Christopher Chetsanga

Christopher J Chestanga
Born (1935-08-22) 22 August 1935 (age 82)
Murehwa, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
Fields Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
InstitutionsUniversity of Zimbabwe
Alma mater University of California, Pepperdine University, University of Toronto
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Known forDiscovery ot two enzymes involved in DNA repair, which earned him a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Notable awards UNESCO Gold Medal Award winner


Christopher J Chetsanga (given birth to 1935 in Murehwa, Rhodesia) is a preeminent Zimbabwean scientist who’s a member from the African Academy of Sciences.


1965 obtained a BSc level at the University or college of California, Berkeley and Pepperdine University or college in California, USA 1965-1969 obtained MSc and PhD levels in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the University or college of Toronto, Canada 1969-1972 became a Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Harvard University

Scientific Achievements

Found out two enzymes mixed up in repair of broken DNA: Formamidopyrimidine DNA Glycosylase, which eliminates broken 7-methylguanine from DNA (1979). DNA cyclase, which recloses imidazole bands of guanine and adenine broken by x-irradiation (1985).

Work experience

Assistant Professor, Affiliate Professor, Full Teacher, College or university of Michigan, 1972–1983 Teacher of Biochemistry, College or university of Zimbabwe, 1983–2017 Dean of Research College or university of Zimbabwe, (1986–1991) Pro Vice Chancellor, College or university of Zimbabwe, (1991–1993) Director General, Scientific and Industrial Analysis and Development Middle, Zimbabwe, 1993-2003