Cambridge-Africa

Funded Projects 2017/18

Thirty-two (32) research projects/initiatives have been awarded the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund for 2017-18 and two applications are still under consideration for potential funding.  


Research/ Initiative Title Cambridge and African Collaborators African Country
1 Establishment of tissue culture and genetic transformation for scalable cowpea improvement in sub-Saharan Africa Dr Alison Bentley (Genetics & Breeding, NIAB) and Dr John Saviour Yaw Eleblu (University of Ghana) Ghana
2 Re-Collecting the Missionary Road: Fieldwork at the Kuruman Moffat Mission Dr Chris Wingfield (Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology) and Dr Jesmael Mataga (Sol Plaatje University) South Africa
3 The conservation and livelihood impacts of Uganda's Sawlog Production Grant Scheme Dr Chris Sandbrook (Geography) and Dr David Mwesigye Tumusiime (University of Makerere) Uganda
4 Conservancies and Pastoralists in Northern Kenya: Land and Livelihoods in Transition Dr Elizabeth Emma Watson (Geography) and Dr Hussein Abdullahi Mahmoud (Technical University of Mombasa) Kenya
5 Self-employment and family life: A study of workers in Ghana's informal sector Dr Brendan J Burchell (Sociology) and Dr Francis Annor (University of Ghana) Ghana
6 Computational Linguistic skills training at Makerere University

Dr Andrew Caines (Department of Theoretical & Applied Linguistics) and Dr Fridah Katushemererwe (University of Makerere) Uganda
7 Identity dilemma of the Rwandan-Kenyan or Kenyan-Rwandan community in Kericho, Kenya Dr Andrea Grant (Centre of African Studies) and Dr David Mwambari (United States International University-Africa-Kenya) Uganda
8 Expansion of Teachers' Roles and Responsibilities in Inclusive Primary Schools in Kenya Dr Nidhi Singal (Education) and Dr Pamela Buhere (MMUST, Kenya) Kenya
9 Epigenetic regulation of sex ratio and variant antigen expression in clinical isolates of Plasmodium falciparum Dr Oliver Billker (Wellcome Trust-Sanger Institute) and Dr Bismarck Dinko (University of Health and Allied Sciences) Ghana
10 Pilot-analysis of Uganda's National Pharmacovigilance database and test-use of the Yellow Card Smartphone app of the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Professor Sheila M. Bird (Cambridge Institute of Public Health) and Dr Ronald Kiguba (University of Makerere) Uganda
11 Targeting Theileria: Identification of novel drug targets against East Coast Fever Dr Paula MacGregor (Biochemistry) and Professor Luis Neves (University of Pretoria) South Africa
12 Unravelling P. falciparum invasion of Red Blood Cells: Assay optimization and application workshop Dr Alejandro Marin-Menendez (Wellcome Trust-Sanger Institute) and Dr Silvia Njeri Kariuki (KEMRI) Kenya
13 Training workshop on Nutrition Dr Dora I.A. Pereira (Pathology) and Dr Mohammad Ilias Hossain (MRC Gambia) The Gambia
14 Introductory course in next generation sequencing data analysis and machine learning Dr Sudhakaran Prabakaran (Genetics) and Dr Bridget P. Bannerman (University of Sierra Leone) Sierra Leone
15 Functional studies of a potential blood stage malaria vaccine candidate Dr Julian C. Rayner (Wellcome Trust-Sanger Institute) and Dr Jerome Nyhalah Dinga (University of Buea) Cameroon
16 7th TReND course on insect neuroscience and neurogenetics Professor Steven Russell (Genetics) and Yunusa Mohammed Garba (Gombe State University) Nigeria
17 Is biofilm formation correlated with antibiotic resistance in environmental isolates of Enterobacteriaceae harvested from Kenyan waste water? Dr Martin Welch (Biochemistry) and Anthony Waywire Sifuna (Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology) Kenya
18 Whole Genome Sequencing for understanding food and waterborne pathogens in Africa Dr Ankur Mutreja (Medicine) and Dr Karen Keddy (National Institute for Communicable Diseases) Ghana, Nigeria, DRC, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Kenya
19 Do seasonal changes in the pharyngeal microbiome influence the risk of epidemic meningitis in the African meningitis belt? Dr Caroline Trotter (Vet Med) and Kanny Diallo (University of Ghana) Ghana
20 Development of low-cost Visible-Light Photocatalyts for degradation of emerging contaminants in Water Dr Stuart Matthew Clarke (Chemistry and the BP Institute) and Dr Emmanuel Iyayi Unuabonah (Redeemer's University) Nigeria
21 An assessment of etiology and co-infections in African children admitted with acute gastroenteritis after introduction of rotavirus vaccination Dr Barbara Ann Blacklaws (Vet Med) and Dr Charles Nyagoti Agoti (KEMRI) Kenya
22 Genotyping of Local Ghanaian Pig Populations Dr Carole Anne Sargent (Pathology) and Dr Richard Osei-Amponsah (University of Ghana) Ghana
23 Reexamining the contradictions: women's economic empowerment and vulnerability to Gender Based Violence in Uganda Dr Solava Ibrahim (Centre of Development Studies) and Dr Catherine Pauline Anena (School of women and Gender Studies) Uganda
24 Comparative Bioethics: A framework for culturally-responsive implementation of ethical guidelines for international collaborative research Dr Stephen David John (History and Philosophy of Science) and Dr John Barugahare (Philosophy) Uganda
25 Gendered Experiences; Nostalgia and Memory in Selected Written and Oral Ugandan War Narratives Dr Devon E. A. Curtis (Politics and International Studies) and Dr Florence Ebila (School of Women and Gender Studies) Uganda
26 Legal and Institutional Constraints to the Development of Early Stage Enterprise Financing in Uganda Professor Simon Francis Deakin (Faculty of Law and Centre for Business Research) and Dr Winifred Mary Tarinyeba Kiryabwire (Linguistics, English Language Studies and Communication Skills) Uganda
27 Deconstructing Al Shabaab and ISIS: a cross-cultural exploration of news reports on terrorism across the British and Ugandan press Dr Ella McPherson (Sociology) and Dr Levis Mugumya (Linguistics, English Language Studies and Communication Skills) Uganda
28 Using advanced genomic analysis to identify viral pathogens in residual diagnostic specimens after routine laboratory testing for haemorrhagic fever causative agents. Dr Simon David William Frost (Vet med) and Dr Joseph Humphrey Kofi Bonney (Noguchi) Ghana
29 Anti-Plasmodial mechanisms of mosquito gut bacteria isolated from field-caught malaria vectors. Dr Frank Jiggins (Genetics) and Dr Jewelna Akorli (Noguchi) Ghana
30 Synthesis and Application of Visible Light Photocatalyt in Oil Spill Remediation Dr Ramachandran Vasant Kumar (Materials Science and Metallurgy) and Dr Emmanuel Nyankson (Materials Science and Engineering) Ghana
31 Nano-Engineered Water Filter: Processing and Properties Dr Laura Torrente Murciano and Dr Michael De Volder (Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology / Institute for Manufacturing) and Dr Ebenezer Annan (Materials Science and Engineering) Ghana
32 Transmission of infectious disease causing zoonotic pathogens by camel hippoboscids in northern Kenya Professor Mark Carrington (Biochemistry) and Dr Joel Ltilitan Bargul (ICIPE) Kenya