Cambridge-Africa

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 supporting 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 encourage new collaborations with African researchers and to support African PhD students and post-doctoral fellows, we have built (and are continuously expanding) a database of current and potential Cambridge collaborators and their expertise. The 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 should to be directed to one of the Cambridge-Africa team or enquiries@cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk 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.

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Dr Alicja Dabrowska (Microbiology) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Associate at the Department of Physics and the Department of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests:

Microbiology Drinking water testing in LMIC Point-of-care testing for UTIs Antimicrobial resistance Natural products

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
www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/MEU

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.

Publications:
(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

Dr Neil Davies (Various fieldwork based sedimentary geology topics) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
University Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
www.esc.cam.ac.uk/directory/neil-davies

Research Interests:

Life-sediment interactions through Earth history. Interests in both ancient and modern. Previous Alborada funded fieldwork in Western Cape, South Africa.

Ms. Sarika Dewan (Intergenerational effects of conflict-related violence exposure on early childhood development in post-conflict Uganda) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
PhD Student

Research Interests:

Interested in the intergenerational effects of conflict-related violence exposure and the relationship to intimate partner violence in post-conflict northern Uganda.

Dr Kanta Dihal (Global AI Narratives Sub-Saharan Africa Workshop (Alborada-funded)) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Associate, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge
www.ainarratives.com

Research Interests:

As the Principal Investigator of the Global AI Narratives project I explore how fictional and nonfictional stories shape the development and public understanding of artificial intelligence. My work intersects the fields of science communication, literature and science, and science fiction.

Publications:
AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines (Oxford University Press, 2020)

'Hopes and fears for intelligent machines in fiction and reality' (Nature Machine Intelligence, February 2019)

Ancient dreams of intelligent machines' (Nature, July 2018)

Dr Elves Duarte (vector, mosquito, wolbachia, genomics, infectious diseases) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Associate - University of Cambridge

Research Interests:

I am interested in understanding how microorganisms invade, manipulate and are disseminated by insect vectors. I use a broad range of techniques (genetics and bioinformatics) to dissect the molecular bases of insect vectorial capacity. Namely, I have a particular interest in understanding how the bacteria Wolbachia interfere with mosquitoes' vectorial capacity and how to better plan and implement Wolbachia-based approaches to control human pathogens.

Publications:
López-Madrigal, S., & Duarte, E. H. (2019). Titer regulation in arthropod-Wolbachia symbioses. FEMS microbiology letters.

Djènontin, A., Alou, L. P. A., Koffi, A., Zogo, B., Duarte, E., N’Guessan, R., ... & Pennetier, C. (2015). Insecticidal and sterilizing effect of Olyset Duo®, a permethrin and pyriproxyfen mixture net against pyrethroid-susceptible and-resistant strains of Anopheles gambiae ss: a release-recapture assay in experimental huts. Parasite, 22.. Parasite. 2015; 22: 27. doi:10.1051/parasite/2015027

Correia, W., Varela, I., Spencer, H., Alves, J., & Duarte, E. H. (2015). Characterization of mosquito breeding sites in the Cape Verde islands with emphasis on major vectors. Int J Mosq Res, 2(3), 19-29.

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
www-hrem.msm.cam.ac.uk/people/ducati

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".

Publications:
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

Dr Maciej Dunajski (Differential Geometry, Integrable Systems, General Relativity, Solitons) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Lecturer Department of Mathematics University of Cambridge
www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/md327

Research Interests:

Differential Geometry, Integrable Systems, General Relativity, Solitons

Publications:
Solitons, Instantons, and Twistors, (Oxford University Press 2009, ISBN 9780198570639 )

Twistor theory at fifty: from contour integrals to twistor strings', https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2017.0530 (with Michael Atiyah and Lionel Mason)

On the quadratic invariant of binary sextics https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305004116000542 (with Roger Penrose)

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.

Publications:
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 (Child and family mental health, public health & primary care) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior University Lecturer in Social Sciences, Primary Care Unit, School of Clinical Medicine
www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/people/pcu-group/pcu-senior-aca…

Research Interests:

Dr Robbie Duschinsky is a social scientist based in the Primary Care Unit in the School of Clinical Medicine. Robbie’s research interests primarily concern child and family mental health, the integration of health and social care, and the use of qualitative methods within primary care research. He also has interests in the sociology of gender and of caring activities, in sociological theory, and in psychological interventions.​