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.
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.
Dr Frank Jiggins (Genetics And Evolution Of Insect Vectors ) Fmj1001@cam.ac.uk More Info
Position & Affiliation:
University Lecturer and Royal Society University Research Fellow, Dept of Genetics
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.