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Immaculate Tumwebaze

Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics
Justus Liebig University
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32 IFZ
D-35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99-35733
Fax: +49 (0) 641 99-35709


Fields of interest/focus of work

  • Malacology - Schistosoma intermediate hosts
  • Parasitology - waterborne diseases
  • Ecology - molecular biology, biogeography and systematics in the freshwater invertebrates
  • Climate change - natural resource conservation and management


Scientific career/academic background   

  • Since October 2017: Ph.D. student at Justus Liebig University, Giessen Germany
  • 2014-2017: Master of Science in Biology, Natural resource conservation and management, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara – Uganda
  • 2010 – 2013: Undergraduate course of Bachelor of Science with Education Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara – Uganda


Awards & scholarships

  • Research visit to London- Natural History Museum analytical facilities, collections and laboratories under the SYNTHESYS Program
  • PhD scholarship by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • Tropical Biology Association Field course offer: TBA 15/2, at the Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda
  • International Field school participation in Freshwater Ecology as the basis for sustainable ecosystem Management, Funded by Volkswagen Foundation



  • Research Partnership Workshop on Water Resources for Women Engineers and Researchers from the U.S. and Africa” Kigali, Rwanda (COACH program)
  • Abstract and Poster in international Symposium  – ‘Speciation in ancient lakes - SIAL 8’ at Lake Victoria, Entebbe-Uganda
  • 9th European Congress of Malacological Societies September 5th  - 9th 2021 – Prague, Online.



  • Patterns and processes of diversification in African pulmonate gastropods of zoonotic, biomedical and veterinary importance
  • Prevalence, diversity and genetic characterization of Schistosoma intermediate hosts and schistosomiasis risk in crater lakes in western Uganda
  • The efficacy of using Moringa oleifera seeds in reducing water bacteria contamination of two common water sources in Isingiro District.



  • Chibwana, F. D., Tumwebaze, I., Mahulu, A., Sands, A. F., & Albrecht, C. (2020). Assessing the diversity and distribution of potential intermediate hosts snails for urogenital schistosomiasis: Bulinus spp. (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) of Lake Victoria. Parasites & Vectors, 13(1), 1-18.
  • Tumwebaze, I., Clewing, C., Dusabe, M. C., Tumusiime, J., Kagoro-Rugunda, G., Hammoud, C., & Albrecht, C. (2019). Molecular identification of Bulinus spp. intermediate host snails of Schistosoma spp. in crater lakes of western Uganda with implications for the transmission of the Schistosoma haematobium group parasites. Parasites & Vectors, 12(1), 1-23.
  • Mahulu, A., Clewing, C., Stelbrink, B., Chibwana, F. D., Tumwebaze, I., Stothard, J. R., & Albrecht, C. (2019). Cryptic intermediate snail host of the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica in Africa. Parasites & Vectors, 12(1), 1-11.