Lecturer and researcher at The Department of Molecular biology and Biotechnology, College Of Natural And Applied Sciences

PhD (Biotechnology) in 2012 , MSc (Applied Microbiology) in 2004, BSc (Chemistry and Applied Microbiology) in 2002


Undergraduate courses

  1. BN 130: Molecular Biology
  2. BN 131: Biochemistry I
  3. BN 230: Methods in Molecular Biology
  4. BN 235: Practical in Molecular Biology
  5. BN 238: Biochemistry II
  6. BN 240: Practical In Biochemistry
  7. MC 601: Microbial Biochemistry

Postgraduate Supervision Masters and PhD.


The primary focus of her research effort has been the exploration diverse products/extracts of both terrestrial/marine fungi and plants in order to resolve societal grand challenges particularly in the human healthy and environment. Her current research interests include characterization of bioactive compounds with antiviral and anticancer potentials especially in the induction of apoptosis from both plants and fungi. Interests are in the functional genomics which include the “omics” technologies (transcriptomics, genomics and proteomics) to identify the underlying molecular basis of many common diseases including cancer and Viral diseases.


  • Development of Herbals dosage formulations with Immunomodulation and Anti-Infectivity activities.
  • Screening for anticancer splicing and anti HIV-1 activity from Tanzanian medicinal plants.


  • Rose J. Masalu*, Sai Ngassa, Grace A. Kinunda and Cyprian B. Mpinda (2020). Antibacterial and Anti-HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Activities of Selected Medicinal Plants and Their Synthesized Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles.
  • Keno David KOWANGA, Joan John Eliona MUNISSI, Rose J. MASALU, Stephen Samwel NYANDORO, Pax MASIMBA and Erastus GATEBE (2017). Antimycobacterial and cytotoxic activities of extracts from fungal isolates of Lake Magadi. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Science.Vol, 11.No.5:pp2430-2441.
  • R. J. Masalu, (2016). Ligninolytic enzymes of the fungus isolated from soil contaminated with cow dung. Tanz. J. Sci. Vol. 42.
  • R. Masalu, (2014). In vitro antioxidant activities of ascomycota fungi isolated from marine   environment, Sky Journal of Microbiology Research, 2(9):072-077. Available online
  • R. Masalu, K.M.M. Hosea, S.L. Lyantagaye and B. Ndimba (2014). Glucose Regulated Protein 78 (GRP 78) as a cytoprotection against Apoptosis in Small Cell Lung Carcinoma. Current Trends in Biotechnology and Pharmacy, 8 (2):185-191. ISSN 0973-8916 print (2230-7303).
  • ROSE MASALU, KEN MATENGO HOSEA and SYLVES MALENDEJA (2011). Free radical Scavenging activity of some fungi indigenous to Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Healthy Research 14(1): 1-8. DOI:      
  • Rose MASALU, Ken M. HOSEA, Mervin MEYER , Sylvester LYANTAGAYE  and  Stonard KANYANDA, (2010). Induction of early apoptosis and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by Tanzanian basidiomycete C. miomboensis. Int. J. Biol.chem. sci 4(4): 825-833. Available online at
  • Mtui, G and R. Masalu (2008). Extracellular Enzymes by brown-rot Fungus Laetiporus sulphureus from mangrove forests of Coastal Tanzania. SRE 3 (4) pp. 154-161. Available online at
  • Mtui, G.Y.S, A.K. Kivaisi and R. Masalu (2003). Production of lignin-degrading enzymes from native Tanzanian Mushrooms. Proc. 2nd Intl. Conf. Med. Mushrooms. Pattaya. Thailand. 17-18 July, 2003. P. 163-169.