Zimbabwe

Associate Professor Grace Mugumbate, PhD, MSc, Grad. C. E, BSc, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe (CUT)

 

Grace Mugumbate leads the Chemogenomic, Molecular modelling and data analysis research group at Chinhoyi University of Technology where she is lecturer in the Department of Chemistry.

Her career path started as an A’level chemistry teacher at Fletcher High School then a lecturer in the Department of Chemical technology at Midlands State University, and a postgraduate student and Postdoctoral Research Scientist leading the computational division in Prof Kelly Chibale’s Medicinal Chemistry group at University of Cape Town, South Africa and applying chemoinformatics and bioinformatic methods in medicinal chemistry. This was followed by being Postdoctoral Research fellow working with John Overington in the Chemogenomics group at European Bioinformatics Institute, UK, funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND (grant number 291772) under the EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdoc (EIPOD) programme, a prestigious award for outstanding researchers involved in interdisciplinary research. She led projects that focused on data analysis and identifying targets for bioactive compounds, for alternative treatment of the killer diseases malaria and tuberculosis.  Later she was a Scientific Training Officer in the training division at European Bioinformatics Institute, designing and delivering bioinformatics training workshops in Worldwide. She has contributed immensely to the development of Science and technology through publications in peer review journals and conferences.

Currently Grace is an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe and as the senior academic in the department is involved in designing and developing course modules and degree programmes in science and technology in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and high school outreach programmes. She has embarked on capacity building projects that enhance teaching and learning in Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa.

Grace’s research focuses on computer – aided drug discovery, design and development of new and alternative drugs for the treatment of malaria, tuberculosis, Neglected tropical diseases that burden Africa, work that started from her PhD work that focused on modelling a G-protein coupled receptor from the mosquito and its hormone that could be used in the design and development of alternative insecticides and target prediction for anti-tuberculosis phenotypic hits using chemogenomic approaches in conjunction with biological and biophysical evaluations performed in Prof Ton Blundell’s group at University of Cambridge.

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