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.

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 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 George Roberts (African decolonisation and the Cold War in global perspective) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College

Research Interests:

I'm a historian of contemporary East Africa, especially Tanzania and Comoros. I'm interested in history of state-making and decolonisation in the region, situated in a global and transnational perspective. My present research project concerns revolutionary politics in Dar es Salaam. Future work will be on the decolonisation of Comoros and the impact of the oil crisis on Africa in the 1970s.