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Welcome to School of Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry is a branch of biomedical science that deals with the application of chemical techniques to understand and analyze biological problems. In essence it combines biology and chemistry. Modern biochemistry has grown to encompass a wide range of areas that overlaps molecular biology, cell biology and genetics. Biochemistry provides a foundation for the study of Microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, genetics, zoology, botany and anatomy.  The department has five full time faculty and six 6 supporting all of whom, apart from teaching biochemistry and molecular biology courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate students serve as faculty advisors. 


About School of Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry is a branch of biomedical science that deals with the application of chemical techniques to understand and analyze biological problems. In essence it combines biology and chemistry. Modern biochemistry has grown to encompass a wide range of areas that overlaps molecular biology, cell biology and genetics. Biochemistry provides a foundation for the study of Microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, genetics, zoology, botany and anatomy.  The department has five full time faculty and six 6 supporting all of whom, apart from teaching biochemistry and molecular biology courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate students serve as faculty advisors. 

The department offers a 2-year full time MSc program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Students, working closely with their principal supervisors, also take part in many other research-focused and skills training events and opportunities including: Journal club presentations and the graduate student’s research in progress forum.  Our Research Technology Support Facility provides technical and consulting services to the research and instructional community in the School of Medicine and Muhimbili University as a whole. Further, the department carries out research focused on three main themes; Molecular techniques in detection of Infections, human evolution and the immunobiology of the female reproductive tract

Our Programmes

Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (BBME)

Direct Entry

Three principal passes in Physics, Chemistry and Advanced Mathematics with minimum of 8 points: A minimum of C grade in Advanced Mathematics and Physics and a minimum of D grade in Chemistry. In addition, an applicant must have a minimum of C grade in Biology at O-Level

Equivalent Entry

Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Biomedical, Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunication, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science with an average of “B+” or a minimum GPA of 3.5. In addition, an applicant must have a minimum of “D” grade in the following subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and English at O-Level

Anatomy and Histology


The department of Anatomy, one of the core departments of the School of Biomedical Sciences (SoBS) in the College of Medicine teaches the subject of anatomy to various degree programs at MUHAS both at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. The department also offers short courses including the Morticians Skills course to Mortuary Technicians and Attendants from all over the country. We also conduct research in four sub-disciplines namely: Gross Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology and Neuroanatomy. Further, the department strives to advance the understanding of the structure and the various developmental anomalies.

Objectives of the Department

For training purposes, we aim to offer up-to-date scholarly supported and evidence-based knowledge, skills, and proper attitudes in all areas of anatomy that are necessary for medical and health professions career competency.  To the public, we aim to offer technical 


Currently the department has 9 academic staff, three technical staff and 4 supporting personnel


  1. We offer a Master of Human Anatomy Degree for 2 years. We receive applicants with a first degree in Human and Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy and BSc Human Anatomy. Graduates in other health sciences with sufficient training in Human anatomy at undergraduate are also evaluated and admitted to MSc Human Anatomy degree.
  2. We teach basic and clinical anatomy to all first degree programs in health degree programs
  3. We teach clinical and applied anatomy to all surgical related master of medicine programs
  4. We offer a Short courses in Mortuary (1 month) and prosection (3 months) skills to applicants with Form IV/VI or higher qualifications.

About the department (BME)

Welcome to the unit of biomedical engineering within the MUHAS’s school of Biomedical sciences. The unit was established in 2016 with the first intake of students in 2019, and the first graduates in 2023. With the biomedical engineering being interdisciplinary field, the unit comprises academic staffs in Biomedical engineering, Digital signal processing, Mathematics, Prosthetics and orthotics, data science and Artificial Intelligences. Being an only engineering field in a traditionally medical university, this provides our students with a unique and advantageous exposure to both engineering and medical knowledge within a single university.

Currently, the unit offers a degree in biomedical engineering. The main objectives of the unit is to conduct teaching, research and consultancy services of biomedical engineering and other related fields. Some of the teaching labs include instrumentation lab and medical devices lab. The unit has a total of twelve (12) academic staffs with two PhD graduates. For the sustainability and growth of the unit to become a department, two of the staffs are currently pursuing their PhDs and other two pursuing their master’s degree.

Graduates from our degree program will have enough knowledge, skills and ethics to work in different fields including hospitals, medical regulatory authorities, medical research, pharmaceutical industries, academia and medical device industries to mention a few.

Recently, the unit has established a repair and maintenance center for medical devices. The center provides maintenance, repair and consultation of medical devices for both university teaching laboratories and hospitals across the country. This does not only provide hands on engineering practices to our students, but also provide repair and maintenance services of medical devices to the community. The unit hosts an Emerging Technologies for Health research and development laboratory (ETH). The lab conducts research and development of healthcare solutions using emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and block chain. The department design , develop and fit  various assistive technology (AT) to people with special needs (PSNs) range from adaptive software ,wheelchairs to  prostheses & orthoses under rehabilitation and prosthetics & orthotics laboratories.

Welcome to the Department OF Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Our department Under School of Biomedical Sciences within the College of Medicine we have more than 16 esteemed academician members, including professors, senior scientists, and research scientists and 5 high skilled technical supporting staffs, who are at the forefront of groundbreaking research across various biochemistry and molecular biology cutting-edge fields. Our mission is to train highly skilled health professionals to excel in research, teaching and consultancy in the fields of Biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and biotechnology.

Our primary academic objective is to nurture the development of independent learning, critical thinking, and effective communication skills among our students. We strive to cultivate their enthusiasm for achieving excellence. Original research is seamlessly integrated into both our graduate and undergraduate curricula, preparing students for a wide range of career paths, including academia, biotechnology, regulatory authorities, government laboratories, industry, professional schools and post-doctoral training among others. To cater to the diverse needs and interests of our students, we offer a comprehensive selection of educational programs. At the undergraduate level, we provide extensive courses covering biochemistry, molecular biology, medical genetics, and related disciplines. These courses establish a solid foundation for students by imparting fundamental principles and techniques in the field. Additionally, our department offers a postgraduate program leading to a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as provide support in facilitations of other related Master of medicine as well as master of sciences programs.

At the heart of our department is our commitment to cutting-edge research. We uphold internationally renowned and well-funded research initiatives in various fields, including molecular genetics, pharmacogenomics, immunogenetics, cardiogenetics, cancer research, sickle cell disease, antimicrobial resistance, gene therapy, malaria, tuberculosis, neurodegenerative diseases, and bioinformatics, among numerous others.

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, through the MUHAS Genetic Lab (MGL), also offers expert consultancy services. We provide a diverse range of consultancies tailored to meet the needs of various industries. Some of the consultancies provided by our department include HLA Typing for Kidney transplant, Pharmacogenomics Consultancy, techniques related to biochemistry and molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell culture, flow cytometry analysis, and the diagnosis of rare diseases. These consultancies reflect our commitment to applying our expertise and resources to support and contribute to various sectors beyond academia and research.

Department of Physiology, MUHAS

About the Department

As a cornerstone of academic excellence, the Department of Physiology at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) is committed to nurturing the next generation of health professionals and researchers. It comprises a team of eight faculty members, including one professor, two senior lecturers, two lecturers, two assistant lecturers, and one tutorial assistant. Additionally, the department has two technical staff and a dedicated secretary to assist the team.

The department offers a wide range of comprehensive basic and clinical physiology programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including PhDs. Their state-of-the-art teaching lab provides a practical learning environment where students can conduct physiological tests such as ECG, EEG, and spirometry. They also have a cutting-edge exercise lab where students can explore exercise physiology principles.

The department’s graduates are well-equipped to work in various fields such as basic science research, medical research, biomedical sciences, academia, sports medicine and medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, or physician assistants.

The Department of Physiology is also actively involved in various research initiatives that impact global health. Their research portfolio includes occupational exposure studies, diabetes and autonomic neuronal dysfunction; body composition changes and lifestyle interventions for pregnant mothers and patients with diabetes mellitus, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, body fatness, and their relationship with insulin resistance, sports nutrition and athletic performance.

The department collaborates globally with prestigious institutions such as Harvard School of Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They also offer wellness, lifestyle interventions, and physiological assessment consultancy services.

Currently, the department supervises six registered PhD students and has fieldwork spanning both mainland and Zanzibar. They welcome researchers, policymakers, industries, students, sports teams, and the public to engage with them. The Department of Physiology is committed to holistic education, groundbreaking research, and community impact, positioning it as a leader in shaping the future of healthcare and scientific innovation.

For inquiries and collaboration opportunities, please contact

Our Staff Members

Head dept of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Deogratius MzuriKwao,

Deogratias received his Ph.D. from the University of Kent on the Applications of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare in 2020. He previously did his master's in AI at Tianjin University, in China. Deogratias has been researching and practicing machine learning, deep learning, image and voice signal processing which are the core elements of Artificial Intelligence, since 2012.

Head dept of Anatomy and Histology

Denis Russa, BVM, MSc, PhD, Cert. Global Health,

Prof. Denis A. Russa is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Anatomy at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), School of Biomedical Sciences since 2009 to date. He holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Sokoine University, Morogoro, Tanzania and a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology and Statistics from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Prof. Russa holds a PhD degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the Iwate Medical University, Japan.

Head dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Florence Urio,

Dr. Florence Urio has a background in Molecular Biology and Chemistry, having achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Science at University of Namibia, Namibia in 2008. She completed her Master of Science in Molecular Genetics and Physiology at Linköping University, Sweden in 2012. Her master`s project was titled “Epstein Barr Virus immortalization and characterization of Malaria Specific B-cells from immune donors” in Prof. Mats Wahlgren's group at Karolinska Institute through which she developed her knowledge of malaria and technical skills in Parasitology and Immunology.

Head dept of Physiology

Dr. Fredirick Lazaro Mashili ,

Dr. Fredirick Lazaro Mashili is a senior lecturer and the current head of the department of Physiology. As an exercise and endocrine physiologist Dr. Mashili is a leading figure at the confluence of physiology expertise and groundbreaking research, influencing academia, industry, and policy advocacy. As the head of the department of physiology and a research officer at the East African Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences, Dr. Mashili brings a remarkable foundation in medical science. With a background in medicine and a Ph.D. in Muscle, Exercise, and Endocrine Physiology, his advanced training spans basic, clinical, and public health research, focusing on preventive interventions for cardiovascular diseases

Our Researches and Publications

Consultancy Services

  • Repair and maintenance of medical devices by dept of Biomedical engineering
  • Forensic Osteology
  • Histological slides preparations for teaching and learning purpose
  • Designing and establishing of Anatomy dissection rooms and mortuaries
  • Designing curricula in Anatomy

Research Activities Ongoing

  • Advancing cord blood banking techniques
  • Investigating the critical role of fetal hemoglobin decline and its impact on the expression of sickle cell disease within the first three years of life.

Offered Services

  • Glocal
  • NIH


List of Our Publications
Prof. Denis A. RussaHead of the Department of AnatomyAssociate Professor1.Microtubule remodeling mediates the inhibition of store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) during mitosis in COS-7 cell.

2.Stem Cells: Background, Prospects and Potential Applications in Tanzania.

3.The effect of placental weight and cotyledon count to the fetal birth outcome at a regional referral hospital in Tanzania.

4.The forensic exhumation and human remain identification of an individual with albinism,

5.A rare case of adult Bochdalek hernia in Tanzania: Presentation and review of the functional anatomy and embryological basis." rel="noopener" target="_blank">ORCID NO.
Prof. David NgassapaDepartment of AnatomyProfessor1.Neurophysiological mechanisms of dentin hypersensitivity

2.The neurophysiological basis and the role of inflammatory reactions in dentine hypersensitivity

3.Odontogenic myxoma: a clinicopathological study of 33 cases

4.A 4-year prospective study on epidemiology and clinicopathological presentation of odontogenic tumors in Tanzania

5.Occlusion among a group of Tanzanian urban schoolchildren.

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Dr. Emmanuel SulubaDepartment of AnatomyLecturer1.Congenital heart diseases: genetics, non-inherited risk factors, and signaling pathways.

2.A comparative study of the superior longitudinal fasciculus subdivisions between neonates and young adults. Brain Structure and Function.

3.TBX 5 gene mutation analysis among Tanzanian children with congenital heart diseases using high-resolution melting assays

4.3D morphometric analysis of fetal postmortem MRI among Chinese fetuses.

5.Psychomotor Development, Cognitive and Behavior Disorders in Patient with Congenital Heart Defects

6.Early Outcome of Open Versus Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy for Symptomatic Gallbladder Stone Disease in A Resource-Limited Setting

7.High throughput mutation screening of cardiac transcription factor GATA4 among Tanzania children with congenital heart diseases

8.Comparison of chest radiographic findings among HIV positive and negative adults with smear positive Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Dar-es-salaam

Anatomical Location Of Nutrient Foramina Of Humerus Inference To Microvascular Bone Graft And Delayed Union In Open Fracture Reduction
Dr. Ali K. HamadDepartment of AnatomyAssistant Lecturer1. Pancreatic Histological Changes of Morizella® Juice

2. Gastric Histological Changes Induced by the Use of Tumbo Mixture.

3. Preferred Facial Profile in Tanzanian Populations.

4. The Presence of Unusual Foramina in the Femoral Intercondylar and Trochanteric Fossae on Skeletonized Individuals from Tanzania.