Profile picture of: Godwin Anywar Upoki


Makerere University

Plant Sciences, Microbiology & Biotechnology

School of Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences, Makerere University, P. O Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda

Research Interests

Ethnopharmacology, Ethnobotany, Botany, Microbiology, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology


Topics to speak on:

Medicinal Plants, Herbal Medicines, Poisonous Plants, research, publishing, Scientific writing

Words of Wisdom

“Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,” Thomas Edison


Dr. Anywar Godwin is a researcher, academician and entrepreneur and author. He completed his doctorate from the prestigious Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy & Immunology in Leipzig, Germany, the Institute for Virology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leipzig and Makerere University, Kampala on a split site model, where he investigated the anti-HIV-1, immunomodulatory activity and cytotoxicity of medicinal plants used by herbalists for treating people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. He currently lectures at the Department of Plant Sciences, Microbiology & Biotechnology at Makerere University. He is Global Young Academy (GYA) fellow, 2023-2028, a Fellow of the Uganda Academy of Sciences (FUNAS).  He also doubles as the vice president of the Uganda Textbook Academic & Non-Fiction Writers Association (UTANA), and the vice president Natural Products Network for Eastern & Central Africa (NAPRECA) Uganda Chapter. He serves as the reviews editor, for the journal frontiers in Pharmacology – Ethnopharmacology and reviewer for over 30 international peer reviewed journals. His research interests are in the field of natural product development, pharmacognosy, ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology. He is passionate about research and has over 65 publications to his name including research papers, book chapters and books. Dr. Anywar is a member of several professional bodies and such as the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research, the International Society for Ethnopharmacology, American Society of Pharmacognosy, the African Network of Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research


Young Investigator Fellowship (including travel grant) for the 19th International Congress of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology held from June 12-14 2019 at the Technische Universität in Dresden, Germany,

Developing Nations member travel awards to the Society of Economic Botany (SEB) conference in Cincinnati, USA – June 2-6, 2019.

Travel award to attend and present a special lecture and paper at the 31st International Congress of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology on May 28-31, 2022 at the China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

PhD fellowship from the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)

DAAD in-country/ In-Region PhD research fellowship in 2016

Science Initiative Group (SIG), Institute for Advanced Study fellow of the African Natural Products Training Network (AFNNET) of Carnegie- IAS Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE). 2012


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