Dr Ritah Nakayinga


Email: nakayingar@gmail.com   rnakayinga@kyu.ac.ug

LinkedIn: ttps://ug.linkedin.com/in/ritah-nakayinga-16b24824

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=onAM4hUAAAAJ&hl=en

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1136-0971


Dr. Ritah Nakayinga is a lecturer in the Department of Biological Science, Faculty of Science, Kyambogo University. She earned her PhD in Microbiology from Rhodes University, South Africa. Her research focuses on bacteriophages and plant extracts, with a specific emphasis on their practical applications for managing agricultural crop diseases. She aims to develop biocontrol products for crop protection. Dr. Nakayinga has authored and co-authored research articles, making valuable contributions to the field of Xanthomonas biocontrol. Her work has been widely recognized across diverse platforms.

As a lecturer, she teaches and supervises student research across a spectrum of subjects within microbiology and biology. Beyond her instructional role, she ardently engages in administrative undertakings both at the department and faculty levels, alongside her active involvement in community outreach initiatives. She is the coordinator for the MPH program since 2021, a role she continues to uphold with dedication.

Area of speciality

Research interests fall within the broad field of plant disease biocontrol using bacteriophages and plant extracts for the management of important crop diseases.

Research Interests

Development of bacteriophage and natural product technologies for the biocontrol of crop diseases.

Current Projects

1.Principle investigator for the project “Characterization of broad soil phage lytic against Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum. Funded by International Foundation of Science (2023-2024)

2.Principle investigator for the project “Development of bacteriophage cocktails for the management of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt”, (2020-2022). Funded by OWSD Secretariat at UNESCO and IDRC (International Development Research Centre);


 Google Scholar


  1. Michodigni, N., Nakayinga, R., Makumi, A., Kimani, J., Mutai, I., Dapuliga, C., Getachew, B., Agbankpè, J., Nakavuma, J., Nyachieo, A., Nnaemeka, E. (2022). The Africa Phage Forum: A New Collaborative Network for Bacteriophage Research in Africa. Preprint. doi: 10.20944/preprints202201.0345.v1
  2. Nakayinga, R; Makumi, A; Tumuhaise, V; Tinzaara, W. (2021). Xanthomonas bacteriophages: a review of their biology and biocontrol applications in agriculture. BMC Microbiology; Vol. 21, 1-20. DOI:10.1186/s12866-021-02351-7.

3..Nakayinga, R. (2019). Computational characterization of providence virus non-structural proteins: Evolutionary and functional implications. Journal of Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis, 10(2), 15-31.

  1. Tusuubira SK, Nakayinga, R, Mwambi B, Odda J, Kiconco S, Komuhangi A. (2018). Knowledge, perception and practices towards Sickle Cell Disease: a community survey among adults in Lubaga division, Kampala Uganda (. BMC Public Health. 561.
  2. Short, J.R., Nakayinga, R., Hughes, E. G., Walter, C.T. and Dorrington, R. A. (2013). Providence virus (Family: Caromotetraviridae) replicates vRNA in association with the Golgi apparatus and secretory vesicles. J. Gen. Virol. 1073-8.
  3. Walter, CT, Pringle, FM, Nakayinga, R, de Felipe, P, Ryan, MD, Ball, LA and RA Dorrington* (2010). Genome organization and translation products of Providence virus: insight into a unique tetravirus. J. Gen. Virol.  2826-35.

7.Kangume, S., Kiiza, H., Julius, T., Mivule, K., Eyapu, C., Nakayinga, R. (2020). Prevalence of syphilis and knowledge perception in pregnant women attending antenatal clinic at Kyegegwa Health Centre IV (2020). IOSR-JDMS. 15-18. DOI: 10.9790/0853-1902061518