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 collaborator: Please be aware that any enquiries about potential collaboration with a Cambridge researcher need to be directed to one of the Cambridge-Africa Programme staff  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 Julian Rayner (Host-Parasite Interactions At The Molecular Level In Malaria) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Group Leader, Malaria Programme, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Research Interests:

My lab works on host-parasite interactions during the blood stages of Plasmodium falciparum development, with a particular focus on erythrocyte invasion. We use new high throughput sequencing and phenotyping platforms in combination with traditional experimental genetic approaches to understand interactions at a molecular level, with the goal of providing new biological insights and improved strategies for malaria disease prevention.

Possible project topics: Several projects are possible in this general area, and all would involve learning the phenotyping platform at Sanger and potentially transferring the knowledge and platform back to the partner institution.

Current African links: MalariaGen consortium (some members are also in the THRiVE network).

Mohammad Razai (Medicine and Blindness) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Trainee doctor and academic researcher, St Edmund’s College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge, CB3 0BN

Research Interests:

Public health related areas in the sub-Saharan Africa in particular the burden of blindness due to glaucoma and cataract. 

Current work:
On-going collaboration and work on glaucoma in Botswana with Dr Nkomazana, Dr Charles Odour and Dr Hu.

 Further contact details:

Glaucoma in African population
Prevalence of blindness in Sub-Saharan Africa

The capacity of eye care services for patients with glaucoma in Botswana. Journal of Ophthalmic Epidemiology (submitted)

Characteristics of diagnosed glaucoma patients, presenting to Botswana Health Care facilities over 1 year. Journal of Glaucoma (submitted)

Dr Mark Reacher (Infection Epidemiology) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Consultant Epidemiologist at the Health Protection Agency and affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge Dept of Public Health & Primary Care

Research Interests:

Infection Epidemiology.

Current African links: Supervision of Ghanaian and Kenyan Nationals at Masters Level and one at doctoral level.

(1) Ngondi J et al. Trachoma survey methods: a literature review. Bull World Health Organ 2009; 87(2): 143-151.

(2) Morgan O et al. Personal protective equipment and risk for avian influenza (H7N3). Emerg Infect Dis 2009; 15(1): 59-62.

(3) Reacher M et al.; Lewes Flood Action Recovery Team. Health impacts of flooding in Lewes: a comparison of reported gastrointestinal and other illness and mental health in flooded and non-flooded households. Commun Dis Public Health. 2004 Mar; 7(1): 39-46.

Dr Marcus Redley (Human Rights & Intellectual Disability) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group, Dept of Psychiatry

Research Interests:

Citizenship and the human rights of adults with intellectual disabilities.

Possible project topics: Improving the health and social support provided to adults with intellectual disabilities.

(1) Redley M (2009) Understanding the social exclusion and stalled welfare of citizens with learning disabilities, Disability & Society, 24,4 489-501.

(2) Redley M (2008) Citizens with learning disabilities and the right to vote, Disability & Society, 23,4,375-384.

(3) Redley M and Weinberg D (2007) Learning disability and the limits of liberal citizenship: Interactional impediments to political empowerment, Sociology of Health and Illness, 29,5,767-786.

Dr Alice Reid (Demography, Population & Social Structure) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Dept of Geography

Research Interests:

The demography of the British Isles and further afield over the last two centuries, with particular interest in the determinants and measurement of infant and child mortality, maternal and child health, and fertility, using individual level data sources including census enumerators?

(1) Reid A et al (2006) Vulnerability among illegitimate children in nineteenth century Scotland. Annales de Demographie Historique no. 111, 2006-1: 89-113.

(2) Reid A (2006) Health visitors and enlightened motherhood. In: Infant mortality: a continuing social problem? Eilidh Garrett, Chris Galley, Nicola Shelton and Robert Woods (eds), Ashgate, pp.191-210.

(3) Reid A (2005) The effects of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic on infant and child health in Derbyshire. Medical History, 49(1): 29-54.

Dr Olivier Restif (Infectious Disease Dynamics & Mathematical Models) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Royal Society Research Fellow, Dept of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests:

Infectious disease dynamics. Mathematical models. Population dynamics. Evolutionary ecology.

Possible project topics: Ecology of zoonotic infectious diseases. Would like to help the development of mathematical biology in African universities by promoting interactions between applied mathematicians and biologists.

Current African links: Involved in collaboration between UK (Cambridge/London) and Ghana on bat ecology and zoonotic infections.

(1) Grant AJ et al. 2008. Modeling within-host spatiotemporal dynamics of invasive bacterial disease. PLOS Biology 6:e74.

(2) Restif O and Grenfell BT. 2007. Vaccination and the dynamics of immune evasion. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 4: 143-53.

(3) Restif O and Koella JC. 2004. Concurrent evolution of resistance and tolerance to pathogens. The American Naturalist 164:E90-E102.

Dr Thomas Reynolds (Low-cost thermoplastics for orthotic devices) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Associate

Research Interests:

My research background is in structural engineering, but I look to apply the principles of structural engineering in their widest sense, in applications ranging from small plants to skyscrapers. In particular, this project relates to the study of plastics for use to create moulded supports for the body - orthotic devices.

Prof Margaret Robinson (Understanding How The Hiv-Encoded Protein, Nef, Affects The Trafficking Of Proteins Within A Host Cell) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (Dept of Clinical Biochemistry)

Research Interests:

Our research is mainly basic cell biology, trying to understand how proteins are trafficked to the correct part of the cell. We use a range of approaches including microscopy, molecular biology, flow cytometry, biochemistry (including mass spectrometry), and genome-wide RNAi library screening. One of our interests is how the HIV-encoded protein, Nef, hijacks the normal trafficking machinery to change the localisation of different host cell proteins.

Possible project topics: (student or postdoc) an investigation into how Nef changes the protein composition of both the plasma membrane and clathrin-coated vesicles. We are well set up for comparative proteomics, and this would provide training in a number of different techniques.

(1) Robinson MS et al. (2010). Rapid inactivation of proteins by rapamycin-induced rerouting to mitochondria. Dev. Cell 18: 324-331.

(2) Lubben NB et al. (2007). HIV-1 Nef-induced down regulation of MHC Class I requires AP-1 and clathrin but not PACS-1 and is impeded by AP-2. Mol Biol. Cell 18: 3351-3365.

(3) Borner GHH M. et al. (2006). Comparative proteomics of clathrin-coated vesicles. J. Cell Biol. 175: 571-578.

Dr Kai Ruggeri (Policy In Health & Innovation) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Associate, Institute of Public Health; Visiting Researcher, Engineering Design Centre (Inclusive Design for Health); Affiliate, Centre for Science and Policy; Well-being Institute

Research Interests:

Current: Evidence-based policy in health and innovation, primarily public health, mental health and sport/physical activity. Primarily quantitative with some qualitative/systematic review. Previous: Policy development in post-conflict regions, primarily former Yugoslavia, focusing on education and provision of health care to marginal groups and IDPs.

Possible project topics: Happy to help with any needs, though largely interested in helping with analysis or planning of new research.

Current links with Africa and other developing countries: In Africa, I continue to supervise a former student who is currently working on a research project for the UNDP office in Johannesburg. Additionally, I regularly contribute to organisations in the Balkans focusing on education, health and human rights.

(1) Macher, D., P

(2) Papousek, I., Ruggeri, K., Macher, D., P

(3) Ruggeri, K., de Azevedo, F., Bechard-Torres, E., Joyce, C., Jurkevi