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Davison Sangweme, Ph.D.

Davison Sangweme
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 678-717-3802

Office: Science, Engineering, Tech, 167, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Virology, Cell Biology, Parasitology, Biomedical Sciences

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 2500- Microbiology For Allied Health Professions
  • BIOL 3240K- Cell Biology


  • Ph.D., Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2008
  • Master, Biotechnology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2000
  • B. Tech., Applied Biology and Biochemistry, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, 1993

Research/Special Interests

For me teaching is not just a job. It is a vocation and a calling. Teaching is my way of life. There is no better reward than seeing my students and former students excel in their professions and endeavors. That gives me such a sense of pride and achievement. It is a great honor that humbles me time and again. I am passionate about guiding students into finding study methods that enable them to understand concepts in the best possible way. I like to teach the biological sciences as a foundation for students wishing to pursue further studies in medical sciences, research and industry. I would also like to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and link them up with industries of their choice. I would also like to develop students’ interest in asking scientific questions and developing testable hypotheses to address the queries.

My current research interests include microbial evaluation of the sanitary quality of fresh farm produce on local markets and an assessment of cost effective methods that consumers can use to prevent the outbreak of foodborne diseases. I’m currently involved in a pilot project to evaluate the efficacy and possibly effectiveness of alcohol-based and non-alcohol-based mouth washes against normal buccal cavity microbiota.

My other research interests include use of mouse models to study malaria helminth infections. This part of my research has been on hold as my current work place does not have an animal room and other animal handling facilities. I’m particularly interested in the impact of co-infections on disease prognosis and outcome as a way of gaining insights into what may happen in human malaria and worm infections. I am currently seeking collaborations in this area.


  1. Midzi N, Sangweme D, Zinyowera S, Mapingure MP, Brouwer KC, Kumar N, Mutapi F, Woelk G, Mduluza T. Efficacy and side effects of praziquantel treatment against Schistosoma haematobium infection among primary school children in Zimbabwe. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2008 Aug; 102(8):759-66.
  2. Midzi N, Sangweme D, Zinyowera S, Mapingure MP, Brouwer KC, Munatsi A, Mutapi F, Mudzori J, Kumar N, Woelk G, Mduluza T. The burden of polyparasitism among primary schoolchildren in rural and farming areas in Zimbabwe. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2008 Oct; 102(10):1039-45.
  3. Davison Sangweme, Clive Shiff, Nirbhay Kumar Plasmodium yoelii: adverse outcome of non-lethal P. yoelii malaria during co-infection with Schistosoma mansoni in BALB/c mouse model. Experimental Parasitology (July 2009) Volume: 122, Issue: 3, Publisher: Elsevier Inc., Pages: 254-259 PubMed: 19366621
  1. Midzi N, Mtapuri-Zinyowera S, Mapingure MP, Sangweme D, Chirehwa MT, Brouwer KC, Mudzori J, Hlerema G, Mutapi F, Kumar N, Mduluza T. Consequences of polyparasitism on anaemia among primary school children in Zimbabwe. Acta Trop. 2010 Jul-Aug; 115(1-2):103-11.
  2. Midzi N, Mtapuri-Zinyowera S, Mapingure MP, Paul NH, Sangweme D, Hlerema G, Mutsaka MJ, Tongogara F, Makware G, Chadukura V, Brouwer KC, Mutapi F, Kumar N, Mduluza T. Knowledge attitudes and practices of grade three primary schoolchildren in relation to schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminthiasis and malaria in Zimbabwe. BMC Infect Dis. June 2011; 11:169.
  3. Sangweme DT, Midzi N, Zinyowera-Mutapuri S, Mduluza T, Diener-West M, et al. (2010) Impact of Schistosome Infection on Plasmodium falciparum Malariometric Indices and Immune Correlates in School Age Children in Burma Valley, Zimbabwe. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 4(11): e882. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000882 (Nov 2010)
  4. Midzi N, Mtapuri-Zinyowera S, Sangweme D, Paul NH, Makware G, Mapingure MP, Brouwer KC, Mudzori J, Hlerema G, Chadukura V, Mutapi F, Kumar N, Mduluza T. Efficacy of integrated school based de-worming and prompt malaria treatment on helminths -Plasmodium falciparum co-infections: A 33 months follow up study. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2011; 11:9.
  5. Kumar S, Zheng H, Sangweme DT, Mahajan B, Kozakai Y, Pham PT, Morin MJ, Locke E, Kumar N. A chemiluminescent-western blot assay for quantitative detection of Plasmodium falciparum circumsporozoite protein. J Immunol Methods. 2013 Apr 30; 390(1-2):99-105. doi: 10.1016/j.jim.2013.02.001. Epub 2013 Feb 8.

Work Experience

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, At Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in collaboration with Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the Food and Drug Administration, May 2008 to January 2010.
  • Adjunct Professor, Biology Department, Morgan State University, January 2010-August 2011
  • Lecturer, Biology Department, Penn State University, The Behrend College, August 2011-June 2014

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