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Lydia Bunalema

Country of origin: Uganda Currently in: Uganda, Kampala General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Academic Background


2018 Doctorate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
2010 Master Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
2005 Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

My research is basically in medicinal plants, discovering phytochemicals with potential to treat infectious diseases like TB and Malaria. Testing their efficacy and safety both invitro and invivo.

Publications resulting from Research: 

Lydia Bunalema, Moses Ocan, Godfrey S. Bbosa, Aloysious Lubega, Hindum Lanyero, Immaculate Neheza. Anti-Mycobacterial and Synergistic Activity of Synthetic Acridine-9-Carboraldehyde and 9-Hydroxy-4-Methoxy Acridine Alkaloids against Clinical Isolates of Multidrug-Resistant Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology Research 6 (2022): 25-34
Obakiro, Samuel Baker; Kiprop, Ambrose; Kigondu, Elizabeth; K’Owino, Isaac; Odero, Mark Peter; Manyim, Scolastica; Omara, Timothy; Namukobe, Jane; Owor, Richard Oriko; Gavamukulya, Yahaya; Bunalema, Lydia. (2021). Traditional medicinal uses, phytoconstituents, bioactivities, and toxicities of erythrina abyssinica lam. ex DC. (Fabaceae ): Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Samuel Obakiro, Ambrose Kiprop, Isaac Kowino, Elizabeth Kigondu, Mark Peter Odero, Timothy Omara and Lydia Bunalema (2020). Ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology and phytochemistry of traditional medicinal plants used in the management of symptoms of tuberculosis in East Africa: a systematic review. BMC Tropical Medicine and Health 48:68
Obakiro Samuel, Lydia Bunalema, Ndukui G James, Nyatia E and Paul Waako (2018) Ulcerogenic Potential of Eucalyptus globulus L. Leaf Extract in Wistar Albino Rats. Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology ISSN 1816-496X.
Lydia Bunalema, Ghislain Wabo Fotso, Paul Waako, John Tabuti and Samuel O. Yeboah (2017). Potential of Zanthoxylum leprieurii as a source of active compounds against drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 17:89

Lydia Bunalema, John Tabuti, Yahaya Sekagya, Sam Ogwang, Paul Waako (2015). Anti-tubercular activity of Callistemon citrinus and Piptadenistrum africanum on resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis using Microplate alamar blue assay. Spatula DD 5, 235-240

Lydia Bunalema, Samuel Obakiro, Paul Waako and Tabuti JRS (2014). Knowledge on plants used traditionally in the treatment of tuberculosis in Uganda. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 151, 999-1004

Claude Kirimuhuzya, Lydia Bunalema, Paul Waako, Tabuti JRS, Orodho John, Magadula Jangu Joseph, Otieno Nicholas and Okemo Paul (2012). Efficacy of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta root extract on slow-growing rifampicin resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Medicinal Plant Research. Vol. 6(7), pp. 1140-1146

Lydia Bunalema, Kirimuhuzya Claude, Waako Paul, Tabuti JRS, Orodho John, Magadula Jangu Joseph, Otieno Nicholas and Okemo Paul (2011). The efficacy of crude root bark extracts of Erythrina abyssinica on rifampicin resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. African Health Sciences Journal 11(4): 587 – 593

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Teaching both undergraduate and graduate students Supervising both under graduate and graduate students research studies Research

Workshop and Conference Attended

2023 Uganda Joint annual Scientific Health Coference
2017 USA Gordon research conferences, Frontiers of Science
2014 South Africa World congress of Pharmacologists
2012 Arusha 16th NAPRECA Symposium


Uganda Pharmacological Society
School of Bimedical Sciences Institution review board

Presentation given

Oral presentation
Event: Joint annual Scientific Health Coference
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Aug 2019
Toxicological evaluation and pharmacological interactions of acridone alkaloids as potential anti TB drugs, Internertional foundation of Sciencee

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