-Charge for four months before being appointed as the Deputy Pharmacist-in-Charge of the hospital. During the time when he was at QECH, he was also a part-time lecturer at the Malawi College of Health Science,  teaching pharmacology and supplies management. Felix joined the College of Medicine in 2010 as assistant lecturer before being promoted to full lecturer in 2013 and senior lecturer in 2018. He had a short stint as locum pharmacist for  community pharmacies, and was co-opted as a preceptor for intern pharmacists by the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board.

Currently his main subject areas are Drug and Medical Supplies Management and Pharmacy Law and Ethics.

He sits on the Board of Directors for Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board.

Dr. Louisa Alfazema Kalilani, Senior Lecturer

Louisa Alfazema Kalilani  studied biochemistry in London, UK, and prepared her doctoral thesis there. In the Pharmacy Department she teaches pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical calculations. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme and vice-chair of the College Research Ethics Committee (COMREC).


Dr. Lutz Heide, Honorary Professor


Lutz Heide studied pharmacy in Münster, Germany. After obtaining his PhD he worked for three years in the Ministry of Health in Somalia and established a drug supply system for refugee camps. Since 1994 he has been Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology at the University of Tübingen. On temporary leave from his German university, he worked for 2 years as a professor at the Pharmacy Department of the University of Malawi, seconded by the German government’s development cooperation (GIZ/CIM). He is now Director of the Pharmaceutical Institute of Tuebingen University, Germany, and Honorary Professor in the Pharmacy Department, University of Malawi. He co-ordinates a DAAD-funded partnership programme between the Pharmacy Department of the University of Malawi and the Pharmaceutical Institute the University of Tuebingen. His primary research interest is the quality of medicines in Afria. For his CV and academic profile see

Frider Chimimba, Lecturer

Frider Chimimba studied Pharmacy at the University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. She obtained an MSc in Pharmaceutical Services and Medicine control (2006) at University of Bradford, UK and an MSc in Clinical Research (2013) at University of Cranfield, UK. After her first degree, she worked with Malawi Pharmacies Limited and Pharmavet as Pharmacist Manager before joining Michiru Pharmacy Limited as General Manager. She then opened her own community pharmacy before relocating to UK in 2005. She once served as Vice President of Pharmaceutical Society of Malawi (PHASOM) as well as member of Poisons and Medicines committees of the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board of Malawi (PMPB). Frider is leading the national initiatives on pharmacovigilance with Nettie Dzabala.

Dr Peter Kumpalume, Visiting Senior Lecturer

Peter Kumpalume studied Chemistry and taught at Chancellor College before moving to Aston University in UK to take a PhD. He followed up with postdoctoral studies in Cambridge and then moved to the pharmaceutical industry where he worked for two development companies and for the multinational GSK. Throughout he focused on improving manufacturing processes and has several patents in his name.
He is keen to investigate the active ingredients in herbal products and to improve conventional treatments by making combinations of known active ingredients and extending duration of action.
On returning to Malawi, he served as Minister for Health and still serves as an MP.

John Mponda, Lecturer

John takes a special interest in pharmacognosy and herbal medicines, as well as running a community pharmacy. He gained his Master’s degree in pharmacognosy in Taipei, Taiwan, and is deputy director of the ACEPHEM project which is developing herbal Medicine in a designated African Centre of Excellence sponsored by the World Bank.

He has a teaching qualification gained in Tanzania and served as a Trustee and Chairperson of the Technical Committee at Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) and as Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Malawi (PHASOM). (2015-2017). He is currently pursuing his PhD through ACEPHEM and a Nigerian University.

Dina Kamowa, Lecturer

Dina Kamowa studied chemistry at Chancellors College of the University of Malawi in Zomba, and subsequently pharmacy at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa. From 2011-2013 she obtained a Master’s degree at the School of Pharmacy of the University of Queensland, Australia, with a research project about adherence to HIV/AIDS therapy. In the Pharmacy Department of the University of Malawi she teaches primarily Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. David Scott, Lecturer  

Following on from Lutz, David came from retirement in the UK with sponsorship from GIZ/CIM.  He  studied pharmacy in Birmingham, UK where his PhD was on the pharmacokinetics  of antibiotics, especially aminoglycosides.   After a fellowship in Arizona to study clinical pharmacy in 1982,  he taught in several universities and hospitals in UK, including Oxford University Hospital and Cardiff University School of Pharmacy. In 2007 he moved to teach a new clinical pharmacy MSc in Nairobi University until 2009.  He teaches clinical pharmacy and pharmacology.

  Precious Ngwalero KatunduLecturer            

Precious belonged to the second cohort of pharmacy students at College of Medicine-University of Malawi. After graduating, she did an internship at Zomba central hospital, Kabula community pharmacy, Pharmanova Malawi Limited and Central Medical Stores-Blantyre. In 2012, she was appointed by the Ministry of Health to be the pharmacist in charge at Zomba central hospital. She obtained a Masters degree in Pharmacology at the University of Cape Town in 2015 and joined the pharmacy department at College of Medicine. Precious is currently studying for a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her main research area of interest is in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of HIV, TB and antimalarial drugs.

Ellen Mhango, Lecturer

Ellen  completed  training as Pharmacy Technician before taking her degree in the Pharmacy department at CoM. In 2016  she obtained a master’s degree in Pharmaceutics at the university of KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa.  Her research master’s focused on enhancing antimicrobial therapy using novel drug delivery systems such as nanoparticles. Ellen teaches pharmaceutics and did further study in Reykjavik, Iceland.

 Blessings Thuboy, Lecturer

Blessings joined the staff soon after graduating and enrolled  at the University of Cape Town for an MPhil in clinical pharmacology during which he developed and validated an LC-MS analytical technique for the determination of capreomycin in human plasma, according to FDA and EMEA guidelines, which was then applied on clinical samples.He has done work on stock-outs of antimalarial drugs in community pharmacies but his special interest is in the pharmacokinetics of drugs in special populations.

Ibrahim Chikowe, Lecturer

Ibrahim is a teaching member of our department and conducts research in the biochemistry department. He specialises in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, and toxicology and takes an interest in herbal medicines. He led the department’s development of a new MSc programme in Herbal Medicines and Phytochemistry .


Ernest Matambo, Lecturer  

Ernest graduated from College of Medicine and did an internship at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital before working for private organisations providing family planning and quality assurance of logistics for Global Fund projects in Malaria and HIV. He has specialised with a Master’s degree from KwaZulu Natal in antimicrobial stewardship. While doing all that, he found time to court and marry the dream girl he met as a fellow student!

Francis Chiumia, Lecturer

Francis graduated from CoM and, after internship at Mzuzu Central Hospital went to Taipei Medical University, Taiwan, for a Masters degree in Clinical Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacoproteomics, which must surely be the most complicated name for a degree! His studies were part of an approach to personalised or precision medicine in which an individual’s metabolic and genetic characteristics are considered in the choice of drug. It opens up the potential of drugs being targeted for each person.  He returned to Malawi and, after a short spell teaching in Mzuzu, joined the department in 2019. He is interested to pursue research in personalised medicine, drug safety and pharmacovigilance.

Nelson Nyoloka, Assistant Lecturer

Nelson graduated from CoM and worked in Zomba and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospitals, as well as some private institutions and retail pharmacies. He has been trained in palliative care and has trained other health workers in Malaria and HIV/AIDS. His main interest is in pharmaceutical treatment for those infections.

Carlos Kilowe, Assistant Lecturer

Carlos has joined us to teach chemistry after working as an intern and pharmacist at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. He is seeking to do further work in pharmacovigilance.


Mary Makoti, Secretary

Mary Makoti completed a Secretarial Course at the Polytechnic of the University of Malawi. She worked for one year at the Chancellor College of the  University of Malawi in Zomba. In 1997 she began her work at the College of Medicine in Blantyre, first in the Department of Haematology, then in the Postgraduate Dean’s office, and since 2010 in the Pharmacy Department.

Happy Nyirongo, laboratory technician

Happy trained in electrical studies before training in laboratory management. He runs our practical laboratories and supervises the analytical research equipment and clinical trial facilities. He has trained in Tuebingen, Germany and in Dundee, Scotland.