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Christine Betty Nagawa

Country of origin: Uganda Currently in: Uganda, Kampala General field of specialization: Chemical Sciences
Early Career Fellowship
Academic Background


2015 Doctorate Chemical Sciences
2008 Master Chemical Sciences
2002 Undergraduate Chemical Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Chemical Sciences

I am currently working on microplastics in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems under a project Environmental Chemistry for Sustainable Development. I am also looking at the effects of resin tapping on the physical and mechanical properties of wood.

Research Keywords: 
environmental remediation

Publications resulting from Research: 

1.George William Atwooki Nyakairu, Christine Betty Nagawa, Jolocaum Mbabazi, (2010) “Assessment of
cyanobacteria toxins in fresh water fish: A case study of Murchison bay Lake Victoria and L.Mburo
Uganda” , Toxicon Vol 55 (5) pp 939-946

2. Nagawa, C. B., Böhmdorfer, S., Rosenau T (2015) Chemical composition of volatiles extracted from
indigenous tree species of Uganda: composition of bark extracts of Psorospermum febrifugum and
Milicia excelsa. - Holzforschung Vol 69 (6) pp815- 821

3. Nagawa, C. B., Böhmdorfer, S., Rosenau T (2015) Chemical Composition and Anti-termitic Activity of
Essential Oil from Canarium Schweinfurthii Engl .- Industrial Crops and Products Vol 71 pp 75-79.

4.Kyarimpa Christine, Isaiah Ndiege Omolo, John David Kabasa, Christine Betty Nagawa, John Wasswa,
Cliff Richard Kikawa (2015). Evaluation of anti-oxidant properties in essential oil and solvent extracts from
Tagetes minuta . African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry Vol.9(5), pp. 98-104

5.Oluk Isaac, Nagawa Christine Betty, Banadda Noble, Tumutegyereize Peter, Owusu Achaw Prosper
(2021): Development of maize cob-based biochar filter for water purification. Water and Environment
Jornal Vol 35 (1) pp 349-358

6. Abayi Juma John Moses, Gore Christopher Tombe, Christine Nagawa, Bandowe Banjamin A Musa,
Matovu Henry, Mubiru Edward, Ngeno Emily Chelangat, Odongo Silver, Sillanpaa, Ssebugere Patrick
(2021); Polyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in sediments and fish species from the White Nile, East Africa:
Bioaccumulation potential, source apportionement, ecological and health risk assessment.
Environmental Pollution Vol 278 116855

7. Namukobe, J., Sekandi, P., Byamukama, R., Murungi, M., Nambooze, J., Ekyibetenga, Y., Nagawa, C. B. &
Asiimwe, S. (2021). Antibacterial, antioxidant, and sun protection potential of selected ethno medicinal
plants used for skin infections in Uganda. Tropical Medicine and Health, 49(1), 49.

8. Kizito, Simon, Joseph Jjagwe, Simon Wandera Mdondo, Christine Betty Nagawa, Hamidou Bah, and Peter
Tumutegyereize. "Synergetic effects of biochar addition on mesophilic and high total solids anaerobic
digestion of chicken manure." Journal of Environmental Management 315 (2022): 115192.

9. Kyarimpa C, Nagawa CB, Omara T, Odongo S, Ssebugere P, Lugasi SO, Gumula I. Medicinal Plants Used
in the Management of Sexual Dysfunction, Infertility and Improving Virility in the East African
Community: A Systematic Review. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2023 Aug 12;2023:6878852.
doi: 10.1155/2023/6878852. PMID: 37600549; PMCID: PMC10439835.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
I currently work as a Lecturer at the Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism where i teach both graduate and undergraduate students in the area of forest products or value addition to timber after harvesting. In the area of research am supervising a number of students who are pursuing their studies while at the same time carrying out research in areas of environmental chemistry, water research, waste management. I am also responsible for the placement of students in different organisations during there internship or field attachment, at this stage we ensure that they practice what they have been taught.

Workshop and Conference Attended

2023 Harare, Zimbabwe Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA)2023 Symposium.
2022 Makerere University, Kampala Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA) Uganda Chapter Conference, .
2022 University of Nairobi. Nairobi, Kenya NAPRECA Summer School 0n Phytomedicine - from the bush to the shelf.
2013 Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia Natural Products Chemistry Training And Development Programme
2012 Mariehamn, Aland, Finland Summer School on Biorefinery and Biocomposite Analysis
2010 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya GC/MS training at from 23rd to 27th August.
2005 Nairobi Kenya. 11th World Lake Conference

Presentation given

Chemical Composition and Termiticidal Activity of Essential Oil obtained from Canarium schweinfurthii resin from Sango bay, Uganda
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Event: 13th International Symposium on Prospects for the 3rd Millennium Agriculture
Essential oils from eucalyptus leaves as potential pesticides against bean weevil (Acanthoscelides obtectus) and maize weevil ( Sitophilus zeamais) in stored grains.
Harare, Zimbabwe
Event: Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA)2023 Symposium
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Oct 2023
Appear Partnership Program in Higher Education and Research PhD Scholarship
The scholarship award enabled me to pursue my PhD studies at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria for a period of 3 years.
Feb 2022
TWAS- IsDB Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021
I received an IsDB-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship for my research titled Effect of Resin tapping on the yield and growth of Selected Pine Species from Kikonda and Corewoods Planted Forests. The award enabled me demystify the myth that resin tapping affects the mechanical and structural properties of wood.
Jul 2012
Next Generation of African Academics (Carnegie phase III ) PhD Research Grants
This award which was managed by the directorate of research and graduate training enabled me complete my data collection in time. It was awarded to PhD student whoneeded support with mainly data collection.
Jul 2019
Makerere Research Innovation Fund
The funding from the Makerere University - Research Innovation Fund (MAK-RIF) of ($14,097) by the government of Uganda helped us find a solution to the ever increasing problem of post harvest losses which are caused by pests in storage.
Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship awarded

Early Career Fellowship awarded 2023

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