© 2015 Sarah E. Rich

John Leslie Odda

RISE Degree(s) 

PhD in Natural Products- Phyto Pharmacology from Makerere University

RISE Network(s) 
Problem Based Learning (PBL) System Tutor for Medical Students at Makerere University College of Health Sciences
Principal Investigator on the Project: “Standardization of Crude Drugs Derived from Anti-Malarial Medicinal Plants in Tororo District in Eastern Uganda: An Innovation for Value Addition,” Uganda National Council for Science and Technology

Coordinator and Chair of MSc Experimental Pharmacology and Laboratory Committee at the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University


Interested in natural products research and phytopharmacology with a bias for researching anti-malarial activities of promising herbs/herbal products and working to conserve scientifically proven natural products with medicinal uses.

Passionate about community education and the standardization of methods for processing medicinal plants.

Evaluation of process procedures of selected medicinal plants used for treating Malaria fevers in Tororo District, Uganda

Special Accomplishments 

ALNAP Exchange Visitor to the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Addis Ababa University through IPICS Sweden

Selected Publications 

Aliero AA, Ntulume I, Odda J, Okech MA. 2017. Production of novel antifungal compounds from actinomycetes isolated from waste dump soil in Western Uganda. African J. Microbiol. Res. 11(30):1200–1210

Odda J, Obua C, Kisaka S, Lubega A, Waako P, Kabasa JD. 2016. In vivo antimalaria activity of the aqueous ethanolic extract of Phyllanthus amarus Schum. and Thonn (Euphorbiaceae) from Uganda. Int. J. Pharm.

Bbosa GS, Kyegombe DB, Anokbonggo WW, Ogwal-Okeng J, Musoke D, Odda J, Lubega A, Ntale M. 2014. Chronic ethanol use in alcoholic beverages by HIV-infected patients affects the therapeutic window of stavudine, lamivudine and nevirapine during the 9-month follow-up period: Using chronic alcohol-use biomarkers. J. Basic Clin. Physiol. Pharmacol. 1-12

Bbosa GS, Mwebaza N, Odda J, Kyegombe DB, Ntale M. 2014. Antibiotics/antibacterial drug use, their marketing and promotion during the post-antibiotic golden age and their role in emergence of bacterial resistance. Health 6(5): 410-425

Bbosa GS, Kitya D, Odda J, Ogwal-Okeng J. 2013. Aflatoxins metabolism, effects on epigenetic mechanisms and their role in carcinogenesis. Health 5(10A): 14-34

Odda J, Waako P, Kisaka S, Tabuti J, Okello S, Kabasa JD, Obua C. 2013. Seasonal effect of plumbagin concentration in plumbago zylenica L roots during floral development of the Ugandan medicinal herb. Online Int. J. Med. Plants Res. 2(1): 10-17

Bbosa, GS, Kyegombe DB, Anokbonggo WW, Ntale M, Musoke D, Odda J, Lubega A, Ogwal-Okeng J. 2013. Chronic alcohol use affects therapeutic steady state plasma drug concentrations of stavudine, lamivudine and nevirapine in HIV-infected patients during 9 months follow up period: WHO AUDIT tool application. Int. J. Basic Clin. Pharmacol. 2(5): 507-516

Odda J, Waako P, Kisaka S, Okello S, Kabasa JD, Obua C. 2013. Local Indigenous Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices in Processing Antimalarial Herbs: An Assessment Based on WHO Requirements. Open Science Repository Anthropology, (open-access), e70081989

Odda J, Kristensen S, Kabasa JD, Waako P. 2008. Larvicidal activity of Combretum collinum Fresen against Aedes aegypti. J. Vector Borne Dis. 45(4): 321-324

Email Address(es) 
RISE Degree(s) Completed 
January 2015