Dr. Agnes Nandutu Masawi, PhD

Dr. Agnes Nandutu Masawi, PhD

Head, Department of Biochemistry & Sports Science, Makerere University
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Dr. Agnes Nandutu Masawi, PhD

Senior Lecturer


Dr. Nandutuis a Senior Lecturer, teaching subject of Biochemistry to Science, Veterinary and Medical students at Makerere University. Dr. Nandutu’s research areas of interest include Food chemistry, scientific validation of medicinal plants, phytochemical and antioxidant evaluation and starch chemistry. Her PhD study involved investigating Biochemical, physico-chemical and Nutritional properties of sweet potato ( Ipomomeabatatas Lam) and its processing into an infant weaning food. Sweet potato based infant food developed in this study had a potential to be used as weaning food because of its nutritional values and viscoelastic properties, which compared well with commercial baby foods.
In addition to teaching, Agnes has supervised over 7 MSc. And 3 PhD students and also published a number of articles in referred journals. She has participated in a number of projects but not limited to what is listed below:
Below is a listof research projects that Dr.Nandutu Agnes Masawi has participated in:
(i) Retention studies of processed products from orange fleshed sweet potato, a staple food for rural communities in Uganda. This was a collaborative study with HarvestPlus and was supported by IFPRI and CIAT
(ii) Biochemical analysis of vitamin A, iron and infection status among women and children in Uganda: a baseline survey. A collaborative study with HarvestPlus supported by IFPRI and CIAT
(iii) Postharvest quality of Solanumaethiopicumleafy vegetable subjected to various handling
and storage technologies.
(iv) The protective properties of different phytochemicals against non-infectious diseases such as
diabetes mellitus.


  • PHD, Food chemistry and Nutrition, University of Surrey, UK, 2005
  • M.Sc, Biochemistry, Makerere University, 1998
  • B.Sc, Biochemistry and Chemistry, Makerere University, 1994


  • Biryomumaisho Justus Murokore,Peter Vuzi California, Raphael Wangalwa, Alex Paul Wacoo Clement OlusojiAjayi, HanningtonGumisiriza,Agnes NandutuMasawi( 2022): Effect of Spice form and Extraction Period on Total Phenolic Content of Selected Ugandan Spices.European Journal of Medicinal Plants, Page 25-32 DOI: 10.9734/ejmp/2022/v33i330456 Published: 8 April 2022.