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 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 Dorota Jamrozy (Genomic surveillance of pathogens causing neonatal sepsis) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Principal Bioinformatician Wellcome Sanger Institute

Research Interests:

Bacterial genomics and application of whole genome sequencing to study pathogen evolution, in particular opportunistic bacterial pathogens associated with neonatal sepsis

Prof Frank Jiggins (Genetics And Evolution Of Insect Vectors ) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor, Dept of Genetics

Research Interests:

Genetics and evolution of insects and their pathogens, using mosquitoes and fruit fly to understand why insects vary in ability to transmit disease. This may lead to ways in which vector populations could be modified to prevent them from transmitting disease. Much of this work involves East African populations of mosquitoes and flies.

Possible project topics: Aedes aegypti has a genetic polymorphism in E Africa that makes some mosquitoes unable to transmit filarial nematodes. I am studying the molecular basis of this variation, and why it is maintained in populations. I welcome applications to work on different aspects of this interaction, from field work to molecular genetics.

Current African links: Links in S Africa, Ghana and Kenya (KEMRI and ICIPE).

(1) Obbard DJ et al. 2009 Quantifying Adaptive Evolution in the Drosophila Immune System. PLoS Genetics. In press.

(2) Obbard DJ et al. 2008 The evolution of TEP1, an exceptionally polymorphic immunity gene in Anopheles gambiae. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8, 274.

(3) Bangham J et al. 2007 The age and evolution of an antiviral resistance mutation in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 274: 2027-2034.

Dr Yvonne Joko Walburga Epse Fru (Cancer genomics and survival in sub-Saharan Africa) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Post-doctoral Research Associate - Department of Medical Genetics

Research Interests:

Breast cancer genetics Reproductive, environmental and lifestyle risk factors for cancers in Africa Cancer survival in sub-Saharan Africa

Cancer survival in Africa, central and south America, and Asia (SURVCAN-3): a population-based benchmarking study in 32 countries - The Lancet Oncology 2023 | Journal article DOI: 10.1016/S1470-2045(22)00704-5

Breast Cancer Diagnostics, Therapy, and Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Population-Based Registry Study - JNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network 2021 | Journal article DOI: 10.6004/jnccn.2021.7011

Presentation, patterns of care, and outcomes of patients with prostate cancer in sub-Saharan Africa: A population-based registry studCancer 2021 | Journal article DOI: 10.1002/cncr.33818y -