Ritah Nakayinga’s career and experience gained over the years spans across the discipline of Microbiology. She obtained her PhD in Microbiology from Rhodes University, South Africa. She holds a MSc in Molecular Medical Microbiology from Nottingham University, United Kingdom and a BSc in Zoology and Botany, Makerere University. She joined IHSU in 2014 and since then she has been involved in teaching and grants proposal coordination.

Research Interests

Ritah’s research interests spans across a range of areas that include topics but are not limited to; transfusion medicine research of transfusion-transmitted infections, zoonotic disease research with interests in epidemiology, ecology and biomarker identification for vaccine development. Exploration of the potential of bacteriophages as bio-control agents in the field of environment, medicine and agriculture.

Teaching Interests

Ritah teaches courses that include Virology, Bacteriology and Laboratory Quality Assurance at Bachelor's level. She also coordinates IHSU staff on grant proposal writing and submission of grants.


  • Short, J.R., Nakayinga, R., Hughes, E. G., Walter, C.T. and Dorrington, R. A. (2013). Providence virus (Family: Caromotetraviridae) replicates vRNA in association with the Golgi apparatus and secretory vesicles. J. Gen. Virol.  94 (5) 1073-8.
  • Walter, CT, Pringle, FM, Nakayinga, R, de Felipe, P, Ryan, MD, Ball, LA and RA Dorrington* (2010). “Genome organization and translation products of Providence virus: insight into a unique tetravirus.  J. Gen. Virol.  91(11): 2826-35.”

Bsc, Msc, PhD
Grants Officer
Lecturer - IAHS

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