AAS Affiliates Cohort 3

Dr. Jewelna E.B. Akorli

Dr Akorli is a Research Fellow at the Department of Parasitology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Ghana. She is also a Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2019) at the DELTAS Africa funded West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), and the Cambridge-Africa Partnership for Research Excellence (CAPREx) (2017-2018). She holds a BSc degree in Zoology from the University of Ghana and, a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Dr. Akorli has broad interests in mosquito-borne disease and Neglected Tropical Disease research. She aims to contribute to understanding host-vector-parasite interactions by applying the in-depth information that can be obtained from using genomic tools. Her current projects under the WACCBIP and CAPREx Fellowships investigate interactions between environment, mosquito vectors, symbionts, human host and mosquito-borne parasites, to increase knowledge and advance efforts in new strategies for disease control in endemic settings. She is also currently a co-investigator on the NIH-NIAID-funded Tropical Medicine Research Centre grant award at NMIMR.

Jewelna has 11 publications (2011-2017) in peer-reviewed journals, and has participated in several international conferences and workshops. She is passionate about strengthening research and development in Africa, and was an invited speaker at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2017 in Washington DC. Dr. Akorli is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Ghana and currently supervises 2 undergraduate, and 2 MPhil students.


Esmael Ali is an established researcher within the field of trachoma and has already demonstrated extremely promising potential in collaborating internationally with researchers to build evidence bases to combat the disease. I have a robust professional training on health care research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK both during my MSc and PhD training. I have also adequate community work experience as I have been involved in a leading role in various partnership research projects in my country Ethiopia. Within the next few years I aspire to be an independent eye care researcher based in Ethiopia.


Anye Vitalis

Dr Vitalis holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics from the University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon (2004), an MSc (2011) and a PhD (2015) in Materials Science and Engineering from African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja, Nigeria. He has grown in his career in teaching and research in the field of energy materials to the position of Lecturer I at the Faculty of Engineering in Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria. In this faculty, he currently teaches courses and supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the departments of Civil Engineering and Electrical-Electronics Engineering. He was a World Bank-Step B/ African Development Bank (AfDB) and African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) scholar at AUST from 2010 to 2015.

Dr. Vitalis is currently a Pan African Materials Institute (PAMI) scholar at AUST. He is involved in different research and training activities organized by the institute. PAMI is one of the World Bank/Africa Centers of Excellence program hosted at AUST. His research interests are in the field of organic optoelectronic structures-the effect of pressure and adhesion on their performance; nanomechanics with the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), for the modeling and simulation of nanostructures and thin films; and hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells and light emitting devices based on perovskite structures. To date, he has about 12 scientific articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals.

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Prof Abdon Atangana

Prof Atangana is a full professor at the UFS. He obtained his PhD degree in applied mathematics from the University of Free State in 2013. He serves as reviewer of more than 200 international accredited journals and has been awarded the world champion of peer review twice, in 2016 and 2017. He is editor in more than 20 journals of applied mathematics and mathematics and editor in chief of 2 international journals. He has been Lead guest editor of more than 10 special issues in top international accredited journals of  applied mathematics  He has presented and participated in more than 20 international conferences and has been invited as plenary speaker in more than 10 international conferences of applied mathematics.

His research interests are methods and applications of partial and ordinary differential equations, fractional differential equations, perturbation methods, asymptotic methods, iterative methods, and groundwater modelling.

Prof Atangana is the founder of the fractional calculus with non-local and non-singular kernels popular in applied mathematics today. Since 2013, he has published more than 171 international accredited journals of applied mathematics, applied physics, geo-hydrology and biomathematics and 3 Chapter in books. He is also the single author of two books in Academic Press Elsevier with title “A derivative with new parameter: Theory, methods and applications, 2016” and “Fractional Operators with Constant and Variable Order with Application to Geo-hydrology 2017. 2 PhD and 6 masters have been completed under his supervision.

He introduced the following mathematics operators:

  1. Atangana-Baleanu fractional derivatives
  2. Atangana-Baleanu fractional integral.
  3. Atangana derivative with memory.
  4. Atangana-Beta integral.
  5. Beta derivative.
  6. Atangana fractional derivative with two order in Caputo sense.
  7. Atangana fractional derivative with two order in Riemann-Liouville sense.
  8. Atangana-Gomez fractional differential operators with three order

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Dr El-Gendy

Dr El-Gendy is an Associate Professor of Bio-Organic Chemistry at Benha University, Egypt. He received his PhD from University of Florida (USA) in 2010. After that he joined the Scripps Research Institute as a Research Associate. His training as a synthetic chemist, both in Egypt and USA, prepared him for a career in drug discovery. The main focus of Dr. El-Gendy’s research group is drug design and organic synthesis. He designs and synthesize novel small organic molecules as modulators of nuclear hormone receptors for the therapeutic treatment of cancer and fatty liver diseases. Also, he develops small molecules that can act as anti-viral agents against HCV, ZIKV, and other microbes.He has a wide international collaboration with scientists from UK, UAE, and Egypt. Dr. El-Gendy incorporates computational methods such as quantitative structure activity relationships, pharmacophore modeling, and virtual screening in his drug discovery pipeline to accelerate the process of drug discovery and optimization.

Dr. El-Gendy is the recipient of several awards including: Certificate of Outstanding Achievement from University of Florida (2008 and 2010), Proctor & Gamble Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, University of Florida (2010), Benha University Prize for Scientific Excellence (2015 and 2016), The Best Scientific Publication Award from Benha University (2015), The Egyptian State Prize in Chemical Sciences, the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt, 2016, and Presidential Medal of Excellence (First Class) for outstanding contribution from the President of Egypt, 2017. Dr. El-Gendy is the former Co-Chair of the Egyptian Young Academy of Sciences (EYAS) (2015-2017), Young Affiliate of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) (2015-2019), and a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) (2017-2022).

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Fagbamigbe Adeniyi

Dr Adeniyi is a researcher and lecturer of Medical Statistics. He holds a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Ibadan Nigeria in addition to First Class Honours BSc degree in Statistics from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and Masters of Science in Medical Statistics from Lancaster University, United Kingdom. He has been teaching and researching in the University system, mainly at postgraduate level, for over ten years. He has successfully supervised a score of Masters Students’ dissertation and currently supervising one doctoral student. I have over 55 publications in peer-reviewed journals and have attended many local and international conferences in the last five years. He was an awardee of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) Fellowship and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in North-West University, South Africa in 2015. He was a recipient of the 2014 Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN) Mentored Research Award been an NIH grant-supported research funded by the Fogarty International Centre, USA and the 2015 CARTA Re-Entry grant.

His research focus is in the application of Statistical, Epidemiology and Demographic techniques in health with a critical interest in disease modeling and survival analysis so as to improve human health especially the adolescent's health. He has conducted researches and surveys which centered on health, disease modeling and applications of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, curriculum development. He has also participated in internationally funded health programs including cross countries analysis of DHS dataset in sub-Sahara Africa.

Adeniyi is a Medical Statistics Consultant to several non-governmental organizations and the Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Government of Nigeria and sits as a technical committee member to four revolving national surveys. His responsibilities in the committees include protocol development, ethical issues, questionnaire development, pilot testing, pre-testing, field supervision, data management, dissemination, policy formulation etc.

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Rodrigue Idohou

Dr Idohou has a PhD in the field of biological conservation and domestication of phytogenetic resources especially neglected and underutilized species from the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi. His research yielded some 20 scientific papers in high standard journals among which Land use Policy, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, Genetic Resources Crop Evolution, and Agroforestry systems and took part in more than 20 international conferences across the world. He is also contributor to two books. He is a recipient of several awards such as African German Network for Excellence in Science Award, the most prestigious Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSM) and the Global development network (GDN). He also got more than 6 individual research grants and contributed to 5 collaborative grants. He is also affiliated to international organization such as International Union of Forest Research Organization (2017), IUCN (commission on ecosystem management since 2013), World Association of Young Scientists (since 2013), Explorers Club Grant Funding (since 2012) and Global Youth Biodiversity Network (since 2012). He is a lecturer and researcher and currently head of research unit at the Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations.


Dr Isoken Igbinosa

Dr Igbinosa is a senior academic staff at the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Masters of Science (Cum laude) and PhD degrees in Microbiology at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Dr Isoken Igbinosa has been engaged in long-term dedication to furthering of education, sustained impact and commitment to leadership. Findings from her work has made a significant contribution to the understanding of how to combat antibiotic resistance, food-borne pathogen and water quality for proffering solutions to the myriad of water-related challenges in Africa. She has led a project which provided new insight that stimulated important research findings on heavy metals in harvested rainwater. Isoken’s research findings have addressed the relationship between human, social and technological development and the quality of water resources. She has looked at the occurrence and fate of heavy metals in water systems.

She has established in her findings that the emerging paradigm of sustainable human development recognizes that the distribution of novel chemical entities in the environment is a significant threat to global health and productivity. Her finding has revealed that exposure of anthropogenic organic chemicals in water system, can result in the spread of antimicrobial resistance, the collapse of aquatic ecosystems, and acute or chronic human health problems. She has published over 40 research articles in reputable international high impact peer-reviewed journals with over 574 citations and h-index: 11. She has gathered extensive experience not only in teaching and research, but in administration, having served in numerous committees in the university system. She is currently the Vice-President of the Nigerian Young Academy.

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Prof Haikel Jelassi

Prof Jelassi is an associate professor of physics in the National Centre for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies (CNSTN) in Tunisia. He received the B.Sc degree in Physics from University of Tunis El Manar in 2002. Awarded as the first range student, he obtained the Tunisian government fellowship for master degrees and PhD studies in France. He obtained his Master diploma in atomic physics and lasers in 2003 and then his Phd in 2007 from the University Of Paris XI (Orsay-Paris). Between 2006 and 2009, he was in post doc positions in different French laboratories in Paris and Toulouse. In 2009, he becomes an assistant professor in CNSTN. He obtained its supervising diploma from the University of Tunis El Manar in  2014. In 2015, he becomes an associate professor in Nuclear and atomic physics . Dr. Haikel Jelassi is interested on many research fields in fundamental as well as in applied physics such as atomic, molecular and plasma physics. He's in charge of the construction of the first Tunisian atomic clock. He's interested also in the research reactors and plasma Tokomak reactors. He has authored more than 17 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as one patent. He has supervised several PhD and undergraduate students. He's also active through the Tunisian Physical Society in there he acts as a member of the national board. He organized several conferences and workshops probing several scoop for the North African and Arab regions. Dr Haikel JELASSI is a member of four journal’s editorial boards. He's regularly asked to review papers for publications in peer-reviewed journals. He’s TWAS young affiliate and member of the new born network TYAN network. Prof. JELASSI is always asked to referee proposals such as with the AUF (Agence Universitaire de Francophonie) or the COST network. Since 2012, he also acts as a technical assessor in time-frequency metrology with TUNAC the Tunisian Accreditation Body and OLAS the Luxembourgian Accreditation Boby.


Dr Mamusu Kamanda

Dr Kamanda is the Acting Head for the Science Research and Co-ordination Section at the INDEPTH Secretariat. In this capacity, I co-ordinate 5 large projects in 11 countries and 3 projects analyzing population-based household level data from health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) sites in 13 countries. Prior to joining INDEPTH, Dr. Kamanda was at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom where in December 2013 she successfully completed a PhD in Social Statistics. Her thesis was on primary and secondary school attendance in West Africa. At Southampton, she completed her BSc in Sociology and Social Policy (2006-2009) and an MSc in Social Statistics (2009-2010). Her main research activities have focused on education and child health/wellbeing in poor and post-conflict contexts. Further, she is interested in the application of advanced statistical models to quantitative data in both cross-sectional and longitudinal forms. Dr. Kamanda has published on children’s schooling in low- and middle-income countries in: the International Journal of Educational Development, Compare and Global Health.


Dr Symon Kariuki

Dr Kariuki is a Postdoctoral Scientist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya, and a Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK. He is also a fellow at the Global Initiative in Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research (GINGER), Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, USA. Dr Kariuki was funded by the British Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to study MSc in Clinical Neurosciences of the Epilepsies at Kings College London from 2010-2011, and by the Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship to study a DPhil in Clinical Medicine (specialising in Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology) from 2012-2016 at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University Oxford, where his DPhil project won a Graduate Research Prize of the Medical Sciences Division. He has a broad research interest in the epidemiology of neurological, neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders in people living in sub-Saharan Africa, including the genetic susceptibility to these disorders.


Charles Drago Kato

Dr Kato is a Lecturer at the School of Biosecurity, Biotechnical and Laboratory Sciences at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Charles attained his PhD from Makerere University in Clinical Immunology and Molecular Genetics with support from the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) and Afrique One Consortium in 2016. He holds a Master of Science degree in Structure Molecular Biology from the University of London and a second Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology from Makerere University with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the same institution. Charles`s research interests are in biomarkers research regarding disease co-infections and host-parasite interactions in infectious and zoonotic diseases so as to understand disease epidemiology, improve diagnostics and design better therapeutic interventions. Charles believes that sustainable disease control can only be achieved through a multidisciplinary collaborative approach and use of novel advanced technologies. Charles is currently working on the identification of novel biomarkers to improve or replace the current disease staging for Human African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping sickness).


Dr Idowu Mutiu Kazeem

Dr Kazeem is a Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He holds a BTech (Hons) degree in Applied Biochemistry from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. He also obtained MSc and PhD in Biochemistry both from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He is a recipient of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) postgraduate research fellowship tenable at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan in 2009. He also won the National Research Foundation (NRF) Freestanding postdoctoral fellowship tenable at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of the Free State, South Africa in 2014. The main thrust of his research is antidiabetic drug discovery, with the aim of searching for safe, effective and affordable antidiabetic agents from natural sources. This is achieved through in-vitro and in-vivo evaluation of antidiabetic potentials of medicinal plants, foods, and isolated compounds, as well as determination of their possible mechanisms of actions. This has culminated in the publication of more than forty (40) articles and book chapters in reputable peer-reviewed journals. Due to his wealth of experience in research, he is serving as a reviewer for more than fifteen (15) journals among which is the Journal of Food Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Biology, as well as Human and Experimental Toxicology. Dr. Kazeem is a member of many learned societies including the Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB), Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology (NISEB), South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SASBMB) and South African Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP). In honour of his contribution to the society, he was inducted into the prestigious Nigerian Young Academy (NYA) in 2017 and presently serves as her Publicity Secretary.