Funded Projects 2015/16

Thirteen (13) research projects/initiatives received awards from the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund. All were awarded to initiatives collaborating with the CAPREx programme and awards will help to support research and research-related travel, workshops and courses in African countries.

Research/initiative title Cambridge & African collaborators African country
1 Application of whole genome sequencing to investigate Staphylococcus aureus outbreaks in Ghana Professor Stephen Bentley (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge), and Dr Eric Sampane-Donkor (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
2 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for the revitalization of endangered languages: The case of
Dr Paula Buttery and Dr Andrew Caines (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Cambridge), and Dr Fridah Katushemererwe (Makerere University) Uganda
3 Health and Wealth : Interrogating the Role of African Pentecostal-Charismatic Spirituality in Socio-economic Development Professor David Maxwell (Faculty of History, Cambridge), Dr Emma Wild-Wood (Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide) and Dr Paddy Musana (Makerere University) Uganda
4 Assessing the efficacy of locally produced rice husk biochar in managing Greenhouse gas emissions and the mechanism in improving yield Professor Howard Griffiths (Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge), and Dr. Dilys Sefakor MacCarthy (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
5 Role of aphids in the transmission of a suspected viral disease and the disease’s impact on the growth and yield of cabbage in Ghana Dr John P Carr (Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge), and Dr. Ken Okwae Fening (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
6 Development of a rapid sensitive detection tool for the identification of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes in clinical malaria Dr Gavin Wright (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge), and Dr Linda Eva Amoah (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
7 Alternative methods of cultivation of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta to maximize active compound production and prevent species extinction in the wild: GhanaMedPlants Dr Lesley Boyd (National Institute of Agricultural Botanty - NIAB), and Dr Naalamle Amissah (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
8 Use of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing to identify novel antimalarial drug targets Dr Julian Rayner (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge), and Dr Neils Ben Quashie (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
9 Comparative transcriptome analysis of susceptible and resistant tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) genotypes from Ghana to root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) Dr Uta Paszkowski (Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge), and Dr Seloame Tatu Nyaku (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
10 Identification and characterisation of Pectobacterium and Serratia species from Ghana Prof George Salmond (Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge) and Dr Joseph Honger (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
11 Framework for Disambiguation of Meanings of Near-synonyms Dr Napoleon Katsos (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Cambridge), and Dr Celestino Oriikiriza (Makerere University) Uganda 
12 Genomics and Bioinformatics of Infectious Pathogens Dr Simon Frost (Department of Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge) and Dr Samuel Kojo Kwofie (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
13 Identification of specific metabolites in Mycobacterium ulcerans infection: exploring potential diagnostic biomarkers. Dr Jules Griffin (Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge) and Dr Lydia Mosi (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana