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HIT Journal of Biotechnology


An International Peer Reviewed Journal of Biotechnology

About the Journal

The Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) Journal of Biotechnology is a bi-annual, print, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high quality original research papers, short communications, case studies and review articles on biotechnology and related issues. The journal focuses on all aspects of traditional and modern biotechnology with the objective of contributing to solutions which address global challenges.


Subject Coverage

The HIT Journal of Biotechnology is dedicated to publishing high quality manuscripts that exhibit scientific excellence, significance and innovation. It covers the following areas of Biotechnology:

  1. Medical
  2. Marine
  3. Industrial
  4. Agricultural
  5. Environmental
  6. Commercialisation and marketing of Biotechnology derived products and services
  7. Innovation in Biotechnology


Editorial Board

Prof M.B GundidzaProf M.B Gundidza

Mazuru Gundidza is a professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Biochemistry, Natural Medicine and Microbiology, at the Harare Institute of Technology. He currently serves as Chairman of the Pharmacy department.  His work includes lecturing Pharmacognosy, training traditional healers, as well as manufacturing efficacious, safe and stable medicinal plant medicines.

Professor Gundidza attained a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Bio Chemistry (Joint Honours) and achieved a first class degree class, summa cum laude from Salford University in the United Kingdom, (1977). In recognition of this academic distinction, Professor Gundidza proceeded to embark on a PhD, graduating with a PhD in Pharmacy from Nottingham University in 1980. Later on in 1987, Professor Gundidza embarked on an MSc in Pharmacology (Plant Medicines) with Strathcyclide University, United Kingdom in 1987.

With a career spanning close to forty years, Prof. Gundidza began his professional journey in 1981 at the University of Zimbabwe. He served as professor, - teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in Natural Medicinal Products, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

In 2005, Professor Gundidza was appointed Adjunct Professor: Agro Processing and Research at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. His portfolio included research and curriculum development for Traditional Healers Associations in South Africa, and the promotion of indigenous knowledge systems.

From 2006 to 2008, Professor Gundidza had a brief stint at Pristine Technology Creations in South Africa, where he delved into the management and manufacturing of cosmetics, perfumes, household and industrial detergents. He also provided consultancy services in agro –processing and training; and worked on the research and development of HIV and AIDS treatment regimens.

Professor Gundidza also worked with the department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, At Wits University, Prof. Gundidza introduced short courses in herbal medicine (traditional medicine), - teaching pharmacology to Pharmacy and dentistry students; facilitating the graduate entry medical programme for medical students; supervising student projects on preparation of monographs of medicinal plants; research in medicinal plant products and supervision of post graduate students.

Throughout his illustrious career, Professor Gundidza has supervised students in the broad areas of his field, at honours, masters and doctoral level at the University of South Africa, Wits University, and University of Fort Hare. He has also served as an External Examiner at the University of South Africa for its PhD programme.

Professor Gundidza has received training in various areas pertaining to his field of study from internationally recognized institutions such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, (UK), the Institute of Biochemistry German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, Purdue University-United States, and University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

He is a member of several professional associations and societies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry (full member), Natural Products Research Association for Zimbabwe, (NAPRAZ), Natural Products Research Network of East and Central Africa, (NAPRECA), Gessellschaft fur Arzneifplanzen Forschung, Society of Drug Research, Phytochemical Society of Europe Aqualculture Association of South Africa, (AASA), Animal Feed Manufacturers Association, among others.

Professor Gundidza has published extensively, with close to 60 articles in refereed journals, and has presented over 40 research papers throughout his career. He has also attended numerous conferences/symposia by invitation. He is currently working on four books on natural medicinal products, toxic plants of Zimbabwe, economically useful plants of Zimbabwe, and Africa at Standstill.

He has also featured on several television and radio presentations on the national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, on issues of medicinal plants of Zimbabwe, natural resources, and also on the Zambian Broadcasting Corporation.

His lifetime achievements include the establishment of an essential oil industry in Zimbabwe, the export of tea tree oil, which has made Zimbabwe the largest exporter of tea tree oil in Africa. He   has also led in training Zimbabweans and other nationals from SADC countries on the propagation, processing and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plant products. He has also established herbal clinics in Zimbabwe, been involved in the transfer of technology in agribusiness for rural Zimbabweans through, for example the preparation of  soaps using  local plant extract (Jatropha curcas oil and Ricinus comunis Oil), as well as the preparation of jams, syrups using local fruit. Professor Gundidza has also played a lead role in the establishment of courses in natural medicine in the department of pharmacy at the University of Zimbabwe, establishment of the phytopharmaceutical industry in Zimbabwe, and patented a very potent anti-fungal drug from Swartzia madascariensis. The drug is already patented and under clinical studies in the United States. He also initiated the institution of short courses for traditional healers at the school of therapeutic sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Wits University.




Prof L. Tichagwa

Professor L Tichagwa

Professor Lilian Tichagwa is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Polymer Technology & Engineering, - teaching Polymer Chemistry, Technology & Engineering courses at the Harare Institute of Technology in Harare, Zimbabwe. She has also taught Organic and Polymer Chemistry at the University of Zimbabwe for 13 years, and at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) in South Africa for 8 years where she supervised and graduated several Honours, Masters and PhD students. Additionally, she has been an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry for UFH.

Professor Tichagwa holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Chemical and Polymer Technology from London South Bank University, UK; an MSc in Chemistry (cum laude) from the University of Waterloo in Canada and a PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. After her PhD studies, Professor Tichagwa joined the University of Stellenbosch as a Researcher on a joint University/Mondi Paper Company research project on polymeric nanocomposite materials for the paper industry before continuing her teaching and research career.

Professor Lilian Tichagwa has extensive working experience in the polymer industry and worked for both Associated Lead Manufacturers (Middlesex UK) and British Gas Corporation (Fulham, UK) as a research assistant on different projects, before embarking on her academic career. As an academic, Professor Tichagwa is a seasoned publisher with over thirty articles published in international refereed Journals. Professor Tichagwa is a reviewer of some National Research Foundation (South Africa) research projects in Applied Chemistry and Nanotechnology. She has also been a reviewer of research projects for the Water Research Commission (South Africa), as well as journals. Her research interests lie in different areas that include photocatalytic activity of semiconductors, synthesis and modification of polymeric membranes for water and air purification, biopolymers, development of adsorbents for the removal of pollutants and development of polymeric nanofibre matrixes for the immobilization of photocatalysts for the degradation of organic pollutants in water.




Amos MusengiDr A Musengi

Dr Amos Musengi is currently Chairman of the Biotechnology department at the Harare Institute of Technology.

His area of expertise includes:

          • Successful amplification of enzyme (peroxidase) production in a native Streptococcus sp strain and use of the enzyme to bio catalytically couple phenolic monomer pairs.
          • DNA-handling and manipulation skills. Successfully designed primers (DNAMAN © software), and used them to selectively amplify the replicase gene core of the African Cassava Mosaic Virus (ACMV) in an empirically-designed Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) experiment.
          • Tissue culture and microbiology skills. Successfully regenerated Line 11 cassava variety (Zimbabwean cultivar) to cotyledons from leaf lobe stage. 

His career began in 2005, as a Teaching Assistant/Staff Development Fellow at the University of Zimbabwe. He was subsequently appointed Junior Lecturer from 2007 to 2010 at the Harare Institute of Technology. In that same year, he enrolled with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology as a Staff Development Fellow, undertaking a doctoral programme in biomedical technology; graduating with a PhD in Biomedical Technology in 2014.

From January 2014 he became a Lecturer at the Harare Institute of Technology’s Biotechnology department, and in 2016 was appointed Acting Chairman of the Biotechnology department, with a substantive appointment as Chairman in 2017.

Dr Musengi holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Applied Biology and Biochemistry from the National University of Science and Technology, (2003), a Bachelor of Science (Special Honours) in Food Science from the University of Zimbabwe, a Master of Science in Biotechnology from the University of Zimbabwe, (2007), and a PhD in Biomedical Technology from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, (2014).

Professionally, he is affiliated to the South African Society for Microbiology, (SASM), and the South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, (SASBMB).

Dr Musengi has published in peer reviewed publications and has presented research papers at various conferences and symposia within the region and globally.


Eng. P MuredziEng. P Muredzi

Eng. Perkins Muredzi is currently the Executive Dean of the School of Industrial Sciences and Technology and School of Engineering and Technology at the Harare Institute of Technology, Harare, Zimbabwe; a registered member of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers (ZIE) and a 2015 Global CIMA Award winner in "Education Leadership" conferred at the 2015 World Education Congress, Mumbai, India. Eng. Muredzi registered a patent titled "Preparation of Adansonia digitata flavoured Soy milk based yoghurt" with ARIPO in 2014, becoming the first IP registration made by the Harare Institute of Technology.

He graduated with a BSc and MSc in Food Processing Engineering from Krasnodar Institute in the Russian Federation in 1991, and obtained a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property from Africa University in 2009.

Eng Muredzi teaches Food Engineering in undergraduate, certificate and diploma programmes and also teaches Intellectual Property in the Master of Intellectual Property degree programme being run jointly by Africa University, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the African Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO).  He has published 8 books, his first published by CBH publishers (USA) entitled "Emerging Non-Thermal Food Processing Technologies," and two of which are text books for "A" Level Food Science, and a text book for postgraduate students studying Food Science and Technology.

He is a member of ZEC (Zimbabwe Energy Council) IUFost, EFFoST, IFT (USA) and sits in various national bodies such as the Research Council of Zimbabwe Grants Committee, Symposium Organising Committee, the Harare Polytechnic B Tech Programme Board of Studies, NAMACO Sectorial Committee on Food Processing, the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE), Research and Intellectual Outputs- Science, Engineering and Technology Week, (RIO-SET) organising committee, Vice Chairman - Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Development Trust (ZIPDT) and various SAZ standards development technical committees, among others.

He has been the Chairman of the HIT Research Board. Eng Muredzi sits on editorial boards for 3 international journals: Journal of Biological, Pharmaceutical and Chemical  research, Journal of Leadership and Management Studies; Department of Management & Project Management; Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the International Journal of Science, Technology and Society.




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Call for Papers

We invite you to submit your article for publication in HIT Journal of Biotechnology and contribute to the impact factor of this significant emerging journal which seeks to unify scientists across the globe and provide a platform to serve the global community with innovative and appropriate Biotechnology based solutions. Articles are invited for publication in our first issue in September 2018. For author instructions, editorial policies, publication ethics and HIT Copyright Form please visit the HIT website at www.hit.ac.zw. Manuscripts shall be submitted to the editorial office at biotech@hit.ac.zw with a copy to pdhliway@yahoo.com


Important Dates

Prospective authors please take not of the following important dates;
Deadline for submission of manuscripts for the first issue: 27 July, 2018
Notification to authors: 31 August, 2018
Journal publication: 28 September, 2018


Invitation for Editors and Reviewers

We are seeking high profile, qualified, competent and dedicated professionals to join our editorial team as editors and reviewers for our journal. You may submit your current curriculum vitae to biotech@hit.ac.zw and copy pdhliway@yahoo.com. Visit our website www.hit.ac.zw for more details.
We are looking forward to your submission.


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