Dr. Asio Santa Maria

Senor Lecturer

PhD (Environmental Health/Epidemiology) University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Diploma (in Research Methodology) DBL, Denmark; MSc (Zoo) Makerere University; (P.G.D.E.) Makerere University; Diploma (Limnology) Institute for Limnology, Austria; BSc (Bot/Zoo) Makerere University

Email: santahmariah@kyu.ac.ug

Phone: +256 414289701


Dr. Asio Santa Maria is a Senior Lecturer, Research Scientist and currently the Head of Department, Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda.

She was previously the Departmental Course Coordinator of Master of Public Health Programme and a Library representative of the Department of Biological Sciences and Faculty of Science.

Dr. Asio Santa Maria holds a Ph.D. Degree from University of Copenhagen. She has several years of Graduate Research Supervision of Doctoral and MSc. Candidates and has published a number of manuscripts in renown peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She is also involved in community engagements and outreach as well as the teaching and learning process of mainly graduate students.

Her duties as Head of the Department are to provide professional stewardship to all academic staff and programmes of the Department. She also oversees the administrative and support functions of the Department.

Dr. Asio Santa Maria is a Life Member of the Uganda Bible Society. A Member of the Uganda Society for Health Scientists (USHS); Junior Scientifique Café – (Café Sci) for Secondary Schools; St. Peters Church Kakusi Onamudian Village Akadot Parish and St John the Baptist Church Kaucho A.

Area of specialty

  1. Environmental
  2. Health/Epidemiology/ parasitology and Aquatic Biology

Research Interests

Current Projects

  1. Environmental Health/ Public Health and infectious diseases
  2. Epidemiology
  3. Parasitology and Vector Biology
  4. Occupational Health and Safety
  5. Natural Products
  6. Food and Water Safety
  7. Aquatic Biology, Blue and Green Economy
  8. Biosafety
  9. Bioethics
  10. Climate Change
  11. Innovations and use of Intellectual Property Systems in Research
  12. Balanites aegyptica (L.) DELILE and Jatropha Curcas


  1. Nassimbwa, F., Twesigye, C. K., Asio S. M. (2022). Existing Human Factors Risks in Eastern Africa Aviation Operation: Focus on skill Risks and Aeromedical factors. A Cross-sectional Study. Student’s Journal of Health Research Africa.
  2. Nassimbwa F., Twesigye C. K. and Asio S. M. (2022). Classifying Emerging Human Factors Risks in Eastern Africa Aviation Operations using HFACS analysis. African Journal of Education, Science and Technology. 1(7): 436-445.
  3. Luyiga, S., Haande, S., Semyalo, R. P., Kizito, Y. S., Miyingo-Kezimbira, A., Brettum, P., Solheim, A. L., Odong, R., Asio, S. M., Jensen, K. H., Larsson, P. (2015). How water exchange and seasonality affect the eutrophication of Murchison Bay, Lake Victoria Limnologica 53, 60-73.
  4. Simonsen, P.E., Onapa, and Asio, S.M. (2011). Mansonella perstans filariasis in Africa. Acta Tropica, 120S, S109-S120.
  5. Larsson, P., Kizito, Y.S., Miyingo-Kezimbira, A., Luyiga, S., Haande, S., Semyalo, R.P., Asio, S.M., Odong R., Lyche-Solheim, A. and Brettum, P., (2009). Development in Murchison Bay. In: Sharing water problems, conflicts and possible solutions – the case of Kampala (Eds: P. Larsson, E. K. Kirumira, A. L. Steigen, A. Miyingo-Kezimbira), pp.49-66. Oslo, Norway: Universitetsforlaget AS.
  6. Asio, S.M., Simonsen, P.E., and Onapa, A.W., (2009d). A randomized, double-blind field trial of ivermectin alone and in combination with albendazole for the treatment of Mansonella perstans infections in Uganda. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 103, 274-279.
  7. Asio, S.M., Simonsen, P.E., and Onapa, A.W., (2009c). Mansonella perstans: Safety and efficacy of ivermectin alone, albendazole alone and the two drugs in combination. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 103, 31-37.
  8. Asio, S.M., Simonsen, P.E., and Onapa, A.W., (2009b). Mansonella perstans filariasis in Uganda: patterns of microfilaraemia and clinical manifestations in two endemic communities. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 103, 266-273.
  9. Asio, S.M., Simonsen, P.E., and Onapa, A.W., (2009a). Analysis of the 24-h microfilarial periodicity of Mansonella perstans. Parasitol. Res. 104, 945-948.
  10. Asio, S.M., Simonsen, P.E., and Onapa, A.W., (2008). Mansonella perstans infection and LF control. In: Lymphatic filariasis research and control in Eastern and Southern Africa (Eds: P.E. Simonsen, M.N. Malecela, E. Michael, C.D. Mackenzie), pp. 169-170. Copenhagen, Denmark: DBL-Centre for Health Research and Development.
  11. Asio, S.M., Simonsen Paul E., and Onapa Ambrose W.(2008). 15. P Studies on the Epidemiology and Control of Mansonella perstans Infections in Uganda. Pp 12. Copenhagen, Denmark: Faculty of Life Sciences.