MUII-plus Fellows


Stephen Tukwasibwe, 4 year PhD Fellowship

Mentor: Dr Francesco Colucci, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cambridge

Stephen Tukwasibwe is a trained molecular biologist with an MSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and a BSc degree in Biomedical Laboratory Technology from Makerere University. He has several years of working experience in translational research involving application of molecular and immunological techniques to solve infectious diseases problems. He has worked as a laboratory technologist on the project titled “The Role of Killer cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptor (KIR) Genes and their HLA-C Ligands in Pre-eclampsia in an African Population” and as a junior Investigator on the malaria drug resistance project at the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration. Stephen has won several awards and scholarships including the Forgaty International Centre (FIC) scholarship, the Madhvani Foundation Scholarship and the Best Young Investigator Award from Makerere University- University of California, San Francisco collaboration in recognition of an excellent MSc research project. Stephen's current research interest is in immunogenetics, a field with limited capacity in Uganda. Stephen’s ultimate goal is to contribute to malaria control and elimination in Uganda and other endemic countries. Stephen is currently a MUII plus PhD Fellow, funded by the Wellcome Trust training programme in Infection and Immunity.Stephen’s PhD research project will address the role of immune system genes (KIR and HLA) in transmission and severity of malaria in Uganda.