Cambridge-Africa

2015-2016

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Dr Naalamle Amissah

Collaborator: Dr Lesley Boyd, National Institute of Agricultural Botany

Alternative methods of cultivation of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta and Croton membranaceus to maximize active compound production and prevent species extinction in the wild.

The goal is to optimize protocol variables for secondary metabolite production in vitro as a way of ensuring sustainable bioactive compound production to ease the harvesting pressure on wild populations.

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Dr Linda Amoah

Collaborator: Dr Gavin Wright, Cell Surface Signalling Laboratory, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University of Cambridge

Identification of human host receptors for Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes

The project uses a mammalian expression system to express 17 gametocyte expression plasmids.

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Dr Eric Donkor

Collaborator: Professor Stephen Bentley, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge

Application of whole genome sequencing to investigate Staphylococcus aureus outbreaks in Ghana

The study applies whole genome sequencing to retrospectively investigate 3 outbreaks at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana. S. Aureus samples isolated from the outbreaks will be confirmed and tested for methicillin resistance.

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Dr Ken Fening

Collaborator: Dr John P. Carr, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

The epidemiological role of cabbage aphids in the transmission of viral diseases and its impact on the growth and yield of cabbage in Ghana

To Identify/confirm the species of aphids found on cabbage in Ghana and relate them to the viral diseases they transmit and the type/identity of the viruses involved.

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Dr Joseph Honger

Collaborator: Professor George Salmond, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Genetic diversity of Erwinia carotovora strains from Ghana

Determining whether Erwinia species, known to produce carbapeneme antibiotic, has any fungitoxic effect on other plant pathogens. 

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Dr Fridah Katushemererwe

Collaborators: Dr Paula Buttery and Dr Andrew Caines, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for the revitalization of endangered languages: The case of Runyakitara

The study seeks to examine the potential of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) as a solution to the revitalization of endangered languages in Uganda, the case of Runyankore-Rukiga

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Dr Samuel Kojo Kwofie

Collaborator: Dr Simon Frost, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge Veterinary School, University of Cambridge

Genomics and Bioinformatics of Infectious Pathogens

The use of High Performance Computing (HPC) to undertake research in bioinformatics, phylogenetics and genomics of infectious pathogens, including Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses.

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Dr Dilys MacCarthy

Collaborator: Professor Howard Griffiths, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

The impact of rice husk bio-char on soil characteristics, its agronomic effect and stability in irrigated rice cropping systems in the Accra plains of Ghana

This study aims at assessing the impact of rice husk biochar produced under local technology in managing Greenhouse gases (GHGs) and characterise it to understand the mechanism of its impact on yield and GHG emissions.

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Dr Paddy Musana

Collaborators: Prof David Maxwell, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge and Dr Emma Wild-Wood, Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, University of Cambridge

Health and Wealth : Interrogating the Role of African Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity in Socioeconomic Development

The study investigates the Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity emphasis today in Uganda and Rwanda on the doctrine of prosperity through health and wealth.

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Dr Lydia Mosi

Collaborator: Dr Jules Griffin, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Identification of specific metabolites in Mycobacterium ulcerans infection: exploring potential diagnositic biomarkers

The study aims to characterize the metabolome of M. ulcerans with respect to other mycolactone producing mycobacteria and pathogenic environmental mycobacteria.

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Dr Seloame Nyaku

Collaborator: Dr Uta Paszkowski, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

Comparative transcriptome analysis of susceptible and resistant tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) genotypes from Ghana to root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita)

This research aims to understand root-knot nematode interactions in the context of expressed genes and signaling pathways, leading to compatibility or incompatibility, and comparative defense responses among locally cultivated tomato species in Ghana.

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Dr Celestino Orikiriza

Collaborator: Dr Napoleon Katsos, Cambridge Language Sciences, University of Cambridge

Framework for Disambiguation of Meanings of Near-synonyms

The project investigates the synonymic continuum as a framework for disambiguation of the meanings of near-synonyms.

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Dr Neils Ben Quashie

Collaborator: Dr Julian Rayner, Malaria Programme, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University of Cambridge

Mechanisms of drug resistance in Malaria and identify new drug targets/novel anti-plasmodia compounds

The main focus of my research is to understand the mechanisms of drug resistance in the parasite and identify new drug targets/ novel anti-plasmodia compounds.