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 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: University of Ghana/WACCBIP, Accra, Ghana and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya.

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 Amit Roshan (ctDNA) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
CRUK Clinician Scientist & Honorary Consultant Surgical Oncologist

Research Interests:

Early Detection strategies for cancer using circulating tumour DNA