Key Research Investigators


Professor Victor Mwapasa



Prof Mwapasa is a public health expert, research scientist and professor at the University of Malawi, College of Medicine (CoM). He has previously served in many senior positions at CoM including Associate Director of the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, Director of the Research Support Centre, Head of Department of Public Health, Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research and Chairperson of the CoM Research and Ethics Committee. Currently, he leads the delivery of courses in HIV, Research Methodology, Public Health and Implementation Science and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students. His research focuses on the epidemiology of malaria and HIV, including testing the efficacy and effectiveness of novel diagnostic tests and interventions and evaluating public health implementation strategies for these diseases and associated co-morbidities. He has expertise in health research capacity development in resource-limited settings and currently leads research capacity development initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA) and Wellcome Trust (UK). He serves in various national and international policy-making and strategic committees such as Malawi Pharmacy and Medicine Board, Malawi National AIDS Commission HIV Research and Surveillance Technical Working Committee and the Medical Research Council-UK, Global Health Group.  His participation in these committees facilitates the identification of research gaps and translation of research findings into public policies and strategies.

Professor Mwapasa has over 15 years experience in research focused on assessing the efficacy and safety of antimalarial and antiretroviral drugs.  He has, also, conducted community-based studies to identify strategies for promoting the utilization of health services and access and adherence to antimalarial and antiretroviral therapy. From 2012 to 2016, he led the implementation of a WHO-funded cluster-randomized trial assessing the effectiveness of integrated clinics and the use of electronic message (SMS) reminders in improving retention of HIV-positive mothers and their infants in HIV care. He also served as the PI of Pharmaceutical Industry-sponsored clinical trials which demonstrated the efficacy and efficacy of a novel antimalarial drug (arterolane maleate/Piperaquine phosphate) in treating uncomplicated malaria in adults and children. He has led a multi-centre clinical trial, funded by the EDCTP, investigating the efficacy and safety of ACTs in people treated with antiretroviral drugs.

As a Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health, he is committed to developing research skills of emerging African scientists. He has acquired substantial experience in academic and research capacity building having led or coordinated institutional strengthening grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA), Wellcome Trust (UK) and European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships.  As an academic, he runs various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, including HIV and malaria, Research Methodology, Public Health and Maternal and Child Health. He also has acquired vast experience setting up and running epidemiological studies in Malawi and training students at the CoM in conceptualizing research questions and implementing research projects.



Professor Adamson Muula



Adamson Muula is currently Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology. He earned a medical degree from the University of Malawi (after studying at the Flinders University of South Australia and University of Malawi), a Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University (California) and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prof Muula conducts health services research, adolescent sexual and reproductive health research and key populations (HIV) research).



Professor William Stones



Professor William Stones holds a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Malawi College of Medicine. He trained in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the UK and undertook clinical practice and reproductive health research via the University of Southampton. He was at the University of St Andrews, UK from 2013 to 2016. Before this he chaired the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Aga Khan University, Nairobi, where he established a new MMed programme for specialist training as well as undertaking research in maternal health. He has lived and worked for more than 12 years in Sub Saharan Africa, including Kenya and Malawi.

William Stones has served as a member and chair of the Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health Committee of FIGO, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He leads a multidisciplinary group focusing on implementation research in low-income countries, and has supervised 6 PhD students to completion. William Stones been involved in adolescent, reproductive and maternal health research for over 20 years, and has extensive knowledge of research and implementation issues.

BSc, MA, PhD.

Dr Effie Chipeta

BSc. MA. PhD

Effie Chipeta is the Scientific Operations Manager for the Centre for Reproductive Health. Effie is a graduate Health Sociologist and professional Nurse/Midwife, and holds a Ph.D. from The University of Malawi in sociology. Her doctoral research focused on the use of modern contraceptive methods in rural Malawi. Effie has worked in the health sector since for over 34 years, and has vast experience working in the area of maternal health, sexual and reproductive health. She is a seasoned researcher and has worked in various research projects since 1997. Her area of research expertise is qualitative research and is also a trainer in use of qualitative software, Nvivo. Effie has good experience in providing research leadership and has primarily coordinated operational research projects and worked closely with key SRHR stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health-Reproductive Health Directorate, donor and development partners, local government assemblies and project beneficiaries at the community level.

Effie also participates in teaching Reproductive Health Modules at postgraduate level, functions as an academic supervisor for student research projects in Reproductive Health and is a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals. She is also a member of the Safe Motherhood technical working group in the Ministry of Health and has previously participated in the development of a sexual and reproductive health and Rights Training Manuals, national SRHR and HIV/AIDS Integration strategy and national SRHR advocacy strategy.


Dr Chisale Mhango


Dr Chisale Mhango, a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology [UK], is Senior Lecturer at the College of Medicine in Blantyre. He had his post graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Free Hospital in London, obtaining his MRCOG in 1981. He has worked at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia 1979/1980 and is public health oriented in his professional career. Between 1984 and 1995 he worked for the African Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) starting off as Team Leader of the UNFPA sponsored Country Support Team based in Harare. Has taught at the Mauritius Institute of Health, and later as Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health in Uganda. After a brief period as Senior Lecturer at the College of Medicine in Blantyre, he was rehired by UNFPA and posted at the African Union in Addis Ababa where he developed the Continental Policy Framework for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right in 2005 and the Maputo Plan of Action in 2006. Dr Mhango has this year helped the African Union to update the Maputo Plan of Action for the period 2015-2030.

Dr. Mhango served as Director of the Reproductive Health Services in the Ministry of Health, in Malawi.  Dr Mhango is a member of World Health Organization’s Regional Advisory Panel (RAP) that reviews research grant applications from the African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions of WHO; a member of African Union High Level Committee on Maternal and Child Health to promote the development of maternal and Child Health on the African continent; and Board Member of the Malawi Medical Council. His research interests are on studies that lead to policy changes for the improvement of maternal health. He was the Principal Investigator on the reduction of infection in women who experience miscarriages, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham.



Associate Professor Fanuel Lampiao



Fanuel Lampiao is an Academic and Associate Professor of Medical Physiology at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. He is currently the Dean of Students. In total he has more than 10 years of research and teaching experience at university level. His research has culminated in the authorship of more than 25 scientific manuscripts, 4 book chapters and 1 book, as well as 41 international and national conference presentations. Besides his contribution to the dissemination of research findings, he has successfully supervised various postgraduate students, acted as examiner and moderator to a number of national and international universities, serves on the editorial board of leading publications and regularly performs reviews for international funding agencies and journals.

He is a reproductive physiologist and his current research interests are on reactive oxygen species measurement in human spermatozoa and how they affect fertilizing capability; effect of insulin, leptin and cytokines on human sperm function and the pathways involved; the influence of herbal extracts on reproductive function and the development of a reversible oral herbal male contraception.


Dr. Gertrude Kalanda-Chapotera



Dr Gertrude Kalanda Chapotera is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Public Health Department at the university of Malawi College of Medicine (COM). She has vast work experience in public and donor partner institutions. Dr. Chapotera’s research interests are in adolescent health, infectious disease epidemiology with a focus on pre-pregnancy and antenatal interventions and in vaccine preventable diseases. She led on a EDCTP-funded grant to develop a clinical trial management and support infrastructure at the Research Support Centre of COM 2009 to 2012. Through this grant, she established the Clinical Trials Unit of the Research Support Centre at COM, with responsibilities in training, clinical trial monitoring and research support to faculty. She continues to facilitate research training courses. She has expertise in the conduct of clinical trials.

She is co-investigator on a clinical trial assessing safety and efficacy of artemisinin-based combination treatments for African pregnant women with malaria (PREGACT); and another clinical trial assessing dose justification and tolerability (ADJusT) of antimalarial drugs in young children. She is also collaborating a global early adolescent study (GEAS), which aims to explore gender norms and healthy sexuality among early adolescents of 11-13 years in disadvantaged urban settings. She has extensive public health through working in the Ministry of Health as well as World Health Organization.

She also has a passion for evidence-based health care and a member of a collaboration for evidence-based healthcare and public health in Africa (CEBHA+). She is a fellow on a leadership development programme supported by the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium for building African research leaders.

Improved Reproductive Health(RH) service provision and utilization

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