Mr Samuel Baker Obakiro

Ag. Head of Department

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Welcome to the department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics!

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics is one of the core Biomedical (preclinical) Departments of the Faculty of Health Science established in 2013 at the inception of the medical school. It is actively involved in the training of undergraduate and postgraduate students pursuing health related programs. These include Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Anesthesia, Master of Medicine in Internal medicine, Master of Medicine in Paediatrics and Child health and Master of Public Health. Since Pharmacology is the “science of drugs” while therapeutics is the “art and science of treating patients”, the Department strives to equip its students with sufficient knowledge, skills and competences in basic and clinical pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics to ensure that the graduates can provide the expected standard of patient care both nationally and internationally. The department uses the problem-based learning (PBL) approach along with some lectures to teach the students. To reinforce learning, students are exposed to regular practicals, tutorial sessions, clinical exposures, grand rounds and seminars.

To train highly competent health care professionals and researchers with sufficient knowledge and skills regrading drug use in patient care and the environment for better medical practice, environment conservation and pharmaceutical industrial growth.

  1. To teach medical students sufficient and up to date knowledge and skills in pharmacology and therapeutics that is relevant to their professional practice
  2. To generate and disseminate new knowledge regarding drugs and their metabolites in biological systems so as to improve medical practice and conserve environment
  3. To apply pharmacological knowledge and skills in solving health and environmental problems of the society so as contribute towards socioeconomic transformation of the Eastern region.
  4. To create opportunities for the development of the pharmaceutical industry in Uganda through highly impacting and productive research outputs
NAME POSITION Qualification


Prof. Paul Waako Professor PhD; MSc. Pharmacology; MBChB


Mr. Samuel Baker Obakiro Lecturer PhDc; MSc. Pharmacology; PGD; BSc


Dr. Peter Mukhama Kiondo Lecturer MSc. Pharmacology; BPharm


Mr. Tonny Lukwago Lecturer MSc. Pharmacology; BSc.


Mr. Kennedy Kiyimba Assistant Lecturer MSc. Pharmacology; BBLT


Dr. Timothy Wamukota eaching Assistant BPharm.


Projects and community outreaches

In addition to teaching, the department is involved in the following research and community outreach programs.

  1. Through the COBERS program of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Department supervises and mentors both undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking research topics in Pharmacology related projects.
  2. Regionally, the Department is currently running a VLIRUOS (Belgium government) funded project that is “Tracking and mapping antimicrobial resistance in Eastern Uganda” in collaboration with the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
  3. The Department is also conducting research in drug discovery and development from medicinal plants in the region in collaboration with the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the faculty of Health Sciences being spearheaded by Prof. Sangjin Khang from South Korea.
  4. The Department has a memorandum of understanding with the Directorate of shared research of the Peoples’ friendship (RUDN) University, Russia that is aimed at establishing a pharmaceutical laboratory under the Department of Pharmacology and building capacity in pharmaceutical industry in the country.
  5. In collaboration with the Uganda Cancer Institute, the Department organized a workshop about “Recent trends in cancer chemotherapy and management” at Mbale regional Referral Hospital in April 2019 and over 100 health care professionals were trained.
  6. In January 2020, the Department organized a conference on “Antibiotic prescription practices and antibiotic resistance patterns in Eastern Uganda at Mbale and Soroti regional referral hospitals and 80 key stake holders participated including District health officers and Hospital directors.

Samuel Baker Obakiro (PhD candidate; MSc. Pharmacology; PGD; BSc. Chemistry)

Lecturer and Ag. Head of Department

Telephone: +256 704946479 Email: /

P.o Box 1460 Mbale, Uganda