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 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 Charlotte Paddison (Health Services Research, Health Psychology and Public Health (Chronic Disease)) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Research Associate, Institute of Public Health

Research Interests:

Health services research (measurement of patient experiences, and quality of health care), health psychology (symptom perception, cognitive and emotional representation of illness), and public health (diabetes self-management, evaluation of diabetes screening, psychological impact of population approach to the detection and prevention of chronic disease).

(1)Paddison CA, Elliott MN, Haviland AM, Farley DO, Lyratzopoulos G, Hambarsoomian K, Dembosky JW, Roland MO.

(2) Paddison C Elliott M, Parker R, Staetsky L, Lyratzopoulos G, Campbell JL, Roland M. Should measures of patient experience in primary care be adjusted for case mix? Evidence from the English General Practice Patient Survey. BMJ Qual Saf 2012; 21: 634-640. PubMed.

(3) Paddison CAM, Eborall H, Sutton S, French DP, Vasconcelos J, Prevost AT, Kinmonth AL, Griffin SJ. Are people with negative screening tests for diabetes falsely reassured? A parallel group cohort study embedded in the ADDITION (Cambridge) randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2009;339:b4535.

Dr Isabel Palacios (Developmental Biology and Cell Biology) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
University Senior Research Fellow, and Fellow at St John’s College, Department of Zoology

Research Interests:

Our research group focuses on understanding the genetic, cell biology and biophysics basis of cell polarity and cell fate in a multicellular organism. Experimental biophysicists and biologists are welcome to join us. 

We use Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to understand how cells adopt their fate in both the female and male germline, and how the oocyte is polarised. These are basic cellular processes that are conserved in the development of all organisms. More specifically, the lab has two main lines of research:
1. Cytoplasmic flows and cellular asymmetries in the oocyte
2. Regulation of cell fate and tissue architecture in ovaries and testis


Current African links: I am associated with Kampala Internationa University KIU in Uganda, since an ex-postdoc of mine (Dr. Marta Vicente Crespo) is working there, and we have set up a Drosophila research lab. We organise workshops yearly for graduates, and lecturers.


Dr David Parker (Spinal Cord Neuronal Networks) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Lecutrer, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Research Interests:

My work investigates spinal cord neuronal networks using lower vertebrates as model systems. The aim is to understand how different classes of nerve cell interact to generate rhythmic locomotor outputs. I also examine how spinal cord injury introduces changes in locomotor networks and sensory inputs below lesion sites to influence recovery.

(1) Hoffman N & Parker D (2010) Lesioning alters functional properties in isolated spinal cord hemisegmental networks. Neuroscience 168: 732-43.

(2) Parker D (2010) Neuronal network analyses: premises, promises and uncertainties. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B 365: 2315-28.

(3) Cooke RM & Parker D (2009) Locomotor recovery after spinal cord lesions in the lamprey is associated with functional and ultrastructural changes below lesion sites. J Neurotrauma 26: 597-612.

Dr Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi (HIV, STIs, Global health in Africa) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Lecturer, Institute of Public Health

Research Interests:

Clinical operational research on sustaining HIV services. Including innovations such as mHealth, point of care tests. STI research including gonorrhoea resistance. STI point of care testing including syphilils. Cryptococcal and fungal diseases in Africa

Clinical Evaluation of 2 Point-of-Care Lateral Flow Tests for the Diagnosis of Syphilis. Sex Transm Dis. 2016 DOI: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000498

Sustainable HIV treatment in Africa through viral-load-informed differentiated care Nature 2015; 7580(528):S20-28

Strengthening the “Viral Failure Pathway” JAIDS 2015 DOI: 10.1097/QAI. 0000000000000820

Prof Julian Parkhill (Genomics Of Bacterial Pathogens) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Head of Pathogen Genomics, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Research Interests:

Genomics of human and animal bacterial pathogens; Population genomics; Genotype/phenotype associations; High-throughput phenotype analysis.

Current African Links: We have strong existing links with Wellcome Trust overseas units in Kenya and Malawi, and with the MRC unit in The Gambia. These links involve reciprocal training, exchange of staff and collaborative projects.

(1) Harris SR et al. (2010) Evolution of MRSA during hospital transmission and intercontinental spread. Science, 327, 469-474.

(2) Kingsley RA et al. (2009) Epidemic multiple drug resistant Salmonella Typhimurium causing invasive disease in sub-Saharan Africa have a distinct genotype. Genome Res, 19, 2279-2287.

(3) Langridge GC et al. (2009) Simultaneous assay of every Salmonella Typhi gene using one million transposon mutants. Genome Research, 19, 2308-16.

Professor Gabriel Paternain (Hamiltonian Dynamics & Symplectic Geometry) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Mathematics, Dept of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS)

Research Interests:

Hamiltonian Dynamics and Symplectic Geometry

(1) Cieliebak K et al. Symplectic Topology of Ma

Prof Sharon Peacock (Bacterial Disease Epidemiology) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Clinical Microbiology, Dept of Medicine

Research Interests:

Bacterial diseases research: clinical epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, diagnostic test evaluation, Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, Leptospira spp, leptospirosis, Burkholderia pseudomallei, melioidosis.

Dr Justin Pearce (Civil Conflict, Post-Conflict Politics, Political Identity.) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Teaching associate

Research Interests:

Lusophone and southern Africa, particularly Angola. Civil conflict, post-conflict politics, political identity.

“Control, politics and identity in the Angolan civil war” African Affairs, 111 (444) pp 442-465, July 2012.

“Angola: Changing nationalisms, from war to peace” in Eric Morier-Genoud (ed) Sure road? Nations and Nationalisms in Lusophone Africa. Brill, Leiden, 2012.

“From rebellion to opposition: Unita in Angola and Renamo in Mozambique” in Wafula Okumu and Augustine Ikelegbe (eds), Militias, Rebels and Islamist Militants: Human Insecurity and State Crises in Africa. Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, 2010.

Dr Dora Pereira (Iron supplementation, Anaemia and the Microbiome) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Investigator Scientist, MRC Human Nutrition Research

Research Interests:

The risk-benefit balance of oral iron supplementation and fortification in regions with high infectious disease burden. Impact of oral iron on the gut microbiome in health and enteropathogenic infection.<br /> Iron nutrition and metabolism.

Suggested projects: Safe interventions to address the double burden of iron deficiency anaemia and hookworm infection in resource-poor countries.

Pereira DIA, Bruggraber SFA, Faria N, Poots LK, Tagmount MA, Aslam MF, et al. Nanoparticulate iron(III) oxo-hydroxide delivers safe iron that is well absorbed and utilised in humans. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine. 2014 June 30

Pereira DIA, Aslam MF, Frazer DM, Schmidt A, Walton GE, McCartney AL, et al. Dietary iron depletion at weaning imprints low gut microbiome diversity and this is not recovered with oral nano Fe(III). MicrobiologyOpen. In Press

Aslam MF, Frazer DM, Faria N, Bruggraber SF, Wilkins SJ, Mirciov C, Powell JJ,, Anderson GJ, Pereira DI. Ferroportin mediates the intestinal absorption of iron from a nanoparticulate ferritin core mimetic in mice. Faseb J. 2014 Aug;28(8):3671-8

Dr Mila Petrova (End of life care) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Associate, Institute of Public Health

Research Interests:

Research synthesis (primarily non-standard methods of research synthesis, e.g. qualitative and conceptual syntheses, but also mainstream systematic reviews); end of life care; “difficult conversations” about health and illness; values involved in health decision making; organisational change; behaviour change; interactions between mental health and physical health; philosophy of medicine; philosophy of science.

Petrova, M (2013) (Mis)trusting Health Research Synthesis Studies: Exploring Transformations of 'Evidence'. Available at:

Munday D, Petrova M and Dale J (2009) ‘Exploring preferences for place of death with terminally ill patients’. British Medical Journal, 339:b2391. Available at:

Petrova M, Sutcliffe P, Fulford K W M (Bill) and Dale J (2012) VaST (Values Search Tools): A manual for searching electronic databases for publications on health-related values. Available at:

Dr Emma Pitchforth (Health Services Research) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Leader, RAND Europe; Visiting Senior Research Fellow, IPH, University of Cambridge; Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science

Research Interests:

Health service research; mixed methods research; qualitative research; hospital ethnography; maternal, neonatal and child health; quality of care; global health; globalization and health; emergency care; chronic disease.

Current links with developing countries: I have ongoing links with colleagues in Ghana, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and India

(1) Pitchforth E, Lilford RJ, Kebede Y, Asres G, Stanford C, Frost J. Assessing and understanding quality of care in a labour ward: a pilot study combining clinical and social science perspectives in Gondar, Ethiopia. Social Science & Medicine 2010; 71: 1739-1748.

(2) Al-Attas AH, Williams CD, Pitchforth EL, O?

(3) Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E, Graham W, Dixon-Woods M, Chowdhury M. Getting women to hospital is not enough: a qualitative study of access to emergency obstetric care in Bangladesh. Quality and Safety in Health Care 2006; 15: 214-219.

Dr Branwyn Poleykett (Medical Anthropology - Gender, Sex Work, HIV) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
CRASSH, Social Anthropology

Research Interests:

I am a medical anthropologist specialising in the history and anthropology of science, public health and medical research in sub-Saharan Africa.

Poleykett and Mangesho (submitted, under consideration) “Labour politics and Africanisation at a Tanzanian scientific research institute 1949-1966”

Poleykett (submitted, under consideration) “Data, Desire and Recognition in Dakar: Learning to recognise a prostitute”

Poleykett (forthcoming, 2014) Molecular and Municipal Politics: Research and Regulation in Dakar, in Geissler, W. (Ed.) Changing States of Science: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives on Government, Citizenship and Medical Research in Contemporary Africa

Professor Jaideep Prabhu (International business, marketing, strategy and innovation.) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Marketing, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Research Interests:

International business marketing, strategy and innovation. Specific interests include: cross-national issues concerning the antecedents and consequences of radical innovation in high-technology contexts such as banking, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; the role of firm culture in driving innovation in firms across nations; how multinational firms organise their innovation activities worldwide; the forces that drive R&D location decisions and the factors that influence the performance implications of these decisions; the internationalisation of firms from emerging markets; and innovation in emerging markets.

Visit the 'Jugaad Innovation' website:

Possible project topics
Frugal innovation, inclusive innovation

Current African links
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa

George, G., McGahan, A.M. and Prabhu, J. (2012) "Innovation for inclusive growth: towards a theoretical framework and a research agenda." Journal of Management Studies, 49(4): 661-683 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01048.x)

Radjou, N. and Prabhu, J. (2012) "Mobilizing for growth in emerging markets: to reach the "next billion" consumers, multinational companies will need to move beyond value chain localization and create new networks of local partners." MIT Sloan Management Review, 53(3): 81-88

Radjou, N., Prabhu, J. and Ahuja, S. (2012) Jugaad innovation: think frugal, be flexible, generate breakthrough growth. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Dr Jacobus Preller (Intensive Care) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Consultant Physician and Intensivist; Link lead - Addenbrooke's Abroad

Research Interests:

Intensive Care in the Developing World;
General Medicine in the Developing World;
Fostering relationships between health professionals in the Developing World and Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Dr Ruth Prince (Public Health in Africa) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Research Associate (University of Cambridge) & Research fellow (University of Oslo)

Research Interests:

My research uses ethnographic methods to study how public health in Africa is being reshaped in the shift from state-led to transnational interventions.Future research will develop the ethnography of biomedicine and development in postcolonial Africa by exploring the ethical and moral dilemmas that pervade medicine in ‘resource-poor’ settings and related issues of citizenship, the public good, and professional practice. The regional focus in East Africa.

Current African links:
Collaborating with KEMRI (Kenyan Medical Research Institute)

Prince, RJ & Marsland, R (eds.) 2013. Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa. Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Prince, RJ. 2012. HIV and the Moral Economy of Survival in an East African City. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26(4): 534-556.

Geissler, PW & RJ Prince 2010. ‘The Land is Dying’: Contingency, Creativity and Conflict in Western Kenya. Oxford: Berghahn books.