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 Clemens Kaminski (Advanced Optical Techniques For Biomedical Imaging In Clinical Settings) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Head of Laser Analytics Group and Director of CamBRIDGESens, Dept of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Research Interests:

Development of advanced optical techniques for biomedical applications. We have two broad strands in this field. (1) We develop advanced optical imaging tools to study molecular mechanisms of disease directly in living cells. We are biophysicists collaborating with biologists and have projects in malaria research, cancer, and neurodegenerative disease. (2) We develop ultra-sensitive breath analysis instrumentation for use in clinic, for example to monitor anaesthetics during surgery, or for the diagnosis of disease. Possible project topics: (1) Detection of anaesthetic agents in patients by cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy of exhaled breath. (2) Super resolution imaging of toxic protein aggregates in Parkinson

(1) Elder AD et al. "A quantitative protocol for dynamic measurements of protein interactions by FRET-sensitized fluorescence emission". Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Volume 6, S59-S81, 2009.

(2) Mauritz J et al. "The Homeostasis of Plasmodium falciparum Infected Red Blood Cells", PLoS Comput Biol 5(4): e1000339, 2009.

(3) Kaminski CF et al. "Supercontinuum radiation for applications in chemical sensing and microscopy" Applied Physics B 92:367-378 (2008).

Dr Jennifer Koenig (Maths and Science Education) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Dean, Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU…

Research Interests:

Science and maths education.

Koenig JA(2011) A survey of the mathematics landscape within bioscience
undergraduate and postgraduate UK higher education

Koenig JA and Pike N (2013) Perspectives from the UK and the US on integrating mathematics into the teaching and learning of the biological sciences in higher education

Dr Alexander Komashie (Healthcare Design ) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Associate, Engineering Design Centre, Dept of Engineering

Research Interests:

Complex systems design; Discrete Event Systems Modelling and Simulation; Health Service Design; Quality Improvement in Healthcare.

Current African links: links with Ghana

Prof Andreas Kontoleon (Economics of Environmental Regulation and Policy) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Environmental Economics and Public Policy, University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy…

Research Interests:

The economics of environmental regulation and policy; Micro-econometrics, experimental and behavioural economics; The economics of biodiversity conservation and management; Development economics, health economics, analysis of social networks.

Current research links with Africa: 

  • Developing countries: using economic empirical methods to assess environmental, health, and social policies
  • Sierra Leone, Uganda: conservation of tropical ecosystems and poverty alleviation
  • Uganda: understanding how social networks and behavioural patterns can improve health policy
  • China: Assessing the socio-economic impacts rural land use reform

Potential research topics: Policy evaluation of environmental, health and social programmes use experimental economic methods.

(2019) Unconditional Transfers and Tropical Forest Conservation. Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Sierra Leone, (with Beccy Wilebore, Maarten Voors, Erwin Bulte, and David Coomes), American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 101 (3), 894-918.

(2017) Chief for a Day: Elite Capture and Management Performance in a Field Experiment in Sierra Leone (with M. Voors, T Turley, E. Bulte and J. A. List), Management Science,

(2017) Diffusion of treatment in social networks and mass drug administration. (with Goylette Chami, Erwin Bulte, Alan Fenwick, Narcis Kabatereine, Edridah Tukahebwa, and David Dunne), Nature-Communications, 1929, doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01499-z

Dr Kathelijne Koops (Chimpanzee, Bonobo,Tool use, ) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Affiliated Lecturer; Post-doctoral Researcher Biological Anthropology…

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the use of technology by wild chimpanzees and bonobos. Since 2003, I have been studying the chimpanzees at the Seringbara study site in the Nimba Mountains in Guinea, West Africa. Recently, I have included both East African chimpanzees (Uganda) and bonobos (Democratic Republic of Congo) in an intra- and inter-species comparison of ape technology. I seek to illuminate the roles of the environment, sociality and cognition in shaping the use of technology by our closest living relatives, in order to understand the processes that drive the origins and evolution of human material culture. Increasing the awareness of our close evolutionary links with the African apes provides us with the tools to promote the conservation of our endangered cousins.

Current African links: 

  • Guinea: Institut de Recherche Environnementale de Bossou
  • Uganda: Makerere University, Mbarara University

Furuichi, T.*, Sanz, C.*, Koops, K.*, Sakamaki, T., Ryu, H., Tokuyama, N. and Morgan, D. (2014) Why do wild bonobos not use tools like chimpanzees do? Behaviour (In press) DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003226. *Shared first authors

Koops, K., Schöning, C., McGrew, W.C. and Matsuzawa, T. (2014) Chimpanzees prey on army ants at Seringbara, Nimba Mountains, Guinea: Predation patterns and tool characteristics. American Journal of Primatology (In press) DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22347

Koops, K., McGrew, W.C. and Matsuzawa, T. (2013) Ecology of culture: Do environmental factors influence foraging tool use in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus)? Animal Behaviour 85: 175-185