Funded Projects 2020/21


Research/ Initiative Title

Cambridge & African Collaborators

African Country

1 Paleo-environmental studies, subsistence economy and social complexity in Igbo-Ukwu, Eastern Nigeria (ca. 800-1200 CE)  Dr Abidemi Babalola (Centre of African Studies) & Dr Kingsley Daraojimba (Archaeology & Tourism, University of Nigeria)  Nigeria
2 Molecular Epidemiology and Population Genomics of Streptococcus agalactiae Isolates from the Microbiome of Pregnant Women and Neonates  Prof Stephen Bentley (Wellcome Trust - Sanger Institute) & Dr Luria Leslie Founou (Centre of Expertise and Biological Diagnostic of Cameroon)  Cameroon
3 Neuropathological profile of the African Giant Rat brain (Cricetomys gambianus) after natural exposure to heavy metal environmental pollution in the Nigerian Niger Delta  Dr Raymond Bujdoso (Veterinary Medicine) & Prof James O Olopade (Veterinary Anatomy, University of Ibadan)  Nigeria
4 The Virome of Yam: A Vital Crop in West Africa  Prof John P Carr (Plant Sciences) & Dr Josiah Musembi Mutuku (West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) Pôle Scientifique et d'Innovation de Bingerville, Université Félix Houphouët)  Ivory Coast 
5 New photonic approaches for imaging diagnostics of malaria infections  Prof Pietro Cicuta (Physics) & Dr Dickson Mwenda Kinyua (Meru University of Science and Technology)  Kenya
6 Promoting indigenous underutilized oilseeds as immune boosters  Prof Melinda J. Duer (Chemistry) & Dr Mercy Badu (Chemistry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology)  Ghana
7 International Sustainable Partnership in Inclusive Research & Education (INSPIRE)  Dr Adrian C. Fisher (Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology) & Dr Zipporah N. Bukania ( Centre for Public Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute)  Kenya
8 Assessment of dried blood spot sampling as a minimally invasive and accessible method to analyse circulating tumour DNA in metastatic breast cancer patients treated at the Uganda Cancer Institute  Dr Davina Gale (Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute) & Dr Nixon Niyonzima (Uganda Cancer Institute)  Uganda
9 Will HIV resistance compromise the success of dolutegravir-based ART?  Prof Ravindra Gupta (Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease) & Dr Adam Abdullahi (Institute of Human Virology)  Nigeria
10 Miocene reptile faunas from western Kenya: Reconstructing equatorial change during deep-time global warming  Dr Jason James Head (Zoology) & Dr Fredrick Kyalo Manthi (Department of Earth Sciences, National Museums of Kenya)  Kenya
11 Locating Urban Spaces of Climate Mobilities in Sub-Saharan Africa  Dr Irit Katz (Architecture) & Prof Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe (Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana)  Ghana
12 This is not a highway: the techno-politics of the JKIA-Westlands expressway in Kenya  Dr Gediminas Lesutis (Geography) & Dr Jethron Ayumbah Akallah (Department of History and Archaeology, Maseno University)  Kenya
13 Agro-ecological approaches to fall armyworm management in Nigeria: testing strategies, building capacity, and developing collaborations  Dr Sarah Luke (Zoology) & Dr Mobolade Dele Akinbuluma (Department of Crop Protection and Environmental Biology, University of Ibadan)  Nigeria
14 Establishment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Training and Research Network for Genomic Surveillance of AMR (SAGESA)  Dr Alice Matimba (Wellcome Genome Campus) & Dr Stanford Kwenda (Sequencing Core Facility, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa)

SouthAfrica,Zimbabwe, Botswana, 

Zambia, Mozambique

15 Ethnicity and gestational diabetes: improving risk prediction in pregnancy in Africa and the UK  Dr Claire Meek (Wellcome - MRC Institute of Metabolic Science) & Prof Moffat Nyirenda (MRC/UVRI Unit, Uganda & LSHTM)  Uganda
16 Response of Eragrostis tef to Zn fertilization and its ability to increase grain Zn content  Dr Matthew Milner (NIAB) & Dr Hirut Assaye Cherie (Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Bahir Dar University)  Ethiopia
17 Unmasking the neglected role and population genomics of non-typhoidal Salmonella in human diarrhoea and
bloodstream infections in a typhoid endemic, livestock-dense setting of Nigeria, sub Saharan Africa
 Prof Julian Parkhill (Veterinary Medicine) & Dr Emmanuel Ochefije Ngbede (Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi)  Nigeria
18  Genetic diversity and drug resistance of Plasmodium vivax in Mauritania  Prof Julian C Rayner (Cambridge Institute for Medical Research) & Dr Ambroise Ahouidi (Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training, Dakar, Senegal)  Mauritania & Senegal
19 The modulatory role of curcumin and quercetin on Drosophila GSK-3: a potential therapeutic intervention in Parkinson’s disease  Prof Steven Russell (Genetics) & Dr John Afees Olanrewaju (Ben Carson School of Medicine, Babcock University)  Nigeria
20 Propagation of rotavirus field strains in cell culture  Dr Caroline Trotter (Veterinary Medicine) & Dr Osbourne Quaye (WACCBIP, University of Ghana)  Ghana
21  Monolithic nanocatalyst composites: realizing new avenues in wastewater treatment for DAC list countries  Dr Andrew Wheatley (Chemistry) & Dr Adewale Adewuyi ( Redeemer's University)  Nigeria