Vinand Nantulya

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Vinand Nantulya
Born (1946-01-15) 15 January 1946 (age 75)
Bulayila Village, Kibuku District, Uganda
Alma materUniversity of Dar es Salaam
(Doctor of Medicine)
University of Nairobi
 (Doctor of Philosophy)
Royal College of Pathologists
(Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists)
OccupationPhysician, Pathologist & Academic
Years active1972 — present
Known forAcademics
TitleChancellor of Busitema University
Spouse(s)Dr. Florence Nantulya

Vinand Mukatabala Nantulya, is a Ugandan physician, pathologist, medical researcher, entrepreneur and academic administrator, who since 3 October 2017, serves as the Chancellor of Busitema University, a public university in the Eastern Region of Uganda.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Nantulya was born on 15 January 1949 at Bulayila Village, in present-day Kibuku District, the son of Brenda Kirangi and Paulo Mukatabala.[2]

He started his schooling at Bulangira Roman Catholic School from Primary 1 to 4. He then transferred to Kachomo Primary School for Primary 5 and 6. He studied at St. Peter's College Tororo, for his Ordinary-Level and then transferred to Ntare School in Mbarara, where he completed his Advanced-Level studies. He graduated from Ntare with a High School Diploma. He was admitted to the University of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania, to pursue a degree in human medicine.[2]

Nantulya graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Dar es Salaam.[1][2] After internship at Mulago National Referral Hospital, back in his native Uganda, Nantulya won a scholarship to study outside the country and specialize in Immunology. He enrolled for a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Nairobi. As part of his training, he carried out research in the immunology of infectious diseases in Switzerland. Later, he was conferred with the title of Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.[1][2][3]


After his internship at Mulago Hospital, Nantulya was employed as a teaching assistant at Makerere University School of Medicine. After his PhD studies at the University of Nairobi, he was hired as a research fellow at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD), in Nairobi. While there, he began lecturing at Harvard University. He became the senior research scientist in international health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also served as a professor of health and international relations at the University of Geneva and senior fellow at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. In 2002 he was appointed as senior health adviser at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Geneva.[1][2]

From 2010 until 2016, Nantulya served as Chairman of the Uganda AIDS Commission.[1][4] He resigned that position in December 2016.[5] On 3 October 2017, Professor Vinand Mukatabala Nantulya was installed as the second Chancellor of Busitema University, replacing the founding chancellor, Professor Francis Omaswa, whose ten-year service had expired.[1]

Nantulya served on the selection committee that chose Peter Sands to succeed Mark Dybul as executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in 2017.[6]

Nantulya developed a vaccine called Kuku Star, that prevents New Castle Disease in chicken. He manufactures the vaccine in his company, Brentec Vaccine Limited, named after his mother, Brenda Kirangi.[1][2] His other company, Astel Diagnostics Limited, manufactures rapid diagnostic tests against a number of diseases. He serves as a senior advisor on Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals to the President of Uganda.[1]

In June 2020, the Daily Monitor reported that one of Nantulya`s laboratories had designed a test for the COVID-19 virus in humans that returns results in five minutes as opposed to 45 minutes or three hours by other methods. The new testing method is undergoing the requisite regulatory approval before being subjected to mass testing in the field.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Nantulya is married to Dr. Florence Nakimwero Nantulya, a pediatrician, who practices at Nakasero Hospital, in Kampala, Uganda's capital city. Together, they are parents to five adult children.[2][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Busitema University (3 October 2017). "The Chancellor of Busitema University: Professor Vinand Nantulya". Busitema University. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g The Gupta Report (30 May 2018). "Biography And Inspiring Life of Professor Vinand Nantulya". The Gupta Report. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ Thrive Organization Uganda (2019). "Vinand Nantulya, MD, PhD, FRCPath". Kampala: Thrive Organization Uganda. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  4. ^ Raymond Baguma (17 October 2012). "Conflicting Messages Affect AIDS Campaign". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  5. ^ Daily Monitor (27 November 2017). "Power Fights In Uganda Aids Commission Forced Me To Quit". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  6. ^ GF/B37/DP10, approved by the Board on 4 May 2017: Appointment of the 2017 Executive Director Nomination Committee Membership Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).
  7. ^ Tonny Abet (11 June 2020). "Ugandan Makes Covid-19 Test Kits". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  8. ^ Tonny Abet (25 June 2020). "Makerere Approves Local Covid-19 Testing Kit". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  9. ^ Paul Ampurire (9 August 2016). "Breastfeeding: What Risks Does It Bear On Mother And Child?". Kampala: CimpReports. Retrieved 6 November 2019.

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