© 2015 Sarah E. Rich

Benjamin Kumwenda

RISE Degree 

PhD in Bioinformatics from University of Pretoria

RISE Network(s) 
Current Position 

Lecturer, University of Malawi, College of Medicine

Previously: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme


Cornick JE, Bishop ÖT, Yalcin F, Kiran AM, Kumwenda B, et al. 2017. The global distribution and diversity of protein vaccine candidate antigens in the highly virulent Streptococcus pnuemoniae serotype 1. Vaccine 35(6):972–980

Kumwenda B, Litthauer D, Bishop OT, Reva O. "The role of genome rearrangements on adaptation of Thermus species in extreme temperature environments." BMC Genomics. 2014.

Kumwenda B, Jimmy-Gama D, Manyonga V, Semu-Kamwendo N, Nindi-Mtotha B, and Chirwa M. "Factors affecting data quality in the Malawian Health Management Information System." IASTED Conference Proceedings: Environment and Water Resource Management / 813: Modelling and Simulation / 814: Power and Energy Systems / 815: Health Informatics (AfricaEWRM 2014). September 1-3, 2014, Gaborone, Botswana.

Kumwenda B, Litthauer D, Reva O. 2014. Analysis of genomic rearrangements, horizontal gene transfer and role of plasmids in the evolution of industrial important Thermus species. BMC Genomics 15(1):813

Kumwenda B, Royan D, Ringsell P, Dowell J. 2014. Western medical students’ experiences on clinical electives in sub‐Saharan Africa. Med. Educ. 48(6):593–603

Kumwenda B, Litthauer D, Bishop ÖT, Reva O. 2013. Analysis of protein thermostability enhancing factors in industrially important Thermus bacteria species. Evol. Bioinforma. 9:327

Kumwenda B, Dowell J, Husbands A. 2013. Is embellishing UCAS personal statements accepted practice in applications to medicine and dentistry? Med. Teach. 35(7):599–603

Dowell J, Lynch B, Till H, Kumwenda B, Husbands A. "The multiple mini-interview in the U.K. context: 3 years of experience at Dundee." Medical Teacher. 2012;34(4):297-304. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2012.652706.

Gounder K, Brzuszkiewicz E, Liesegang H, Wollherr A, Daniel R, Gottschalk G, Reva O, Kumwenda B, Srivastava M, Bricio C, Berenguer J, van Heerden E, Litthauer D. "Sequence of the hyperplastic genome of the naturally competent Thermus scotoductus SA-01." BMC Genomics. 2011 Nov 24;12:577. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-12-577.

Dowell J, Lumsden MA, Powis D, Munro D, Bore M, Makubate B, Kumwenda B. "Predictive validity of the personal qualities assessment for selection of medical students in Scotland." Medical Teacher. 2011;33(9):e485-8. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2011.599448.

Rauchas S, Sanders I, Kumwenda B. 2006. The effect of prior programming experience in a scheme-based breadth-first curriculum at Wits. ACM 38(3):326

Completed Degree 
April 2014