Great Zimbabweans

Prof. Christopher Chetsanga

Prof. Christopher Chetsanga, Scientist

Prof. Chetsanga is Zimbabwe’s most eminent scientist. Having obtained MSc and PhD degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Toronto, Canada, he then became a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, US. He returned to Zimbabwe in 1983 where he worked at the University of Zimbabwe for 36 years as a professor of biochemistry. He has been widely published in international journals and famously discovered two enzymes involved in the repair of damaged DNA, which has aided cancer research. His many awards include the Presidential Award for Distinguished Cancer Research in Zimbabwe, and the UNESCO Gold Medal Award.