Dr Kumbukani Nyirenda

Dr Kumbukani Nyirenda

Malawi

University of Malawi

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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Work and Research

Dr. Kumbukani K. Nyirenda was born and raised in a rural village of Karonga district, Malawi. He is also a holder of BSc, BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and MSc (Applied Chemistry). Presently, he is a lecturer (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) and the Deputy Head of Pharmacy Department in the Faculty of Basic Medical Science and Health Professions (BMS&HP), College of Medicine of the University of Malawi. His fields of expertise include: Food Chemistry, Natural Products, Medicinal Chemistry, Nanomaterials and Chemical Characterization.

Fields Of Expertise

Applied Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Chemistry

More about my work

Inspired by the work of his paternal and maternal grandfathers, both of whom were renowned Traditional Medicine Practitioners during their lifetimes, he developed a passion for unconventional approaches to solving health challenges using interdisciplinary scientific methods. Consequently, in 2001 as a young scientist, he was among six African recipients of the World Bank’s prestigious McNamara Fellowship to work on medicinal and aromatic plants of Malawi. Through Carnegie (RISE) scholarship, his doctoral thesis focused on the investigation of bioactive compounds from four Malawian plants traditionally used for the management of diabetes and HIV opportunistic infections. This work generated active novel chemical compounds that could help improve the nutritional and health status of the Malawian society. Additionally, he has contributed to a chapter in a book, published in reputed peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Ethnopharmacology, pharma nutrition, metabolomics and Food Chemistry. His academic and research aspirations are to add value to Malawian biological resources through sustainable partnerships. His present Post-doctoral Fellowship studies by the Future Africa Program seek to unravel the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials from Malawian underutilized plant species. It is anticipated that this multidisciplinary work will provide high value pharmaceutical and cosmetic products; and thus contribute towards generation of improved sustainable economic, social and environmental development of Malawi.