Dr Cecilia Maliwichi-Nyirenda

Dr Cecilia Maliwichi-Nyirenda is the Director of College of Medicine’s Research Support Centre (RSC). As Director, she directs and supervises overall administrative operations of the college’s research activities. She is responsible for ensuring that research process implementation and research initiatives are consistent and in compliance with the college’s research strategy, and local and international guidelines, policies and practices. Before becoming Director, Dr Maliwichi-Nyirenda worked for nearly 3 years as Scientific Operations Manager (SOM) for RSC. As SOM, she was responsible for providing oversight to clinical trials, data management and information units.  Prior to this, she worked as Training Coordinator for Leadership for Environment and Development Southern Eastern Africa (LEAD-SEA), one of the largest NGOs worldwide. She is the first woman scientist to work at National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens of Malawi. She is also the first person to be trained in ethnobotany in Malawi. Cecilia has over 15 years’ experience in conducting research in herbal medicine and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.  During the past 20 years, she has developed and facilitated courses focusing on health, gender, environment, development, population and climate change. Some of her aspirations are to strengthen RSC’s capacity (in its endeavor to become a centre of excellence in grants management) and stimulate research culture among young researchers.