AAS Affiliates Cohort 3

2018 - 2022

Jewelna E.B. Akorli

Country: Ghana

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.

Anye Vitalis

Country: Cameroon

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.

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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Abdon Atangana

Country: Cameroon

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.

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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Bahaa El-Dien M El-Gendy

Country: Egyptian

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

Country: Nigeria

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

Country: Benin

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.

Isoken Igbinosa

Country: Nigeria

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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Haikel Jelassi

Country: Egypt

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.

Mamusu Kamanda

Country: Sierra Leone

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.

Symon Kariuki

Country: Kenya

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

Country: Uganda

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).

Idowu Mutiu Kazeem

Country: Nigeria

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.


Kwadwo Asamoah Kusi

Country: Ghana

Dr Kusi is an Immunologist and a Research Fellow with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana, Legon. He is also a part-time lecturer in Biochemistry and faculty of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) at the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Ghana. Kusi has postgraduate training in biochemistry from the University of Ghana and graduated with PhD in Medicine (Vaccine Immunology) from Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands, in 2012, based on work he did at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. He undertook postdoctoral training between 2012 and 2014 at NMIMR on the development of sero-epidemiological models for predicting malaria transmission intensity in disease endemic areas. His research interests include identification of immunodominant T cell epitopes in Plasmodium antigens for vaccine design and the identification of antibody correlates of immunity against clinical malaria in children.

He is also studying the impact of Plasmodium antigen polymorphisms on antigen-specific antibody and T cell responses and the application of multi-allele vaccine formulation strategies to overcome the strain-dependent effects of parasite antigen polymorphisms on antibody and T cell responses. He is part of a team working on identifying key biomarkers of cerebral malaria pathogenesis and to explain the mechanisms underlying the development of severe forms of childhood malaria. Kusi has collaborated with scientists at the US Naval Medical Research Center for over 10 years and has authored/co-authored 20 peer-reviewed research articles, one review paper and two book chapters. He has trained a number of students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has served as a peer reviewer for a number of academic journals in his field. In 2012, Kusi was a joint recipient of the Ghana National Youth Achievers Gold award for Science.

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Maha Nasr

Country: Egypt

Dr Nasr is currently working as an Associate Professor and researcher of Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University, Egypt. She is teaching several pharmaceutical courses and pursuing research in the field of drug delivery and formulation since 2003. Dr. Maha has been awarded two research travel grants (six months each) funded by the government at the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom and the University of Leiden, Netherlands. She is also an awardee of the Daniel Turnberg UK/Middle East travel fellowship for initiation of research collaboration with the University of Bradford, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Dr. Maha is currently leading a large team of researchers (28) in several projects which are either non-remunerated or funded by agencies in Egypt, in collaboration with several Egyptian and foreign universities as well as Egyptian pharmaceutical companies and research institutes.

She is also a peer reviewer/editor in 52 international scientific journals. Dr. Maha was granted several awards by diverse funding bodies such as Fondation pour l’Universite’ de Lyon, TWAS/Biovision unit in Bibliotheca Alexandria, FIP foundation for education and research, the National Academy of Sciences, Robert Bosch Stiftung foundation, and the National Institute of health. She is also Africa Science Leadership program ASLP fellow, a TWAS arab regional office young affiliate, a Next Einstein Forum (NEF) fellow, and an elected member of the Global young academy (GYA) and the Arab-German academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA).

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Caroline Wangari Ngugi

Country: Kenya

Dr Ngugi is a lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology with a strong background in medical microbiology and molecular epidemiology. Her Career in science started after graduating with a BSc in Medical Microbiology, magna cum laude, from JKUAT, and then an MSc in Molecular Medicine and a PhD in Epidemiology from JKUAT with a research placement at the Institute of Applied Tumor Biology, Heidelberg University.  Dr Ngugi has also held a research placement at Centre for Virus Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute. Her professional career started JKUAT as a graduate assistant in the department of Medical Microbiology and is currently serving as a lecturer and also sits in various academic committees where she serves in different positions. Dr Ngugi has received a number of research grants and scholarships in her academics and professional career and she has carried out research in early detection and diagnosis of cervical cancer as well as factors affecting uptake of cervical cancer screening. She is involved in community cervical cancer screening awareness and is a volunteer at different Cancer Foundations.

Dr Ngugi is a founder member and an official of the Kenya National Young Academy of Sciences. She is also a committee member in the JKUAT Jica-ai-Japan Kenya project, the JKUAT Ethical Review Committee and is currently the Examination Officer for the School of Biomedical Sciences in JKUAT. She also serves in the Infectious and Parasitic Disease Research Program, Kenya. She is also involved in community development programs and is currently serving as Chairman, Board of Management Githuya Secondary School, Gatundu, Kenya. Ngugi has strong interest in creating research ideas that will enhance the nation’s efforts in the management and control of cancer, infectious and other related diseases as well improving maternal health care.

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Siana Nkya

Country: Tanzania

Dr Nkya is a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) and a honorary lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). Dr Nkya has a background in Microbiology and Chemistry (BSc) and Molecular Biology (MSc). As part of her MSc training she conducted research in malaria focusing on molecular resistant markers of drug resistance in P. falciparum. In 2008, Dr Nkya spent six months at Kemri Wellcome Trust, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kenya as an intern studying the role of cytoadherence of infected red blood cells in severe malaria. Since joining MUHAS as a research scientist she has participated in a number of Sickle cell disease (SCD) projects and since 2009 has led SCD genetic research. The primary focus of her PhD (Human genetics) was the genetic determinants of fetal haemoglobin: as part of this she established a genetic database of more than 1700 individuals with SCD with well described SCD phenotypes and undertook the first Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) analysis of an African population in collaboration with Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

She held a Commonwealth Split-Site Fellowship spending one year of her PhD at the Molecular Hematology Department of King’s College London, UK. Dr Nkya received a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship (2016-2017) sponsored by NIH to conduct a follow up study on genetics of fetal haemoglobin in individuals with SCD. Siana was involved in establishing a newborn screening (NBS) programme for SCD as the laboratory manager. Siana continues to work with the Sickle Cell Programme in rolling out NBS for SCD at Temeke Hospital as the leading researcher. Dr Nkya also works with the department of Biological Sciences to conduct research in factors affecting science education in Tanzania.

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Adeniyi Olagunju

Country: Nigeria

Dr Adeniyi Olagunju is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Adeniyi holds a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Liverpool. He is currently investigating the effect of host genetics on the dynamics of the HIV-1 virus and antiretroviral drugs in mother-to-child transmission fluids with funding from the Wellcome Trust. He also uses mechanistic modelling to evaluate foetal and infant exposure to maternal therapeutic drugs in utero and through breastmilk. Adeniyi is also interested in developing novel bioanalytical methods for quantifying drug molecules in biological matrices. He has previously received funding from HIV Research Trust, UK and Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Nigeria. In additional to presenting his work at key international conferences like the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), he has published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and other highly rated journals in his field. He currently teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy students at Obafemi Awolowo University.

His PhD research included a cohort of about 500 HIV positive pregnant/breastfeeding women and over 200 HIV-exposed babies recruited from three healthcare facilities in Nigeria. He completed his PhD within three years under the supervision of Professor Andrew Owen and Professor Saye Khoo. He was examined by Professor Charles Flexner of Johns Hopkins University, USA and Dr Ana Alfirevic of the University of Liverpool, UK. He is now a lecturer and a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He is currently investigating the effect of host genetics on the dynamics of the HIV-1 virus and antiretroviral drugs in mother-to-child transmission fluids. He is also using mechanistic modelling to evaluate foetal and infant exposure to maternal therapeutic drugs in utero and through breastmilk, respectively.

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Olujimi Olusoji Olanrewaju

Country: Nigeria

Dr Olanrewaju is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, College of Environmental Resources Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He obtained his Bachelor in Environmental Management and Toxicology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (2002), MSc in Environmental Sciences from The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom (2006) and Doctor of Technology (D.Tech) in Environmental Health from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa (2012). He had his postdoctoral training at the Department of environmental health sciences,Faculty of public health, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria with the support of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Department for International Development (DfID).

His research interest is  on emerging endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) e.g. phthalates, polybrominated diphenyl ether, pesticides, heavy metals etc in different environmental matrices, pollution monitoring and control, health risk assessment, greenhouse gases emission monitoring and synthesis of nanoporous materials from waste materials. My motivation at attending this event is to learn new skills required for policy formulation with respect to my work current study on water pollution from solid waste management in Lagos, Nigeria and mitigation of greenhouse gases from charcoal production during pyrolysis. Researches at science-policy interface are: solid waste management vis-à-vis commissioning of new landfill and decommissioning of existing one and (ii) control of wood pyrolysis for charcoal production with consequent health challenges. Dr. Olujimi has to his credit 30 publications in peer reviewed journals, six book chapters and two edited conference proceedings. He is a reviewer to local and international reputable journals and had won several grants from recognized institutions within and outside of Africa e.g. International Foundation for Science, Coimbra Europe, University of Bergen, Norway, University of Graz, Austria, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, South African National Research Foundation, University of Nottingham Developing Solution to mention few.

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Ahmed Adel Seida

Country: Egypt

I obtained my bachelor degree in Veterinary Sciences in 2003 ranked 4th in my class (A class of 756 Students) from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt and followed by Master degree in Immunology in 2006, thesis about "Preparation of Monoclonal Antibodies against Tetanus Toxoid and evaluation of its neutralizing potentials" from the Immunology and Microbiology Department, Cairo University, Egypt and in collaboration with Monoclonal Antibodies Unit in the Holding Company for Biological Products & Vaccines (VACSERA), Ministry of Health, Cairo, Egypt. I was appointed first as Teaching/Research Assistant in 2004 then a Senior Teaching/Research assistant in 2006 till 2008 at Immunology and Microbiology Department, Cairo University, Egypt. In 2008, prestigious Marie-Curie scholarship funded from the European Union gave me the opportunity to improve my knowledge in immunogenetics at Department of Immunology, Medical Faculty, Rostock University, Germany.

In December 2008, I started my Ph.D. studies in Tumor Immunology at Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research, research group "Tumor progression and immune escape", Medical Faculty, Würzburg University, Germany. In addition, I became a member in graduate program “Immunomodulation” at the institute of Immunobiology and Virology, Würzburg University, Germany which gave me great opportunity to improve my knowledge in the field of immunology. In November 2012, I got my PhD degree in Immunology from Würzburg University, Germany. Then in November 2013 I got my diploma in Vaccinology from Pasteur Institute, Paris, France. In July 2013, I got EFIS postdoctoral research fellowship in Immunology at Institute Albert Bonniot, Grenoble, France. Then in August 2014 till April 2015, I am postdoctoral research scientist in Molecular Immunology at Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, Düsseldorf, Germany. In November 2013 till present, I appointed as University Lecturer of Immunology, Vaccinology and Microbiology at Immunology and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt.

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Roelf DuToit Strauss

Country: South Africa

I enrolled at the North-West University (NWU) in South Africa in 2003, completing my BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD degrees in physics, specializing in Space Physics, at the same institution. I was appointed as a junior lecturer in physics at the NWU in 2008 and promoted to lecturer in 2011 and to senior lecturer in 2014. After my PhD, during sabbatical leave periods, I completed two postdoctoral fellowships; in 2014, I was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany and in 2015 I was selected as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to perform research at the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR), located at the University of Alabama in Huntsville "Rocket City", USA. My research is mostly computational in nature where we study, using complex numerical models, the propagation of charged particles in turbulent plasmas. These particles may be harmful to astronauts and damaging to any equipment in space, and we aim to predict the arrival of these hazardous particles. In the broader context, this is an essential part of space weather studies.

Doudou Sow

Country: Senegal

Dr Sow is an Associate Professor of Parasitology at the Faculty of Medicine, University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) of Dakar, Senegal. Dr Sow is a MD, specialized in Clinical biology since 2013. As a biologist, Dr SOW hold a position in the Parasitology department at the Teaching Fann Hospital. After completing a MSc and PhD degrees respectively in 2011 and 2014 both in UCAD, Dr Sow received a fellowship for a two years Postdoctoral position in URMITE of Aix-Marseille Université, France.His research interest includes molecular biology, immunology, proteomic and epidemiology of human parasitic and fungal diseases. During his postdoctoral fellow, he worked on the development of innovative tools (Real time PCR, MALDI TOF MS) for the diagnosis and the surveillance of helminthiasis including Soil transmitted helminths and Schistosomiasis. Currently, he is the principal investigator of the study entitled “Assessment of innovative tools for the diagnosis of gastrointestinal parasitic diseases in malnourished children”, project funded by the African center of excellence for mother and Child in Senegal (World Bank funding). He is also the principal coordinator of the schistosomiasis team, who received a support for three years activities from the program “Jeune Equipe Associée à l’IRD” granted by the Institut de Recherche et Dévelopment (French government). Dr SOW is also involved in the WANETAM 2 program granted by the EDTCP as co-coordinator of the Neglected Tropical Diseases work group. He has published several papers and co-authored in many publications in the international literature.

Cornelius Ssemakalu

Country: Uganda

Dr Ssemakalu is a senior lecturer, and researcher in the department of biotechnology, at the Vaal University of Technology in South Africa where, he is also a co-founder and Head of the Cell Biology Research Unit. He received his Master’s degree, in 2011 from the University of South Africa and his Doctorate degree, in 2015 from the Vaal University of Technology. For the past few years, his research has majorly focused on understanding the effect of solar irradiated microorganisms on the immunochemistry of antigen presenting cells. To date, he has been able to show that solar irradiated microorganisms are capable of inducing dendritic cell maturation as well as macrophage activation. His research has yielded numerous significant findings that highlight the potential immunological benefits stemming from SODIS water consumption. His findings have inspired him to develop a microbial inactivation photonic device he hopes to patent. Dr. Ssemakalu is a principle investigator in the cell biology research unit where he and his team of postgraduate students and researchers aim at deciphering the immunomodulatory influences resulting from the consumption of SODIS water, phytochemical induced bio-tissue regeneration and anti-cancer phytocompounds. He has published widely in peer reviewed scientific journals and is also presented his work at various conferences worldwide. He is also a contributing author to the thought leader blog at the Mail and Guardian. Dr. Ssemakalu is a recipient of the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. He is registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and a member of the South African Immunology Society and the African Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. As an early career scientist Dr. Ssemakalu is committed to using the fundamentals of education, research and development as linchpins to impact communities in Southern Africa, Africa and the rest of the world from the onset.


Esmael Habtamu Ali

Country: Ethiopia

Esmael is a Public Eye Health Specialist with nine years of experience in eye care research and service delivery. He has successfully coordinated various large collaborative research projects on the management of the blinding stage of trachoma (infectious blinding eye disease), which are currently influencing global policy, and delivered surgical service to thousands of people who were at risk of losing their sight from trachoma. Dr Esmael holds a Master’s Degree and PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK. He was awarded the Gordon Johnson Prize for outstanding performance during his MSc course; and took a public Management and Leadership Course at Georgia State University, USA, provided by Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme for Young African Leaders. Dr Esmael is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) at LSHTM. He will lead eye care research projects in Ethiopia, and hopes to develop and lead comprehensive eye care research, training and service providing institution that will help alleviate the huge burden of avoidable blindness in his country Ethiopia.

Khalid Saqr

Country: Egypt

Dr Saqr was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1982. He received B.Sc. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Alexandria University and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2004 and 2011, respectively. Dr. Saqr is specialized in computational fluid dynamics (CFD). He has published more than 80 papers in international journals and conferences covering a broad spectrum of the theory and applications of CFD including turbulence modelling, combustion dynamics, renewable energy and most recently intracranial hemodynamics. Dr. Saqr received international recognition for his research from several universities around the world. He has been a visiting researcher, then a visiting research fellow and invited lecturer with UTM, Malaysia, from 2012 to 2014. He regularly receives the Distinguished Publications Award from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport every year since 2014.

Most recently, Dr. Saqr has been a visiting professor with the Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Japan in the summer of 2017. Since 2010, his biography is listed in Marquise Who’s Who® biographical dictionary. In 2017, Dr. Saqr received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for his scientific achievements in the past ten years. Along with international recognition, Dr. Saqr has contributed efficiently to the national research priorities of Egypt.  He was nominated for Egypt’s most prestigious scientific award, State Encouragement Award, for his works on the applications of CFD in modeling renewable energy systems. Dr. Saqr co-founded the Research Center for Computational Neurovascular Biomechanics (RCCNB) in collaboration with Alexandria University and the Egyptian Science and Technology Development Fund. RCCNB is the first nationwide research center specialized in vascular biomechanics with a primary objective to contribute to the brain stroke research in Egypt.

Now, Dr. Saqr leads the CFD team at RCCNB to develop anatomically accurate CFD simulations of blood flow in intracranial blood vessels. In addition to his academic and research endeavours, Dr. Saqr is proactive in providing consultancy in the fields of research management and simulation systems on the national and regional levels.

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Mkunde Chachage

Country: Tanzania

I am an early- transitioning to a middle-career researcher with interest in participating in research projects aimed at promoting health and medical science technologies in Tanzania. My ambition to pursue a career in biomedical science were driven by the fact that Africa bears the brunt of most devastating diseases, yet, most of health research activities that are carried out in Africa are led by researchers from developed world. I therefore began my career path in 2009 as junior researcher at a National Institute for Medical Research-Mbeya Medical Research Center (NIMR-MMRC) in Tanzania, by working with human cohorts and clinical trials to study how different pathogens modulate our immune system. Since then, my research base has mostly been in Tanzania under the umbrella of NIMR-MMRC. Nonetheless, I have also had opportunities to collaborate with international researchers from Europe, US and Australia during my doctoral and post-doctoral tenures. I currently lead the immunology laboratory at NIMR-MMRC and transitioning to a role of an independent researcher with intentions of establishing a career in Tanzania, and establish an international reputation as an expert in the area of immunology, particularly on immune dysfunction during infectious diseases of global importance such as HIV and Tuberculosis. Importantly, I aspire to be in a position to generate innovative ideas that particularly address Africa’s health research agenda with potential of bringing a positive impact to the wellbeing of Africans.