MUII Fellows and Alumni Publications



  1. *Stephen Tukwasibwe, Annettee Nakimuli, James Traherne, Olympe Chazara, Jyothi Jayaraman, John Trowsdale, Ashley Moffett, Prasanna Jagannathan, Philip J. Rosenthal, Stephen Cose, Francesco ColucciVariations in killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptor and human leukocyte antigen genes and immunity to malaria. Cell Mol Immunol. 2020 Aug;17(8):799-806. doi: 10.1038/s41423-020-0482-z. Epub 2020 Jun 15.PMID: 32541835 Free PMC article. Review.
  2. Cuu G, Asua V, Tukwasibwe S, Nsobya SL, Nanteza A, Kimuda MP, Mpimbaza A, Rosenthal PJ Associations between Aminoquinoline Resistance Genotypes and Clinical Presentations of Plasmodium falciparum Infection in Uganda. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2020 Sep 21;64(10):e00721-20. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00721-20. Print 2020 Sep 21.PMID: 32660999
  3. Lawrence LubyayiPatrice A Mawa, Grace NabakoozaMarjorie NakibuuleJohn Vianney TushabeJoel SerubanjaDorothy AiboHellen AkurutJosephine TumusiimeMateusz Hasso-AgopsowiczPontiano KaleebuJonathan Levin Hazel M DockrellSteven SmithEmily L Webb Alison M ElliottStephen Cose  Maternal Latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Does Not Affect the Infant Immune Response Following BCG at Birth: An Observational Longitudinal Study in Uganda  Front Immunol. 2020; 11: 929. Published online 2020 May 14. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.00929
  4.  Semaan A, Audet C, Huysmans E, Afolabi B, Assarag B, Banke-Thomas A, Blencowe H, Caluwaerts S, Campbell OMR, Cavallaro FL, Chavane L, Day LT, Delamou A, Delvaux T, Graham WJ, Gon G, Kascak P, Matsui M, Moxon S, Nakimuli A, Pembe A, Radovich E, van den Akker T, Benova L. Voices from the frontline: findings from a thematic analysis of a rapid online global survey of maternal and newborn health professionals facing the COVID-19 pandemic. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Jun;5(6):e002967. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002967.PMID: 32586891 

  5. van Tetering AAC, van Meurs A, Ntuyo P, van der Hout-van der Jagt MB, Mulders LGM, Nolens B, Namagambe I, Nakimuli A, Byamugisha J, Oei SG  Study protocol training for life: a stepped wedge cluster randomized trial about emergency obstetric simulation-based training in a low-income country. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Jul 28;20(1):429. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-03050-3.PMID: 32723330 Free PMC article.
  6. *Hughes NJ, Namagembe I, Nakimuli A, Sekikubo M, Moffett A, Patient CJ, Aiken CE Decision-to-delivery interval of emergency cesarean section in Uganda: a retrospective cohort study. MC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 May 27;20(1):324. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-03010-x.PMID: 32460720 Free PMC article. Implement Sci. 2019 Apr 18;14(1):38. doi: 10.1186/s13012-019-0885-3.PMID: 30999963 Free PMC article. Clinical Trial.
  7. *Nakimuli A, Starling JE, Nakubulwa S, Namagembe I, Sekikubo M, Nakabembe E, Scott JG, Moffett A, Aiken 

    Relative impact of pre-eclampsia on birth weight in a low resource setting: A prospective cohort study.Pregnancy Hypertens. 2020 Jul;21:1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.preghy.2020.04.002. Epub 2020 Apr 7.PMID: 32330863 Free PMC article

  8. Nabbaale J, Okello E, Kibirige D, Ssekitoleko I, Isanga J, Karungi P, Sebatta E, Zhu ZW, Nakimuli A, Omagino J, Kayima J 

    Burden, predictors and short-term outcomes of peripartum cardiomyopathy in a black African cohort.  PLoS One. 2020 Oct 21;15(10):e0240837. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240837. eCollection 2020.PMID: 33085703 Free PMC article.

  9. Graham WJ, Afolabi B, Benova L, Campbell OMR, Filippi V, Nakimuli A, Penn-Kekana L, Sharma G, Okomo U, Valongueiro S, Waiswa P, Ronsmans  Protecting hard-won gains for mothers and newborns in low-income and middle-income countries in the face of COVID-19: call for a service safety net. C.BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Jun;5(6):e002754. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002754.PMID: 32499220 Free PMC article.
  10. Vousden N, Holmes E, Seed PT, Gidiri MF, Goudar S, Sandall J, Chinkoyo S, Kumsa LY, Brown A, Charantimath U, Bellad M, Nakimuli A, Vwalika B, Chappell LC, Shennan AH; CRADLE Trial Collaborative Group. Incidence and characteristics of pregnancy-related death across ten low- and middle-income geographical regions: secondary analysis of a cluster randomised controlled trial BJOG. 2020 Aug;127(9):1082-1089. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.16309. Epub 2020 Jun 2.PMID: 32383337
  11. Hoo R, Nakimuli A, Vento-Tormo R Innate Immune Mechanisms to Protect Against Infection at the Human Decidual-Placental Interface. Front Immunol. 2020 Sep 10;11:2070. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.02070. eCollection 2020.PMID: 33013876 Free PMC article. Review.
  12. Kyohere M, Davies HG, Musoke P, Nakimuli A, Tusubira V, Tasimwa HB, Nsimire JS, Heath P, Cose S, Baker C, Le Doare K, Sekikubo M

    Seroepidemiology of maternally-derived antibody against Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in Mulago/Kawempe Hospitals Uganda - PROGRESS GBS. Gates Open Res. 2020 Nov 13;4:155. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.13183.2. eCollection 2020.PMID: 33299966 Free PMC article.

  13. Smith GC, Nakimuli A Ultrasound estimation of gestational age in late pregnancy in low-income countries: made to measure or off-the-peg?  Lancet Glob Health. 2020 Apr;8(4):e462-e463. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30081-4.PMID: 32199109 No abstract available.
  14.  Amongin D, Benova L, Nakimuli A, Nakafeero M, Kaharuza F, Atuyambe L, Hanson Trends and determinants of adolescent childbirth in Uganda- analysis of rural and urban women using six demographic and health surveys, 1988-2016. Reprod Health. 2020 May 26;17(1):74. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-00925-8.PMID: 32456705

  15. Ampamya S, Kitayimbwa JM, Were MC Performance of an open source facial recognition system for unique patient matching in a resource-limited setting.Int J Med Inform. 2020 Sep;141:104180. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2020.104180. Epub 2020 Jun 4.PMID: 32544824 Review

  16. Grant HE, Hodcroft EB, Ssemwanga D, Kitayimbwa JM, Yebra G, Esquivel Gomez LR, Frampton D, Gall A, Kellam P, de Oliveira T, Bbosa N, Nsubuga RN, Kibengo F, Kwan TH, Lycett S, Kao R, Robertson DL, Ratmann O, Fraser C, Pillay D, Kaleebu P, Leigh Brown AJ. 

    Pervasive and non-random recombination in near full-length HIV genomes from Uganda. Virus Evol. 2020 Feb 11;6(1):veaa004. doi: 10.1093/ve/veaa004. eCollection 2020 Jan.PMID: 32395255 Free PMC article

  17. Muhanguzi D, Byaruhanga J, Amanyire W, Ndekezi C, Ochwo S, Nkamwesiga J, Mwiine FN, Tweyongyere R, Fourie J, Madder M, Schetters T, Horak I, Juleff N, Jongejan Invasive cattle ticks in East Africa: morphological and molecular confirmation of the presence of Rhipicephalus microplus in south-eastern Uganda.  Parasit Vectors. 2020 Apr 3;13(1):165. doi: 10.1186/s13071-020-04043-z.PMID: 32245511 Free PMC article.


  1. Vousden N, Lawley E, Seed PT, Gidiri MF, Charantimath U, Makonyola G, Brown A, Yadeta L, Best R, Chinkoyo S, Vwalika B, Nakimuli A, Ditai J, Greene G, Chappell LC, Sandall J, Shennan AH; CRADLE Trial Collaborative Group.Exploring the effect of implementation and context on a stepped-wedge randomised controlled trial of a vital sign triage device in routine maternity care in low-resource settingsImplement Sci. 2019 Apr 18;14(1):38. doi: 10.1186/s13012-019-0885-3.PMID: 30999963 Free PMC article. Clinical Trial.
  2. Milln J.M, Nakimuli A Medical complications in pregnancy at Mulago Hospital, Uganda's national referral hospital. 

    Obstet Med. 2019 Dec;12(4):168-174. doi: 10.1177/1753495X18805331. Epub 2018 Nov 26.PMID: 31853256 Free PMC article.

  3. Ndekezi C, Nkamwesiga J, Ochwo S, Kimuda MP, Mwiine FN, Tweyongyere R, Amanyire W, Muhanguzi D Identification of Ixodid Tick-Specific Aquaporin-1 Potential Anti-tick Vaccine Epitopes: An in-silico Analysis. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2019 Sep 26;7:236. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00236. eCollection 2019.PMID: 31612130 Free PMC article.

  4. Tweyongyere R, Nassanga BR, Muhwezi A, Odongo M, Lule SA, Nsubuga RN, Webb EL, Cose SC, Elliott AM 

    Effect of Schistosoma mansoni infection and its treatment on antibody responses to measles catch-up immunisation in pre-school children: A randomised trial. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 Feb 14;13(2):e0007157. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007157. eCollection 2019 Feb.PMID: 30763405 Free PMC article. Clinical Trial.


  1. Mpimbaza A, Walakira A, Ndeezi G, Katahoire A, Karamagi C, Nsobya SL, Tukwasibwe S, Asua V, Rosenthal PJ. Associations between erythrocyte polymorphisms and risks of uncomplicated and severe malaria in Ugandan children: A case control study.PLoS One. 2018 Sep 17;13(9):e0203229. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203229. eCollection 2018.
  2. *Misra MK, Augusto DG, Martin GM, Nemat-Gorgani N, Sauter J, Hofmann JA, Traherne JA, González-Quezada B, Gorodezky C, Bultitude WP, Marin W, Vierra-Green C, Anderson KM, Balas A, Caro-Oleas JL, Cisneros E, Colucci F, Dandekar R, Elfishawi SM, Fernández-Viña MA, Fouda M, González-Fernández R, Große A, Herrero-Mata MJ, Hollenbach SQ, Marsh SGE, Mentzer A, Middleton D, Moffett A, Moreno-Hidalgo MA, Mossallam GI, Nakimuli A, Oksenberg JR, Oppenheimer SJ, Parham P, Petzl-Erler ML, Planelles D, Sánchez-García F, Sánchez-Gordo F, Schmidt AH, Trowsdale J, Vargas LB, Vicario JL, Vilches C, Norman PJ, Hollenbach JA.Report from the Killer-cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptors (KIR) component of the 17th International HLA and Immunogenetics Workshop.Hum Immunol. 2018 Dec;79(12):825-833. doi: 10.1016/j.humimm.2018.10.003. Epub 2018 Oct 12.

  3. Vudriko P, Okwee-Acai J, Byaruhanga J, Tayebwa DS, Okech SG, Tweyongyere R, Wampande EM, Okurut ARA, Mugabi K, Muhindo JB, Nakavuma JL, Umemiya-Shirafuji R, Xuan X, Suzuki H Chemical tick control practices in southwestern and northwestern Uganda.Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2018 May;9(4):945-955. doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.03.009. Epub 2018 Mar 15.PMID: 29606621
  4. Tayebwa DS, Vudriko P, Tuvshintulga B, Guswanto A, Nugraha AB, Gantuya S, Batiha GE, Musinguzi SP, Komugisha M, Bbira JS, Okwee-Acai J, Tweyongyere R, Wampande EM, Byaruhanga J, Adjou Moumouni PF, Sivakumar T, Yokoyama N, Igarashi I. 

    Molecular epidemiology of Babesia species, Theileria parva, and Anaplasma marginale infecting cattle and the tick control malpractices in Central and Eastern Uganda.Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2018 Sep;9(6):1475-1483. doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.06.012. Epub 2018 Jun 28.PMID: 30017724


  1.  Tumwebaze P, Tukwasibwe S, Taylor A, Conrad M, Ruhamyankaka E, Asua V, Walakira A, Nankabirwa J, Yeka A, Staedke SG, Greenhouse B, Nsobya SL, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Rosenthal PJ.Changing Antimalarial Drug Resistance Patterns Identified by Surveillance at Three Sites in Uganda. J Infect Dis. 2017 Feb 15;215(4):631-635. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiw614.
  2. Tukwasibwe S, Tumwebaze P, Conrad M, Arinaitwe E, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Nsobya SL, Greenhouse B, Rosenthal PJ.Drug resistance mediating Plasmodium falciparum polymorphisms and clinical presentations of parasitaemic children in Uganda.Malar J. 2017 Mar 21;16(1):125. doi: 10.1186/s12936-017-1777-0
  3. Walakira A, Tukwasibwe S, Kiggundu M, Verra F, Kakeeto P, Ruhamyankaka E, Drakeley C, Dorsey G, Kamya MR, Nsobya SL, Rosenthal PJ. Marked variation in prevalence of malaria-protective human genetic polymorphisms across Uganda.Infect Genet Evol. 2017 Nov;55:281-287. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2017.09.021. Epub 2017 Sep 19
  4. Asua V, Tukwasibwe S, Conrad M, Walakira A, Nankabirwa JI, Mugenyi L, Kamya MR, Nsobya SL, Rosenthal PJ.Plasmodium Species Infecting Children Presenting with Malaria in Uganda.  Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Sep;97(3):753-757. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0345.
  5. Conrad MD, Mota D, Foster M, Tukwasibwe S, Legac J, Tumwebaze P, Whalen M, Kakuru A, Nayebare P, Wallender E, Havlir DV, Jagannathan P, Huang L, Aweeka F, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Rosenthal PJ.

    Impact of Intermittent Preventive Treatment During Pregnancy on Plasmodium falciparum Drug Resistance-Mediating Polymorphisms in Uganda.J Infect Dis. 2017 Nov 15;216(8):1008-1017. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jix421.

  6. *Blokhuis JH, Hilton HG, Guethlein LA, Norman PJ, Nemat-Gorgani N, Nakimuli A, Chazara O, Moffett A, Parham P.

    KIR2DS5 allotypes that recognize the C2 epitope of HLA-C are common among Africans and absent from Europeans.Immun Inflamm Dis. 2017 Dec;5(4):461-468. doi: 10.1002/iid3.178. Epub 2017 Jul 6.

  7. Nakanjako D, Akena D, Kaye DK, Tumwine J, Okello E, Nakimuli A, Kambugu A, McCullough H, Mayanja-Kizza H, Kamya MR, Sewankambo NK.A need to accelerate health research productivity in an African University: the case of Makerere University College of Health Sciences. 

    Health Res Policy Syst. 2017 Apr 21;15(1):33. doi: 10.1186/s12961-017-0196-6.PMID: 28431554 Free PMC article. Review.

  8. Muhanguzi D, Mugenyi A, Bigirwa G, Kamusiime M, Kitibwa A, Akurut GG, Ochwo S, Amanyire W, Okech SG, Hattendorf J, Tweyongyere R African animal trypanosomiasis as a constraint to livestock health and production in Karamoja region: a detailed qualitative and quantitative assessment. BMC Vet Res. 2017 Nov 25;13(1):355. doi: 10.1186/s12917-017-1285-z.PMID: 29178951 Free PMC article


  1. Kitayimbwa JM, Mugisha JY, Saenz RAEstimation of the HIV-1 backward mutation rate from transmitted drug-resistant strains.  Theor Popul Biol. 2016 Dec;112:33-42. doi: 10.1016/j.tpb.2016.08.001. PMID: 27553875
  2. Tweyongyere R, Namanya H, Naniima P, Cose S, Tukahebwa EM, Elliott AM, Dunne DW, Wilson SHuman eosinophils modulate peripheral blood mononuclear cell response to Schistosoma mansoni adult worm antigen in vitro Parasite Immunol. 2016 Aug;38(8):516-22. doi: 10.1111/pim.12336. PMID: 27169695
  3. Nakimuli A,  Nakubulwa S,  Kakaire O, Ndongo Osinde M,  Nalugo Malinda S, Kakande N,  Chalo Nabirye R, Kabonge Kaye D The burden of maternal morbidity and mortality attributable to hypertensive disorders in pregnancy: a prospective cohort study from Uganda BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016; 16: 205. Published online 2016 Aug 4. doi: 10.1186/s12884-016-1001-1
    PMCID: PMC49733702015
  4. *Nakimuli A, Chazara O, Hiby SE, Farrell L, Tukwasibwe S, Jayaraman J, Traherne JA, Trowsdale J, Colucci F, Lougee E, Vaughan RW, Elliott AM, Byamugisha J, Kaleebu P, Mirembe F, Nemat-Gorgani N, Parham P, Norman PJ, Moffett A A KIR B centromeric region present in Africans but not Europeans protects pregnant women from pre-eclampsia. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jan 20;112(3):845-50. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1413453112. Epub 2015 Jan 5
  5. *Nakimuli A and Moffatt A Pregnancy disorders in Africa and the obstetric dilemma Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg (2016) 110 (12): 681-683. DOI:


  1. Cose S, Bagaya B, Nerima B, Joloba M, Kambugu A, Tweyongyere R, Dunne DW, Mbidde E, Kaleebu P, Elliott AM. Immunology in Africa. Med Int Health. 2015 Dec;20(12):1771-7. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12599. PMID: 26391634 
  2. Tweyongyere R, Mawa PA, Emojong NO, Mpairwe H, Jones FM, Duong T, Dunne DW, Vennervald BJ, Katunguka-Rwakishaya E, Elliott AM. Effect of praziquantel treatment of Schistosoma mansoni during pregnancy on intensity of infection and antibody responses to schistosome antigens: results of a randomised, placebo-controlled trial.  BMC Infect Dis. 2009 Mar 18;9:32. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-9-32. PMID: 19296834


  1. Payne BA, Hutcheon JA, Ansermino JM, Hall DR, Bhutta ZA, Bhutta SZ, Biryabarema C, Grobman WA, Groen H, Haniff F, Li J, Magee LA, Merialdi M, Nakimuli A, Qu Z, Sikandar R, Sass N, Sawchuck D, Steyn DW, Widmer M, Zhou J, von Dadelszen P & miniPIERS Study Working Group. (2014). A risk prediction model for the assessment and triage of women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in low-resourced settings: the miniPIERS (Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of RiSk) multi-country prospective cohort study. PLoS medicine, 11(1).
  2.  Nakimuli A, Chazara O, Byamugisha J, Elliott AM, Kaleebu P, Mirembe F, Moffett A. Pregnancy, parturition and preeclampsia in women of African ancestry. J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Jun;210(6):510-520.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2013.10.879. Review. PMID: 24184340
  3. *Mpairwe H, Tweyongyere R, Elliott A. Pregnancy and helminth infections. Parasite Immunol. 2014 Jan 28. doi: 10.1111/pim.12101