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 mentor/collaborator: Please be aware that any enquiries about potential mentorship by, or collaboration with a Cambridge researcher need to be directed to one of the Cambridge-Africa Programme staff 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.


Prof John Danesh (Epidemiology Determinants Of Cardiovascular Disease In Africa) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, and Head of Dept of Public Health and Primary Care

Research Interests:

I lead a research group of over 40 staff and students investigating the genetic, biochemical and lifestyle determinants of cardiovascular disease in large-scale epidemiological studies.

(1) The Emerging Risk Factors collaboration. C-reactive protein concentration and risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and mortality: an individual participant meta-analysis. Lancet 2010;375(9709):132-40

(2) The Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration. Major Lipids, Apolipoproteins, and Risk of Vascular Disease. JAMA 2009;302(18):1993-2000

(3)The Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration. Lipoprotein(a) Concentration and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, and Nonvascular Mortality. JAMA 2009;302(4):412-423

Prof Gordon Dougan (Understanding Host-Pathogen Interactions) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Head of Pathogens, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Research Interests:

Our aim is to understand the fundamental interactions that occur between the host (i.e. the infected human or mouse) and the pathogen; and also to understanding the evolution of members of enteric pathogens and how this affects transmission of the disease in human populations. We use genetics as a core tool, studying both the host and the pathogen.

Possible project topics: Any project on enteric bacteria, including molecular epidemiology and host/pathogen interactions.

Current African links: KEMRI in Nairobi (Sam Kariuki is part of my group), KEMRI Kilifi Wellcome Trust Unit (Kevin Marsh), Wellcome Unit in Blantyre Malawi (Rob Heyderman). http://

(1) Kingsley RA et al. (2009) Epidemic multiple drug resistant Salmonella Typhimurium causing invasive disease in Sub-Saharan Africa have a distinct genotype. Genome Research, 19: 2279-87.

(2) Perkins T et al. (2009) A strand-specific RNA-seq analysis of the typhoid bacillus, Salmonella typhi. PLOS Genetics Jul: e1000569.

(3) Holt KE et al. (2008) High-though-put sequencing provides insights into variation and evolution in Salmonella typhi. Nature Genetics 40: 987-93.

Dr Caterina Ducati (Nano Materials, Energy Storage and Water Purification) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Reader in Nanomaterials, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

Research Interests:

Cate's current research interests include the structural and electronic characterisation of nanostructured metal oxides and semiconductors. In particular she is studying the growth and properties of nanostructured materials used in electrochemical and photoelectrochemical cells (batteries for energy storage and solar cells for energy harvesting), as well as photocatalytic systems for air and water purification.

Current African links: I collaborate with Mr Henry Agbe, Lecturer at the All Nations University College (ANUC), Koforidua, Ghana, through a 1-year project funded by the Alborada Research Fund (2013), entitled "The use of photocatalytic metal oxide nanoparticles for degrading oil spill- an innovative approach in environmental remediation".

Saberi Moghaddam, R., Huettner, S., Vaynzof, Y., Ducati, C., Divitini, G., Lohwasser, R. H., . . . Friend, R. H. (2013). Polymer crystallization as a tool to pattern hybrid nanostructures: growth of 12 nm ZnO arrays in poly(3-hexylthiophene).. Nano Lett, 13(9), 4499-4504. doi:10.1021/nl4024275

Guldin, S., Kohn, P., Stefik, M., Song, J., Divitini, G., Ecarla, F., . . . Steiner, U. (2013). Self-cleaning antireflective optical coatings.. Nano Lett, 13(11), 5329-5335. doi:10.1021/nl402832u

Ogata, K., Salager, E., Kerr, C. J., Fraser, A. E., Ducati, C., Morris, A. J., . . . Grey, C. P. (2014). Revealing lithium-silicide phase transformations in nano-structured silicon-based lithium ion batteries via in situ NMR spectroscopy.. Nat Commun, 5, 3217. doi:10.1038/ncomms4217

Prof David Dunne (Immunology Of Human Parasitic Infections) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Parasitology, Dept of Pathology

Research Interests:

Multi-disciplinary research into the immunology and morbidity of parasitic and other infections in disease endemic countries. Particular interests: human schistosomiasis and other endemic helminth infections and their interactions with other clinical conditions and environmental factors, using collaborative or in-lab expertise in serology, cellular immunology, epidemiology, GIS analysis, parasite molecular biology and post-genomics, allergology, mathematical/statistical modelling.

Current African links: Long-term and on-going collaborative partnerships in Kenya, Uganda and Mali, with colleagues in Ministries of Health and national research institutes (e.g. UVRI, KEMRI) studying parasitic and other infectious diseases.

(1) Dunne DW et al. (2006). Applied and basic research on the epidemiology, morbidity, and immunology of schistosomiasis in fishing communities on Lake Albert Uganda. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 100: 216-223. Abstract

(2) Wilson S et al. (2007) Hepatosplenomegaly in Kenyan schoolchildren: exacerbation by concurrent chronic exposure to malaria and Schistosoma mansoni infection. Trop Med Int Health 12: 1442-9. Abstract. Full Article

(3) Fitzsimmons CM et al. (2007) Factors affecting human IgE and IgG responses to allergen-like molecules from Schistosoma mansoni: molecular structure and patterns of in vivo exposure. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 142: 40-50. Abstract. Full Article

Dr Maria Duque (Intestinal nematodes parasites) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanger Institute

Research Interests:

Maria's research interests include infectious diseases, host-pathogen interaction and immunology. These interests led her to study tuberculosis, Chagas disease and trichuriasis. Trichuriasis is a disease caused by infection with whipworms. Infection occurs via ingestion of whipworm eggs which, upon arrival to the gut, hatch and liberate larvae that burrows through the intestinal epithelium. Maria's research goal is to more fully understand the initial stages of the epithelia infection by the larvae, a crucial step that determines whether the worms are expelled or remain in the gut and cause chronic disease.

Mottram L, Speak AO, Selek RM, Cambridge EL, McIntyre Z, Kane L, Mukhopadhyay S, Grove C, Colin A, Duque-Correa MA, Forbester J, Pham N. TA, Hale C, Vasilliou GS, Arends MJ, Wren BW, Dougan G, and Clare S. 2016. Infection susceptibility in gastric intrinsic factor (Vitamin B12) defective mice is subject to maternal influences. MBio. 2016 Jun 21;7(3). pii: e00830-16. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00830-16.

Blohmke CJ, Darton TC, Jones C, Suarez NM, Waddington CS, Angus B, Zhou L, Hill J, Clare S, Kane L, Mukhopadhyay S, Schreiber F, Duque-Correa MA, Wright JC, Roumeliotis TI, Yu L, Choudhary JS, Mejias A, Ramilo O, Shanyinde M, Sztein MB, Kingsley RA, Lockhart S, Levine MM, Lynn DJ, Dougan G, Pollard, AJ. 2016. Interferon-driven alterations of the host's amino acid metabolism in the pathogenesis of typhoid fever. J Exp Med. May 23. pii: jem.20151025. PMID: 27217537.

Duque-Correa MA, Kühl A, Rodriguez PC, Zedler U, Schommer-Leitner S, Rao M, Weiner 3rd J, Hurwitz R, Qualls JE, Kosmiadi GA, Murray PJ, Kaufmann SHE and Reece ST. 2014. Macrophage arginase-1 controls bacterial growth and pathology in hypoxic tuberculosis granulomas. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 111(38):E4024-32. PMID: 25201986.

Dr Robbie Duschinsky (Research relating to child or adult attachment, especially with reference to mental or physical health) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
University Lecturer in Social Sciences, Primary Care Unit, School of Clinical Medicine

Research Interests:

Dr Robbie Duschinsky is a social scientist based in the Primary Care Unit in the School of Clinical Medicine. His research has primarily focused on children, families and theories of human behaviour, integrating approaches from psychology, sociology, history and philosophy. Robbie is currently Principal Investigator on a New Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust for research on debates in attachment theory and their implications for clinical and social welfare practice, with a particular interest in the relationship between psychology and health.