THRiVE-2 Fellows' Profiles

THRiVE-2 builds on the success of THRiVE (THRiVE-1) and has been funded by the Wellcome Trust and the UK Department for International Development (DfID) through a DELTAS Africa award to continue to support health research capacity building in East Africa. PhD and postdoctoral fellows receive funding after a rigorous selection process to undertake health related research. As part of the research they are supported by mentors at one of two Northern partner institutions: the University of Cambridge or the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The following six fellows have been successful in gaining THRiVE-2 fellowships and will be supported by their Cambridge mentors. Additional candidates are in the process of being selected for a second round of THRiVE-2 fellowships.

Dr. Angelina Kakooza Mwesige

Dr Angelina Kakooza-Mwesige Post-doctoral Fellow

Mentors: Dr Ian Goodfellow and Dr Luke Meredith

Zika virus: neurocognitive function and genotype in Uganda

Dr Angelina Kakooza-Mwesige is a Senior Lecturer and Paediatric Neurologist in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda. Her major research interests are in the fields of neurology and infectious diseases, with considerable experience in the field of HIV/AIDS and neurodevelopmental disorders particularly cerebral palsy, autism, and epilepsy. Her post-doctoral study will establish the seroprevalence of the Zika virus and associated factors among pregnant women in Uganda with a focus on the pregnancy outcomes and neurodevelopmental effects in their children.

Joel Bargul

Dr Joel Ltilitan Bargul Post-doctoral Fellow

Mentor: Professor Mark Carrington

The role of biting flies (genus hipobosca) in transmission of camel trypanasomiasis in northern Kenya

Dr Joel Ltilitan Bargul is a Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya). Preliminary findings from Dr Bargul's research imply that hippoboscids could be important vectors of animal trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness). This research study will provide information on vectors of animal trypanosomes in northern Kenya and contribute to disease control.

Richard Kwizera

Mr Richard Kwizera PhD fellow

Mentor: Dr Robin Gore

Characterisation of chronic and allergic pulmonary fungal infections among Ugandans with severe asthma

Richard Kwizera is a medical mycologist at the Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. He has experience and skills in HIV, TB and fungal disease diagnosis and management as well as participation in clinical trials. For the THRiVE PhD fellowship, Richard intends to characterize chronic and allergic pulmonary fungal infections in patients with severe asthma under the African Severe Asthma Program.

Dr Jonathan Mayito

Dr Jonathan Mayito PhD Fellow

Mentor: Dr Stephen Reece

Detection of M.Tuberculoris in preipheral blood pluripotent hematopoietic stem cells in latent Tuberculosis Infection

Dr Jonathan Mayito is an infectious diseases physician and a researcher with PEPFAR Public Health Evaluations at Makerere University Walter Reed Project. For his PhD project, Jonathan seeks to determine whether Mtb is detectable in peripheral blood long term pluripotent hematopoietic stem cells in latent tuberculosis infection and whether it is cleared by isoniazid preventive therapy.

Caroline Tigoi

Ms Caroline Tigoi, PhD Fellow

Mentors: Professor James Wood and Dr Barbara Blacklaws

Understanding tick-borne zoonotic disease epidemiology within the nomadic pastoral systems in Isiolo, Tana river and Garissa counties of Kenya

Ms Caroline Tigoi has been working for KEMRI/Wellcome trust as a Research Officer managing a network of laboratories in 5 countries working on a project that is looking at causes of death in malnourished children. As a THRiVE PhD Fellow, her research will focus on understanding tick-borne zoonotic disease epidemiology within the nomadic pastoral systems in Isiolo, Tana River and Garissa counties of Kenya.

Arthur Kwizera

Dr Arthur Kwizera, PhD Fellow

Mentor: Dr Charlotte Summers

Acute respiratory distress syndrome in an African adult population: epidemiology, microbiology and strategies to reduce mortality

Dr Arthur Kwizera is a Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Makerere University College of Health Sciences and a staff intensivist at the Mulago National Referral Hospital Intensive Care unit. His PhD research will focus on the microbiology of Acute Respiratory Failure (ARF) and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and will also explore novel low cost strategies to manage acute respiratory failure in the Ugandan (and African) acute care settings.