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.


Prof Maurice Galton (Education ) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Reseach and Teaching Fellow, Centre for Commonwealth Education, Faculty of Education

Research Interests:

Studying classrooms using systematic observation. Currently engaged in a UK study of the effects on student wellbeing following the transition from primary to secondary school (funded by the Nuffield Foundation) in a study of class size reductions in Hong Kong Primary schools and in the development of multi-ethnic communities of practice among Malaysian teachers.


Possible project topics: Studies involving teaching and student learning (at primary, secondary of higher level) and the impact of government policy on educational institutions and its participants (teachers, lecturers, their workloads, stress etc)

Galton, M and MaBeath, J. (2010) 'Balancing the workload equation in English primary education: A continuing story,' Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 38 (4) 301-315

Bangs, J., MacBeath, J. and Galton, M (2011) Reinventing Schools, Reforming Teaching: From political visions to classroom reality, London: Routledge.

Galton, M. and Pell, T (2012) 'Do class size reductions make a difference to classroom practice? The case of Hong Kong primary schools. International Journal of Educational Research. 53. 22-31.

Prof Nick Gay (Innate Immunity) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Dept of Biochemistry

Research Interests:

Innate immunity, structure function and regulation pattern recognition receptors particularly Toll-like receptors. Mechanism of signal transduction and molecular recognition by PRRs.

Possible project topics: Innate responses to tropical disease.

Current African links: Long standing links with S. Africa (PhD training, collaboration).

(1) Motshwene PG et al. (2009) An oligomeric signalling platform formed by the toll-like receptor signal transducers MyD88 and IRAK4. J Biol Chem, in press.

(2) Bryant C et al. (2009) The molecular basis of the host response to LPS. Nature Rev. Microbiol., in press.

(3) Wang L et al. (2008) Peptidoglycan Recognition Protein-SD Provides Versatility of Receptor Formation in Drosophila Immunity. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 105, 11881-11886.

Prof John Gibson (Human Red Blood Cell Pathophysiology) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor in Pathophysiology, Dept of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests:

Cellular ion and water pathophysiology. Main interest is red blood cells, especially their altered behaviour in haemoglobinopathies including sickle cell disease, thalassaemia and enzyme deficiencies. Also interested in articular chondrocytes. Main projects currently on altered cation balance, membrane transport activity and phospholipid exposure in red blood cells from sickle cell patients, their link with disease and how they might be corrected to ameliorate symptoms.

Possible project topics: Behaviour of red blood cells from patients heterogeneous for HbS and HbC - as these constitute a third of all sickle cell patients - compared to those from homogeneous HbSS individuals.

Current African links: Potential students from Ghana.

(1) Gibson JS and Ellory JC (2002). Membrane transport in sickle cell disease. Blood Cells, Molecules and Disease 28, 1-12.

(2) Browning JA et al. (2006). Pathophysiology of red blood cell volume. Contrib. Nephrol. 152, 241-268.

(3) Gibson JS et al. (2008). Oxygen and reactive oxygen species in articular cartilage: modulation of ionic homeostasis. Pflugers Archiv 455, 563-573.

Dr Effrossyni Gkrania-Klotsas (Epidemiology Of Enterovirus & Emerging Infectious Diseases ) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Clinical Director, Infectious Diseases, Dept of Medicine and MRC Fellow, MRC Dept of Epidemiology

Research Interests:

Emerging infectious diseases, population genetics and disease susceptibility epidemiology.

Possible project topics: (1) GIS systems for emerging infectious diseases in Africa. (2) Non-polio enterovirus infections epidemiology in Africa.

Prof Julia Gog (Mathematics & Infectious Disease Dynamics) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor, Dept of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Research Interests:

My research group uses mathematical modelling to study the dynamics of infectious disease: at the epidemic scale, the microscopic scale, and everything in between. Current projects include influenza dynamics at the population level and within host, and salmonella and macrophage dynamics at the in vitro level.

(1) Gog JR (2008) The impact of evolutionary constraints on influenza dynamics Vaccine 26 C15-24.

(2) Gog JR et al. (2007) Codon conservation in the influenza A virus genome defines RNA packaging signals. Nucleic Acids Research 35, 1897-1907.

(3) Grenfell BT et al. (2004) Unifying the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of pathogens. Science 303 327-332.

Dr Gail Goldberg (Nutrition and Bone Health) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Investigator Scientist, MRC Nutrition and Bone Health Research Group

Research Interests:

Nutrition and bone health; Calcium; vitamin D; Maternal and child nutrition and health; Dietary methodology and assessment; Body composition; Nutrition transition; rural-urban migration; Chronic disease.

Current African links: The Gambia, Uganda and South Africa

Dr David Good (Technology Design; Development & Assessment Of Professional Expertise) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
University Lecturer (UTO), Dept of Social and Developmental Psychology

Research Interests:

Firstly, the design and development of new communication and information technologies.

Secondly, the development and assessment of professional expertise (Medicine, Engineering, Entrepreneurship). Focusing on the development of the creative and innovative abilities of students, and how this prepares them for their future careers.

Current Africa links: CAPREx collaborator for Dr Euzobia Muisha Baine on project 'From Entry to Exit: A comparative study of Internal Quality Assurance Systems in Graduate Training in Makerere University, University of Ghana and Cambridge University'.

Professor Ian Goodfellow (Norovirus and Zoonotic RNA Viruses) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Virology, Division of Virology

Research Interests:

Our research to date has focus primarily on understanding the molecular mechanisms of norovirus replication and pathogenesis. We have recently initiated more clinically focused studies on antiviral treatment for chronic norovirus infection, norovirus antigenic evolution and hepatitis E virus.

Possible project topic:
We are particularly interested in gastrointestinal diseases and have a growing interest in zoonotic RNA viruses

Current African links:
Professor Alisson Elliott, MRC/UVRI, Uganda


Dr Rie Goto (Child Nutrition, Growth & Diseases Interactions) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Affiliated Lecturer, Dept of Archaeology and Anthropology, Division of Biological Anthropology

Research Interests:

I am interested in nutrition, child growth and infectious diseases, and how they interact with poverty. I also work on a large scale extreme poor project in Bangladesh (DFID funded) to see what indirect nutritional benefits accrue because of economic empowerment.

Dr Andrew Grant (Bacterial infection, Drug Discovery and Vaccination and Resistance and Immunity) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Lecturer in Bacterial Pathogenesis

Research Interests:

Bacterial infection
Host pathogen interactions
Molecular basis of bacterial virulence
In vivo dynamics of bacterial infections
Vaccine development

Grant AJ, Restif O, McKinley TJ, Sheppard M, Maskell DJ, and Mastroeni P. (2008) Modelling within-host spatiotemporal dynamics of invasive bacterial disease. PLoS Biol. 6, e74

Grant AJ, Morgan FJE, McKinley TJ, Foster GL, Maskell DJ, Mastroeni P. Attenuated Salmonella Typhimurium lacking the pathogenicity island-2 type 3 secretion system grow to high bacterial numbers inside phagocytes in mice. (2012) PLoS Pathog. 8(12): e1003070

Mastroeni P and Grant A. Dynamics of spread of Salmonella enterica in the systemic compartment. (2013) Microbes. Infect. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2013.10.003

Dr Harriet Groom (HIV, retroviruses and human cell interaction) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Henslow Research Fellow, Downing College, Department of Medicine

Research Interests:

I am a research scientist with a keen interest in the molecular interactions between retroviruses and human cells. I work at the Department of Medicine on the Addenbrooke's site researching the role of a newly-discovered cellular protein SAMHD1, which inhibits HIV infection in certain cells by targeting dNTP, the building blocks of DNA, for degradation. I want to understand its role in the cell both as part of the intracellular defence system and in cell metabolism as well as how these are regulated.

Phospho-dependent Regulation of SAMHD1 Oligomerisation Couples Catalysis and Restriction 2015 PLoS Pathogens

Structural basis of lentiviral subversion of a cellular protein degradation pathway 2014 Nature 505(7482):234-8

HIV-1 restriction factor SAMHD1 is a deoxynucleoside triphosphate triphosphohydrolase. 2011 Nature 480(7377):379-82

Prof Peter Guthrie (Sustainable Development In Infrastructure Engineering) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Engineering for Sustainable Development, Dept of Engineering

Research Interests:

The development of decision making processes towards sustainable development in infrastructure engineering; the application of sustainable development to developing country contexts, including application of non standard materials; the deployment of engineering skills in disasters.

Principal Investigator for the Cambridge elements Retrofit 2050 Project. The aim of the Retrofit 2050 Project has been to deliver a ‘step change’ in our understanding of processes of transition towards sustainability in the built environment of the UK’s cities. While cities can be identified as a key source of emissions, they are also increasingly recognised as hubs of innovation towards more sustainable living.


Possible projects: Research into the possible amendment of standards for more local relevance. Links with Engineers without Borders, Oxfam, REDR Engineers for Disaster Relief, Practical Action.

Current African links: Links with University of Kwa Zulu Natal.

(1) Building Roads by Hand Antoniou, J., Guthrie, PM, de Veen, JJ Longmans 1990.