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Alice Nabatanzi

RISE Degree 

MSc in Natural Products Technology from Makerere University (2014)

PhD in Natural Products (Botany) from Makerere University

RISE Network(s) 
Current Position 

Lecturer in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security, Makerere University


Dr. Nabatanzi's doctoral research focused on determining the phytochemical, nutraceutical and nutritive value of selected wild edible plants constituting the diets of pregnant women in Buikwe District, Uganda.

Her master's research focused on malnutrition in children five years and younger and the capacity for wild food plants (WFPs) to fight malnutrition.

Research subtopics:

  • the wild food plants (WFPs) consumed by the people of Najjembe sub-county
  • the nutritive composition of the five prioritized WFPs
  • the effects of processing and handling methods on nutrients in the prioritized WFPs
  • the general phytochemical and safety profiles of the prioritized WFPs
  • the bioavailability of the nutrients in the analysed WFPs

Dr. Nabatanzi is particularly interested in malnutrition in children under five years of age because it is a serious problem in Uganda, and in the world at large.

According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey Report, the major micronutrient deficiencies suffered by children under five are vitamin A and iron. Since UNICEF has tried to curb down vitamin A deficiency by providing vitamin A supplements to young children, Dr. Nabatanzi has focused on iron deficiency.

Completed Degree 
February 2017