Name : Dr Gama Bandawe
Email : Mail@must.acc
Position : Head of Biological Sciences Department
Dr Gama Bandawe is head of the Department of Biological Sciences in the Academy of Medical Sciences at the Malawi University of Science and Technology.
He holds a BSc in microbiology and biochemistry, an MSc in molecular and cell biology and a PhD in medical virology, all from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
His postgraduate studies were funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York Research Scholarship Award, the Poliomyelitis of South Africa Postgraduate Scholarship Award and the Canada-Africa Prevention Trials Network
Academic Scholarship Award.
He was also a Columbia University – Southern Africa Fogarty AITRP Traineeship Awardee and his traineeship was taken up at Duke University Centre for AIDS Research. He was awarded the Colin Kaplan Prize 2014 from the University of Cape Tow n’s Division of Medical Virology in 2014.
Dr Bandawe has extensive experience in medical virology research, laboratory management and publication having worked with several global consortia including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Centres for HIV AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI), the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (GHAVE), and the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).
In 2018, Dr Bandawe and the department became awardees of the Instrumental Access Program of Seeding Labs. He sits on the National Health Sciences Research Committee and is a reviewer for the Malawi Medical Journal.