Researchers' Database

Researchers from across the University of Cambridge and its affiliated institutes are engaging with the initiatives of the Cambridge-Africa Programme by carrying out collaborative research with African colleagues, and/or mentoring African fellows.

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Dr Annettee Nakimuli, Makerere University and MUII PhD Fellow, and her Cambridge co-supervisor Professor Ashley Moffett, Department of Pathology.




In order to recruit excellent post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students from Africa into Cambridge for training, we have built (and are continuously expanding) a database of current and potential Cambridge collaborators/mentors and their expertise. The >180 Cambridge researchers listed are either already engaging with, or have indicated their interest in being matched to Africans who have similar research interests. Cambridge researchers who would like to get involved do not need to have a pre-prepared project available, or existing African links, in order to be included in the database. If you would like your details to be included, please complete the (short and painless) registration form.

Note to African researchers searching for a Cambridge collaborator: Please be aware that any enquiries about potential collaboration with a Cambridge researcher need to be directed to one of the Cambridge-Africa Programme staff  or in the first instance. They will then put you in touch with the Cambridge researcher if there is an appropriate match in the research interests. Thanks for your cooperation.


Dr Maha Abdelrahman (Development Studies) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Lecturer in Development Studies, Centre of Development Studies

Research Interests:

My research could be located within the area of State/Civil society relations and the role of different global and domestic actors in shaping the redistribution of power. Some of the issues that could be identified in my research within this framework are social and protest movements, the politics of NGOs, human rights discourse, Islamic and cultural commodification and the history of development studies.




Egypt’s Long Revolution: Protest Movements and Uprisings Routledge (August 2014)

Civil Society Exposed: The Politics of NGOs in Egypt, London: I.B. Tauris, New York: St. Martins/Macmillan, Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press (2004)

‘In Praise of Organisation: Egypt between Activism and Revolution’ Development and Change 44(3), (2013)

Dr David Adams (Cancer Gene Discovery) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Group Leader, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Research Interests:

Cancer gene discovery using mouse models and high-throughout analysis of mouse and human genomes using DNA sequencing.

(1) Mattison J et al. Novel candidate cancer genes identified by a large-scale cross-species comparative oncogenomics approach. Cancer Res 2010; 70:883-95.

(2) Sudbery I et al. Deep short-read sequencing of chromosome 17 from the mouse strains A/J and CAST/Ei identifies significant germline variation and candidate genes that regulate liver triglyceride levels. Genome Biol 2009; 10: R112.

(3) Uren AG et al. Large-scale mutagenesis in p19(ARF)- and p53-deficient mice identifies cancer genes and their collaborative networks. Cell 2008; 133: 727-41.

Dr Jean Adams (Evaluation of new policies promoting healthier diets ) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior research fellow, Centre for Diet & Activity Research, MRC Epidemiology Unit

Research Interests:

I am currently involved in a range of work exploring issues around dietary public health and food policy – particularly focusing on food marketing, food retailing, cooking and how these factors interact with socio-economic position. We have ongoing work evaluating: new taxes on sugary drinks (in the UK and elsewhere); the removal of 'junk food' from supermarket checkouts; and programmes encouraging local takeaways to serve smaller, healthier, portions.


Dr Franklin Aigbirhio (Medical Imaging) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Director of PET Chemistry, Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, Dept of Clinical Neurosciences

Research Interests:

PET radiopharmaceuticals, radiochemistry, molecular imaging, nuclear medicine

(1) Clatworthy PL et al. Dopamine release in dissociable striatal subregions predicts the different effects of oral methylphenidate on reversal learning and spatial working memory. J Neurosci. 2009 Apr 15;29 (15):4690-6.

(2) Price SJ et al. Imaging regional variation of cellular proliferation in gliomas using 3'-deoxy-3'-[18F]fluorothymidine positron-emission tomography: an image-guided biopsy study. Clin Radiol. 2009 Jan;64 (1):52-63.

(3) Bayly SR et al. In vitro and in vivo evaluations of a hydrophilic 64Cu-bis(thiosemicarbazonato)-glucose conjugate for hypoxia imaging. J Nucl Med. 2008 Nov;49 (11):1862-8.

Prof Jean-Pierre Allain (Blood Safety In Sub-Saharan Africa) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Transfusion Medicine, Dept of Haematology

Research Interests:

Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa, blood safety, blood-borne viruses.

Possible project topics: Routes of transmission of Hepatitis B virus in East Africa. Viral safety of East African blood supply.

Current African links: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana. National Blood Transfusion Centre, Conakry, Guinea. Dept of Public Health, Khartoum, Sudan.

(1) Allain JP et al. Relative safety of first-time volunteer and replacement donors in West Africa. Transfusion 2009 Oct 15. [Epub ahead of print].

(2) Allain JP et al. Characterization of occult Hepatitis B virus strains in South African blood donors. Hepatology 2009; 90: 1622-8.

(3) Allain JP et al. Deletions and recombinations in the core region of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotype E strains from asymptomatic blood donors in Guinea, West Africa. J Gen Virol 2009; 90: 2442-51.

Dr Tim Ambrose (Gastrointestinal Disease) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Clinical Fellow, Cambridge University Hospitals

Research Interests:

Gastrointestinal diseases

Dr Carl Anderson (Transcriptomic response to pathogenic challenge and infection) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Group Leader, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Research Interests:

The primary interest of the group is in using genetic and transcriptomic data to understand the biology underlying immune-meidated and infectious diseases. We have led some of the largest genome-wide association studies for immune-mediated diseases and have identified >300 regions of the genome-underlying risk. We use RNA-seq to profile transcriptomic responses to infection and vaccination to understand variation in response and uncover host-pathogen interactions.

Luo et el (2017) Exploring the genetic architecture of inflammatory bowel disease by whole-genome sequencing identifies association at ADCY7. Nature genetics Feb;49(2):186-192. doi: 10.1038/ng.3761. Epub 2017 Jan PMID:28067910

de Lange KM et al (2017) Genome-wide association study implicates immune activation of multiple integrin genes in inflammatory bowel disease. Nat Genet. 2017 Feb;49(2):256-261. doi: 10.1038/ng.3760. Epub 2017 Jan 9. PMID:28067908

Ji SG et al (2017) Genome-wide association study of primary sclerosing cholangitis identifies new risk loci and quantifies the genetic relationship with inflammatory bowel disease. Nat Genet. 2017 Feb;49(2):269-273. doi: 10.1038/ng.3745. Epub 2016 Dec 19. PMID:27992413