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Jane Namukobe

Country (Nationality)

Uganda

Grantee Title

Project:  Bioactivity and chemical investigation of natural products composition from selected plants used in skin infections and protection 

Grantee Description

Jane Namukobe is a Lecturer and a Researcher at the Department of Chemistry at Makerere University in Uganda. Namukobe obtained her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and a PhD in Chemistry from Makerere University.

She has experience in teaching and research of over 10 years and her vision and ability is to nurture the young generation to grow and advance in their academic as well as research careers. Driven by the enthusiasm in research in natural products chemistry, Namukobe has received awards to do research towards drug formulation and drug discovery from medicinal plants. She has published journal papers in her field of research in peer reviewed journals.  Her current research focuses on screening plants for their antibacterial, antioxidation and sunscreen potentials as well as isolating and identifying their bioactive compounds.

Project:  Bioactivity and chemical investigation of natural products composition from selected plants used in skin infections and protection 

Skin diseases are very common in many developing countries and have a serious impact on people’s quality of life, causing lost productivity at work and school, and discrimination which may lead to psycho-social problems especially in the neglected minority groups like the albinos. Many people develop skin conditions due to UV exposure (skin cancer), and bacterial infections. 

With the emerging bacterial resistance to antimicrobials in skin infections, there is need to search for novel chemotherapeutic agents to combat the resistant bacterial strains. Besides, artificial sunscreens are expensive, purported to cause cancer and sometimes breakdown and become less effective.

In Uganda, many plants used to treat skin diseases have been documented but their efficacy, toxicity and chemical constituent is not known and this hinders their formulation and development into drugs. The project aims to identify and chemically characterize bioactive metabolites from plants with antibacterial, antioxidant and sun protection potentials. 

The project anticipates to advance knowledge by discovering bioactive compounds that can be used as chemical markers and act as leads for discovery of drugs for skin infection and protection from UV radiation.