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.


Dr Shadia Taha (Ethnography , Oral Traditions and Attachment to Abandoned Heritage) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Fellow; Member of (SARS) Sudan Archaeological Research Society, British Museum; Member of (SAS) Sudan Archaeological Society, Khartoum- Sudan.

Research Interests:

Attachment to abandoned heritage: the case of Suakin-Sudan is published by Archaeopress Oxford, UK. in February 2013. She co-edited in 2011 'Historic Cities', proceedings for the 10th Heritage Seminar with Afroditi Chatzoglou, Archontia Polyzoudi, Marie Lousie Stig Sørensen. Currently, she is co-editing the Proceedings of the African Conference: 'Connections, contribution and complexity: Africa's later Holocene in global context'. In 2004, she co-edited 'Fifty years in the Archaeology of Africa: Themes in archaeological theory and practice', in: 'Papers in honour of John Alexander, with G. Wahida, S., Laurence Smith and Pamela Rose'.

Dr Justice Tankebe (Legitimacy, criminal justice, vigilantism, death penalty, corruption) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Lecturer in Criminology, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Research Interests:

Policing, Criminal Justice, Sentencing, Legitimacy and legitimation, Corruption, Death Penalty, and Vigilantism.

Current African links: Collaborating with Dr. Peter Atudiwe (University of Ghana) and Dr. Kofi Boakye (Anglia Ruskin University) on Cambridge-Africa funded project on death penalty in Ghana


Tankebe, J. (2014) The Making of Democracy's Champions: Police Support for Democracy in Ghana. Special Issue of Criminology & Criminal Justice 14(1): 25-43

Tankebe, J. and Liebling A. (2013) (eds.) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Bottoms, A. E and Tankebe, J. (2013) 'Voice Within': Power-holders' Perspectives on Authority and Legitimacy. In J. Tankebe and A. Liebling (eds.) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Dr Laura Torrente (Catalysis, chemical engineering, sustainable energy) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Reader in Reaction Engineering and Catalysis…

Research Interests:

Heterogeneous catalysis Synthesis of nanoparticles for a wide range of applications Sustainable chemical processes Sustainable energy vectors - for example, ammonia

Dr Flavio Toxvaerd (The Economics Of Infectious Disease) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Lecturer, Faculty of Economics

Research Interests:

The economics of infectious disease. Optimal control of epidemics. Externalities and decentralisation of control policies.

(1) Torok ME et al. Immune reconstitution disease of the central nervous system. Curr Opinions HIV/AIDS 2008; 3: 438

Professor Caroline Trotter (Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Vaccines, TB, Meningitis ) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Principal Research Associate, Disease Dynamics Unit, Dept of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests:

I am in infectious disease epidemiologist with a particular interest in vaccine-preventable diseases and bacterial meningitis in particular. I use a variety of methods including mathematical modelling, cost-effectiveness studies, analyses of large databases, and clinical studies including carriage and seroprevalence surveys.

(1) Trotter CL, Yaro S, Njanpop-Lafourcade B-M, Drabo A, Kroman SS, Idahou RS, Sanou O, Bowen L, Findlow H, Diagbouga S, Gessner BD, Borrow R, Mueller JE. Seroprevalence of bactericidal, specific IgG antibodies and incidence of meningitis due to group A Neisseria meningitidis by age in Burkina Faso 2008. PLOS ONE 2013. 8 (2), e55486

(2) Irving T, Blyuss K, Colijn C, Trotter CL. Modelling meningococcal meningitis in the African meningitis belt. Epidemiol & Infect 2012;140(5):897-905.

(3) Trotter CL, Greenwood BM. Meningococcal carriage studies in the African meningitis belt: a review. Lancet Infect Dis. 2007; 7(12): 797-803

Dr Suzanne Turner (Childhood cancer: understanding mechanisms of disease pathogenesis to develop less toxic therapies) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Reader, Department of Pathology

Research Interests:

My research interests lie in understanding mechanisms of childhood cancer development in order to develop kinder, less toxic therapies and non-invasive methods for monitoring disease. In particular, my lab has been studying mechanisms of pathogenesis of the T cell lymphoma, Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma for many years and more recently Burkitts lymphoma with an emphasis on disease evolution. In addition, we are conducting research to look at why children with Anaplastic Lymphoma kinase (ALK) expressing malignancies including lymphoma and neuroblastoma develop resistance to therapy

The targetable kinase PIM1 drives ALK inhibitor resistance in high-risk neuroblastoma independent of MYCN status
Nature Communications volume 10, Article number: 5428 (2019):

Anaplastic large cell lymphoma arises in thymocytes and requires transient TCR expression for thymic egress. Malcolm TI, Villarese P, Fairbairn CJ, Lamant L, Trinquand A, Hook CE, Burke GA, Brugières L, Hughes K, Payet D, Merkel O, Schiefer AI, Ashankyty I, Mian S, Wasik M, Turner M, Kenner L, Asnafi V, Macintyre E, Turner SD. Nat Commun. 2016 Jan 12;7:10087. doi: 10.1038/ncomms10087.

Anaplastic large cell lymphoma-propagating cells are detectable by side population analysis and possess an expression profile reflective of a primitive origin. Moti N, Malcolm T, Hamoudi R, Mian S, Garland G, Hook CE, Burke GA, Wasik MA, Merkel O, Kenner L, Laurenti E, Dick JE, Turner SD. Oncogene. 2015 Apr 2;34(14):1843-52. doi: 10.1038/onc.2014.112.

Challenging perspectives on the cellular origins of lymphoma. Malcolm TI, Hodson DJ, Macintyre EA, Turner SD. Open Biol. 2016 Sep;6(9). pii: 160232.