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.


Prof Cahir O'Kane (Drosophila as a cheap and convenient model organism for training and fundamental research in biomedicine and genetic diseases) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor, Department of Genetics

Research Interests:

- Use of Drosophila as a model genetic system for human neurological diseases - Axon degeneration - Drosophila genetics - Axonal endoplasmic reticulum and its physiological roles and roles in axon degeneration

Drosophila SPG12 ortholog, reticulon-like 1, governs presynaptic ER organization and Ca2+ dynamics, 2023, DOI: 10.1083/jcb.202112101

Axonal Endoplasmic Reticulum Dynamics and Its Roles in Neurodegeneration, 2020, DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00048

Modeling of axonal endoplasmic reticulum network by spastic paraplegia proteins, 2017, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.23882

Dr. Gabriel Okello (Tackling air pollution in rapidly urbanising African cities through a collaborative participatory transdisciplinary approach) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Associate…

Research Interests:

1. Applying collaborative participatory approaches, working with local stakeholders to co-design evidence informed pathways to address air pollution. 2. Strengthening cross-regional air quality networks to enable collective learning, and knowledge sharing across African cities and countries. 3. Increasing air quality data access through contextualised low-cost air quality monitoring approaches, data management tools, and modelling in 4. Advancing participatory, inclusive and evidence-informed advocacy for improved collaboration, awareness and education on air quality issues 5. Integrating air pollution into health management

Okello G, Nantanda R, Awokola B, et al. Air quality management strategies in Africa: A scoping review of the content, context, co-benefits and unintended consequences. Environ Int. 2023;171:107709. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2022.107709

1. Babatunde Awokola ,Gabriel Okello, Olatunji Johnson et al. 2022. Longitudinal Ambient PM2.5 Measurement at Fifteen Locations in Eight Sub-Saharan African Countries Using Low-Cost Sensors.

4. Singh A, Dobbie F, Kinnunen T.I, Okello G, Semple S, Okyere P B, Logo D D, Lartey K F, McNeil A, J Britton, Bauld L, Owusu-Dabo E. 2021. Adherence to smoke-free policies in Ghana: Findings from a cross-sectional survey of hospitality venue owners and staff. Journal: Tob. Prev. Cessation.

Dr Tolu Oni (Public health, urban health) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Clinical Senior Research Associate, MRC Epidemiology unit

Research Interests:

Upstream determinants of health in the context of rapidly growing cities in Africa


Scopus Author ID: 26658541700

Dr Willem Ouwehand (Platelet Biology & Cardiovascular Disease) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
University Reader in Platelet Biology and Genetics, Dept of Haematology and

Research Interests:

The main interest of my group is the relationship between sequence variation and the traits of count, volume and function of platelets. Our programme is highly relevant to cardiovascular diseases and research on platelet formation and megakaryopoiesis.

Possible project topics: Studies of platelet function in relation to atherothrombosis in patients with Sickle Cell disease.

(1) O'Connor MN et al. (2009) Functional genomics in zebrafish permits rapid characterization of novel platelet membrane proteins. Blood, 113, 4754-4762.

(2) Soranzo N et al. (2009) A novel variant on chromosome 7q22.3 associated with mean platelet volume, counts, and function. Blood, 113, 3831-3837.

(3) Soranzo N et al. (2009) A meta-analysis of eight hematological parameters identifies 22 associated loci and extensive disease pleiotropy on chromosome 12q24. Nat Genet, 41, 1182 - 1190.