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 Maja Wallberg (The effects of diabetic hyperglycemia on adaptive immune responses) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Group Leader, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge

Research Interests:

I am interested in processes that lead to the destruction of beta cells in type 1 diabetes, and the pharmacology of compounds that target the destructive inflammation.

Recino A, Barkan K, Wong FS, Ladds G, Cooke A, Wallberg M.
Hyperglycaemia does not affect antigen-specific activation and cytolytic killing by CD8+ T cells in vivo.
Biosci Rep. 2017 Aug 30;37(4). pii: BSR20171079. doi: 10.1042/BSR20171079. Print 2017 Aug 31. PMID: 28798194

Wallberg M, Recino A, Phillips J, Howie D, Vienne M, Paluch C, Azuma M, Wong FS, Waldmann H, Cooke A. Anti-CD3 treatment up-regulates programmed cell death protein-1 expression on activated effector T cells and severely impairs their inflammatory capacity. Immunology. 2017 Jun;151(2):248-260. doi: 10.1111/imm.12729. Epub 2017 Mar 16.
PMID: 28211040

Barbera Betancourt A, Emery JL, Recino A, Wong FS, Cooke A, Okkenhaug K, Wallberg M.
Inhibition of Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase p110delta Does Not Affect T Cell Driven Development of Type 1 Diabetes Despite Significant Effects on Cytokine Production.
PLoS One. 2016 Jan 19;11(1):e0146516. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146516. eCollection 2016.
PMID: 26783747

Dr Ross Waller (Protisan parasite evolution) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Reader in Cell Biology and Evolution

Research Interests:

I am interested in the diversity of protists, and how cell adaptations have allowed changes of lifestyle, including development of opportunistic and obligate parasitism. In particular I compare the cell biology of known important parasites, in particular apicomplexan parasites, with that of related organisms that might not necessarily be parasitic. The biology that my group are currently focusing on includes: evolution and function of endosymbiotic organelles, mitochondria and plastids; invasion machinery and processes of apicomplexan parasites; and protein trafficking and compartmentalisation.

Wall, R.J, Roques, M., Katris, N.J., Koreny, L., Stanway, R.R., Brady, D., Waller, R.F. and Tewari, R. (2016) SAS6-like protein in Plasmodium indicates that conoid-associated apical complex proteins persist in invasive stages within the mosquito vector. Sci. Rep. 6:28604, PMID: 27339728

Gornik, S.G., Febrimarsa, Cassin, A., MacRae, J.I., Ramaprasad, A., Rchiad, Z., McConville, M.J., Bacic, A., McFadden, G.I., Pain, A. and Waller, R.F. (2015) Endosymbiosis undone by stepwise elimination of the plastid in a parasitic dinoflagellate. PNAS 112: 5767-72, PMID: 25902514

Katris, N.J., van Dooren, G.G., McMillan, P.J., Hanssen, E., Tilley, L. and Waller, R.F. (2014) The apical complex provides a regulated gateway for secretion of invasion factors in Toxoplasma. PLOS Pathog. 10: e1004074, PMID: 24743791

Dr Fiona Walter (Diagnosing breast and cervical cancer earlier) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Principal Researcher in Primary Care Cancer Research, Department of Public Health & Primary Care, University of Cambridge

Research Interests:

- timely diagnosis of cancer - patient experience before, during and after cancer diagnosis - diagnostics in primary care - qualitative methods

Current African links:

Supervision of Dr Amos Mwaka, who was a THRiVE PhD fellow from 2010-16. The programme of work involves improving timely diagnosis of symptomatic breast and cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa. 






Walter FM, Mills K, Mendonca S, Abel G, Basu B, Carroll N, Hamilton W, Rubin GP, Emery JD. Pancreatic cancer: a prospective cohort study of symptoms and patient factors associated with diagnostic intervals and stage at diagnosis. Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology October 4, 2016 [epub ahead of print].

Usher-Smith JA, Emery J, Hamilton W, Griffin S, Walter FM. Risk prediction tools for cancer in primary care. Br J Cancer. 2015;113(12):1645-50. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2015.409.

Hamilton W, Walter FM, Rubin G, Neal RD. Improving early diagnosis of symptomatic cancer. Nature Reviews Clin Oncol. 2016 Jul 26. doi: 10.1038/nrclinonc.2016.109. [Epub ahead of print]

Dr Christopher Warnes (Postcolonial studies, African literatures, the novel, contemporary culture.) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of English. Fellow, St John's College

Research Interests:

Postcolonial and related literature. Current Africa links: CAPREx collaborator to Prof Abbasi Kiyimba on project 'Gender stereotypes in the oral literature of two Ugandan communities', and to Prof Ernest Okello Ogwang on project 'The East African Literature Bureau (EALB) and the making of modern East African Literature'.

Dr Timothy Weil (Cellular mechanisms of the oocyte-to-embryo transition) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Lecturer, Department of Zoology

Research Interests:

To test how mRNA translation is regulated in space and time. The overall objective of the work is to understand the cellular mechanisms underpinning the spatiotemporal coordination of the oocyte-to-embryo transition.

Possible project topics:
Drosophila as a model for human disease

Current African links:
Kampala International University - Western Campus


Weil T. T., Parton R. M., Herpers B., Soetaert J., Veenendaal T., Xanthakis D., Dobbie I., Halstead J. M., Hayashi R., Rabouille C., Davis I.: Drosophila patterning is established by differential association of mRNA with P bodies. Nat Cell Biol.; 14(12) 1305-13 Dec. (2012)

Weil T. T., Xanthakis D, Parton R., Dobbie I., Rabouille C., Gavis E. R., Davis I.: Distinguishing direct from indirect roles for bicoid mRNA localization factors. Development; 137: 169-76. Jan. (2010)

Weil T. T., Parton R. M., Davis I., Gavis E. R: Changes in bicoid mRNA anchoring highlight conserved mechanisms during the oocyte-to-embryo transition. Curr Biol.;18: 1055-61. Jul. (2008)

Dr Daniel Wheeler (Chronic Pain & Clinical Safety In East Africa) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
University Lecturer in Anaesthesia, Dept of Medicine

Research Interests:

Possible project topics: I could offer two potential research strands. One would be research into chronic pain syndromes in East Africa, the other examining the challenges to and means of improving patient safety in East Africa.

Dr Emma Wild-Wood (History, Christianity, Migration, Identity) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Director, Henry Martyn Centre, Affiliated lecturer, Divinity Faculty.

Research Interests:

History of Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa, especially DR Congo and Uganda. I am particularly interested in issues of identity change, migration, reconceptualising the historiography of African Christianity.

Possible project topics: I have been approached by the l’Université Anglicane du Congo and the diocese of Kigali to facilitate similar support to that given to the Ngoma project (below), and specifically to aid African researchers in archive and oral history collection and analysis. Discussions are at an early stage.

Current African links: Visiting lecturer at l’Université Anglicane du Congo, Bunia and Uganda Christian University, Mukono (last visited May, June 2013).

The East African Revival: History and Legacies, edited with Kevin Ward, Kampala, Fountain, 2010, and Ashgate 2012.

Migration and Christian Identity in Congo, Leiden, Brill, 2008, ISBN 978 90 04 16464 2, pp. i-xvii, 1-235.

Powerful Words: Reading the diary of a Ganda Priest’, Studies in World Christianity 18.2 (2012), 134-153.

Dr Ian Wilkinson (Biological pathways, systemic hypertension, arteriosclerosis) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Reader and Honorary Consultant, Director, Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit, Vascular Research Clinics/Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital

Research Interests:

Ian Wilkinson is a BHF Senior Clinical Research Fellow, and Director of the Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit, which has a focus on experimental medicine and early phase trials. He has a strong track record in Experimental and Translational Medicine and leads a research group that focuses on understanding the biological pathways underlying systemic hypertension and arteriosclerosis. He brings expertise in vascular physiology/pharmacology, and trial design. He has played a key role in developing the Cambridge PhD and MPhil training programme in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, and led the development and recent NIHR-accreditation of the Clinical Trials Unit. His group has active collaborations with biomedical engineering, matrix biology, chemistry, and imaging.

Possible project topics: Hypertension, salt and pregnancy.

Mahendru AA, Everett TR, Wilkinson IB, Lees CC & McEniery CM. (2012). Maternal cardiovascular changes from pre-pregnancy to very early pregnancy. J Hypertens 30, 2168-72.

Elkhawad M, Rudd JHF, Sarov-Blat L, Cai G, Wells R, Davies LC, Collier DJ, Marber MS, Choudhury RP, Fayad ZA, Tawakol A, Gleeson FV, Lepore JJ, Davis B, Willette RN, Wilkinson IB, Sprecher DL & Cheriyan J. (2012). Effects of p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Inhibition on Vascular and Systemic Inflammation in Patients With Atherosclerosis. JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging 5, 911-922.

Hayman Chirinos JA, Kips JG, Roman MJ, Medina-Lezama J, Li Y, Woodiwiss AJ, Norton GR, Yasmin, Van Bortel L, Wang JG, Cockcroft JR, Devereux RB, Wilkinson IB, Segers P & McEniery CM. (2011). Ethnic Differences in Arterial Wave Reflections and Normative Equations for Augmentation Index. Hypertension 57, 1108-1116.

Mrs Elaine Wilson (Teacher education, Educational leadership, mentoring and coaching ) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education

Research Interests:

Teacher education. Mentoring and Coaching new professionals. Leadership in education, Research methods training.

Wilson, E (2013) with Robert Klassen, Angela S. Y. Fiu , Wanwisa Hannok , Marina Wong , and Nongkran Wongsri. Work Stress and Occupational Commitment of Pre-Service Teachers in Four Countries: The Mediating Effect of Self-Efficacy. European Journal of Psychology of Education

HEA.Supporting research-informed teacher education in a changing policy environment. Learning to Teach. September 2013

Wilson, E. (2012) School-based Research: A Guide for Education Students. 2nd Edition. London, Sage.

Dr Shona Wilson (Schistosomiasis, parasitology, immunology, epidemiology) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Lecturer, Department of Pathology

Research Interests:

I am interested in the human immune response to schistosome infections. I use epidemiological tools to control for confounding factors, allowing immune mechanisms to be dissected. The main foci of my current research are the development of anti-fecundity immunity, which reduces the number of eggs produced by mating parasite pairs, potentially reducing morbidity, and the mechanisms of immuno-pathology. I conduct research on both Schistosoma haematobium and S. mansoni infection.

Current African links:
National Institute of Medical Research – Mwanza, Tanzania
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
Vector Control Division, Department of Health, Kampala, Uganda
Institut National de Recherche en Santé Publique, Bamako, Mali

Wilson S, Jones FM, van Dam GJ, Corstjens PL, Riveau G, Fitzsimmons CM, Sacko M, Vennervald BJ, Dunne DW. Human Schistosoma haematobium anti-fecundity immunity is dependent on transmission intensity and is associated with Immunoglobulin G1 to worm-derived antigens. J Inf Disease (epub ahead of print).

Wilson S, Jones FM, Kenty L-C, Mwatha JK, Kimani G, Kariuki HC, Dunne DW (2014). Post-treatment changes in cytokines induced by Schistosoma mansoni egg and worm antigens: dissociation of immunity and morbidity associated type-2 responses. J Inf Disease 209: 1792-1800.

Wilson S, Jones FM, Fofana HKM, Doucouré A, Landouré A, Kimani G, Mwatha JK, Sacko M, Vennervald BJ, Dunne DW (2013). Rapidly boosted plasma IL-5 induced by treatment of human schistosomiasis haematobium is dependent on antigen dose, IgE and eosinophils. PLoS NTD 7: e2149.

Dr Edward Wilson-Lee (Literature, theatre, Shakespeare.) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Director of Studies in English, Sidney Sussex College

Research Interests:

My main area of work is on Medieval and Early Modern literature, but I am currently working on a book on the reception, translation, and performance of Shakespeare in East Africa from the nineteenth century to the present day. I am also interested in East African literary culture more generally.

 I grew up in Kenya and have extensive personal connections in Kenya and Tanzania. I have also developed a relationship with members of the Makerere English Department in Kampala, where I was a visiting scholar in 2012, and with members of the British Council and local cultural figures in South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Dr Mark Winterbottom (Assessment, Classroom Environment, Teacher Education) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Lecturer in Education, Faculty of Education

Research Interests:

I am interested in work in teacher education, inquiry based science education and classroom environment.


Prof James Wood (Dynamics & Epidemiology Of Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science, Dept of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests:

My interests lie in the dynamics of infections from cellular to population level. Three main areas: dynamics of the generation of viral variants within hosts and during transmission; lyssavirus and henipavirus infections in African bats; and bovine Tuberculosis control. Programme on pandemic H1N1 infection in pigs and farmers.

Possible project topics: Topics in influenza, viral emergence from animal and wildlife reservoirs and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. Broad expressions of interest are welcome.

Current African links: Close collaborations in Ghana (University of Ghana; Wildlife & Veterinary Services). Other links in Malawi, S Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon.

(1) Park AW et al. (2009) Quantifying the impact of immune escape on transmission dynamics of influenza. Science 326, 726-8.

(2) Hayman DTS et al. (2008) Evidence of Henipavirus Infection in West African Fruit Bats. PLOS One 3 (7); e2739.

(3) Hayman DTS et al. (2008) Antibodies against Lagos Bat Virus in Megachiroptera from West Africa. Emerging Infectious Diseases 14, 926-8.

Dr Gavin Wright (Cell Surface Protein Interactions In Pathogenesis Of Malaria) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Investigator, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Research Interests:

Cell surface protein interactions in pathogenesis of Malaria. Erythrocyte and heptatocyte invasion, fertilisation. Other host-pathogen cell surface interactions.

Possible project topics: Screening of Malaria patient sera (particularly longitudinal samples) against recombinant merozoite (or sporozoite) surface proteins to look for correlates of humoral protection.