MUST & MRRH Leadership
Hospital Director, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital
Dr. Celestine Barigye was appointed Director of the Mbarara Regional and Referral Hospital in December 2014. Prior to this appointment he served as the Technical and Personal Assistant to the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda. Other career highlights include: an appointment as Bushenyi District Health Officer, lecturer at Kampala International University, hospital board member and, active member of several academic and administrative committees. His research interests include infectious diseases with attention to HIV, malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea in developing countries. Dr. Barigye graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Science (MBchB) from the Mbarara University of Science and Technology where he also completed his internship training. He went on to receive a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in International Health at Melbourne University, Australia.
Professor CELESTINO OBUA, MD, PHD
Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Professor Celestino Obua is the current Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Professor Obua is a Ugandan physician, pharmacologist, academic and academic administrator. He holds the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), obtained from the University of Dar es Salaam. He also holds the degree of Master of Science in Pharmacology, obtained from Makerere University, the oldest and largest public university in Uganda. His Doctor of Philosophy(PhD), also in pharmacology, was obtained from Karolinska University, in collaboration with Makerere University, in January 2009. Dr. Obua served as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and eventually as Associate Professor of Pharmacology at Makerere University School of Biomedical Sciences (MUSBS), a component of Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS). He also served as the Deputy Principal of MUCHS, under the Principal,Professor Nelson Ssewankambo. On Friday 24 October 2014, he was installed as the Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), the second academic to serve in that position, after Professor Frederick Kayanja, who served from 1989 until 2014.
Assoc. Professor GERTRUDE KIWANUKA, MD, PHD
Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Dr. Kiwanuka, joined MUST in academic year 1991/1992 as a pioneer postgraduate student of MUST. She is also the pioneer PhD graduate in Faculty of Medicine (FOM). She holds a BSc. Degree in Biochemistry (MAK), MSc. Biochemistry (MUST) and PhD (MUST). She did her post-doctoral training at the National Institute for Medical Research in London, UK and has over 23 years teaching experience. She is currently serving as Head, Biochemistry Department; appointed in 2014. She’s the vice Chairperson MUST Research Ethics Committee; member & coordinator of MBChB- Mature Age & Exemption Committee; member- Mbarara University Internal Appointments Committee (Lower salary scale); member- FOM Recruitment & Promotions Committee; and member- Postgraduate Committee, FOM. She’s a three-time best lecturer in pre-clinical courses in the FOM. She’s a trainer of Responsibility Conduct of Research under MURTI. Her research interests range from molecular studies & mechanisms of pathogenesis of infectious diseases, particularly malaria & HIV, to molecular mechanisms of non-communicable diseases cancer, diabetes & cardiovascular disease. She has conducted biomedical research with 9 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has supervised 5 Master of Science students, served on the PhD mentoring program at Karolinska Institute, Sweden and is currently supervising 4 Masters & 2 PhD students at MUST.