Working address

Sokoine University of Agriculture,

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 


Department of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health,

 P. O. Box 3021, Morogoro, TANZANIA. 

Tel: +255 23 2604542, Mobile: +255 754 371 628; 

Fax: +255 23 2604746; 

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Academic qualifications 

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM): Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania

Masters of Veterinary Sciences (MVSc): The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark. Subject area: Molecular Epidemiology

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Norwegian School of Veterinary Sciences, Oslo, Norway (SUA, Morogoro), MVSc. (RVAU, Copenhagen) PhD (NVH, Oslo). Subject Area: Monitoring Pollution of Aquatic Environment using Fish (Clarias gariepinus) Biomarkers 

Current position Associate Professor in Aquatic Environmental Toxicology, and Fish Health and Risk Analysis, Sokoine University of Agriculture

Research areas of relevance for proposed project

  • Risk Assessment related to microbial and chemical food safety
  • Toxicology of water and fish contaminants (pesticides, heavy metals and endocrine disruptors) 
  • Molecular epidemiology of waterborne pathogens, and zoonoses including antimicrobial resistance
  • Fish diseases and associated health risks to consumers

Other background and expertise of relevance for proposed project

  • Involved in the development of more than 21 collaborative research projects funded by multinational development partners, also serving as an active researcher and principal investigator in eight (8) of them.
  • Served as Principal Investigator of fish related projects in lake Victoria entitled: (i) Increasing Employment Opportunities and Marketability of Fish and Fish Products in the Lake Victoria Basin through Reduction of Post-Harvest Losses, supported through the DANIDA Building Stronger Universities (BSU) programme; (ii) Enhancement of sustainable productivity of fish in the Lake Victoria through control of pollutants with emphasis on endocrine disruptors and microbial pathogens,  supported through Lake Victoria Research Initiatives (VicRes) under SIDA SAREC programme.  (iii). Capacity Building for Training and Research in Aquatic and Environmental Health in Eastern and Southern Africa (TRAHESA), supported through NORAD NORHED programme. 
  • Been instrumental in the design various demand-driven research programmes at the university including courses on research project development and management.
  • Supervised a total of 27 MSc and 16 PhD students; as well as over 48 special projects to undergraduate students.
  • Have capacity and experience to manage national and international collaborative research and capacity building projects 
  • Substantial experience with communication and dissemination of research results to key stakeholders (e.g. end-users) and written as well as electronic media.

List of Key selected publication: 

Prof. Robinson Mdegela, has published a total of 85 papers, 44 in peer-reviewed journals and 41 publications in proceedings. 

  1. Mdegela, R.H., Myburgh, J., Correia, D., Braathen, M., Ejobi, F., Botha, C., Sandvik, M. and Skaare, J.U (2006). Evaluation of Gill filament-based EROD assay in African sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus) as a monitoring tool for water-borne PAH-type contaminants. Ecotoxicology, 15: 51-59.
  2. Mdegela, R.H., Braathen, M., Correia, D., Mosha, R.D., Skaare, J.U. and Sandvik, M (2006). Influence of 17α-Ethynylestradiol on CYP1A, GST and Biliary FACs Responses in Male African Sharptooth Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) exposed to waterborne Benzo[a]Pyrene. Ecotoxicology: Ecotoxicology, 15: 629-637.
  3. Braathen, M., Mdegela, R.H., Correia, D., Rundberget, T., Myburgh, J., Botha, C., Skaare, J.U and Sandvik, M (2009). Vitellogenin in African Sharptooth Catfish (Clarias gariepinus): Purification, Characterization, and ELISA Development. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, 72: 173–183.
  4. Mdegela, R.H., Braathen, M., Pereka, A.E., Mosha, R.D., Sandvik, M and Skaare, J.U (2009). Heavy Metals and Organochlorine Residues in Water, Sediments and Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas in Tanzania. Water Air and Soil Pollution: 2003:369-379
  5. Mdegela, R.H., Braathen, M., Mosha, R.D., Skaare, J.U. and Sandvik, M (2010). Assessment of Pollution in Sewage Ponds Using Biomarker Responses in Wild African Sharptooth Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) in Tanzania. Ecotoxicology,19: 722 - 734.  
  6. Nonga, H.E., Morten, S., Miles, C.O., Lie, E, Mdegela, R.H., Mwamengele, G., Semguruka, W. and Skaare, J.U. (2011). Possible involvement of microcystins in the unexplained mass mortalities of Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor Geoffroy) at Lake Manyara in Tanzania.  Hydrobiologia, 678:167-178, DOI: 10.1007/s10750-011-0844-8.
  7. Mdegela, R.H., Omary, A.N., Mathew, C and Nonga, H (2011). Effect of Pond Management on Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites in Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) under Small Scale Fish Farming Systems in Morogoro, Tanzania. Livestock Research for Rural Development, 32: 6 
  8. Mathew, C., Mdegela, R H., Mwamengele, G L and Kassuku, A A (2011). Ectoparasite infections in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in fish ponds in Tanzania. Tanzania Veterinary Journal, 28: 
  9. Bakari, G.G., Max, R.A., Mdegela, R.H., Phiri, E.C.J., and Mtambo, M.M.A (2012). Antiviral activity of crude extracts from Commiphora swynnertonii against Newcastle disease virus in ovo. Tropical Animal Health and Production, DOI 10.1007/s11250-012-0076-6
  10. Mabiki F., Mdegela R.H, Mosha, R.D and Magadula J .J. (2013). Antiviral Activity of Crude Extracts Of Synadenium glaucescens  (Pax) Against Infectious Bursal Disease And Fowlpox Virus. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research (Accepted).
  11.  Mdegela, R.H., Mabiki, F., Msigala, S., Mwesongo, J., Mhina, M.P.,Waweru, K., Mbuthia, P., and Byarugaba, D.K (2013). Detection and Quantification of Oestrogenic Endocrine Disruptors in Water in Mwanza Gulf in Lake Victoria Basin, Tanzania. Huria, 16: 140 – 153.

 Date:  February 22, 2014