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 Jenneke van der Wal (Language, Bantu Languages and Applied Linguistics) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Research Associate, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Research Interests:

morphosyntax, Bantu languages, information structure, language typology

Dr Hendrik van Veen (Drug Binding & Transport In Cancer Cells & Pathogens) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
University Senior Lecturer, Dept of Pharmacology

Research Interests:

I have built up an enthusiastic and productive research group focusing on the structural and functional mechanisms of drug binding and transport by multidrug transporters in cancers cells and pathogenic microorganisms. My long-term aim is to design new and better drugs that circumvent the drug pump activity of these transporters, or that are able to modulate or reverse their transport activity.

Possible project topics: Any of the topics listed on my website is open for collaboration.

(1) Gutmann DAP et al. (2009) Understanding polyspecificity of multidrug ABC transporters: closing in on the gaps in ABCB1. Trends in Biochemical Sciences. In Press. DOI: 10.1016/j.tibs.2009.07.009. (2) Velamakanni S et al. (2009) A multidrug ABC transporter with a taste for salt. PLoS One 4:e6137. (3) Velamakanni S et al. (2008) Multidrug transport by the ABC transporter Sav1866 from Staphylococcus aureus. Biochemistry 47: 9300-9308.

Dr Alain Vuylsteke (Information Technology, Anaesthesia & Intensive Care) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge

Research Interests:

Our research collaboration investigates the impact of IT on the delivery of intensive care. So far, our team of Papworth Hospital clinical staff and computer scientists, social psychologists and organisational researchers at the University of Cambridge have studied the deployment of a commercial practitioner-customisable clinical information system (CIS). We are now working towards informing the design, development and deployment of open-source, practitioner-customisable clinical information systems to support the care of critically-ill patients in limited-resource countries.

Existing developing country link: Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) -

(1) Morrison et al: Report on existing open-source electronic medical records

(2) Morrison C, Blackwell A, Vuylsteke A: Practitioner-Customizable Clinical Information Systems: a case-study to ground further research and development opportunities. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, (In press).

(3) Morrison C, Jones M, Blackwell A, & Vuylsteke A. Electronic patient record use during ward rounds: a qualitative study of interaction between medical staff. Critical Care 2008; 12:R148.