Our fellows come from across the African continent and their research covers a range of diseases.
Meet the fellows
Dr Sessinou Benoît Assogba
Benoît is based in Mike Blackman’s group at the Crick and the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM. He’s also working with the Peptide Chemistry science technology platform and studying the molecular mechanisms and behaviour of mosquito reproduction and is hoping to develop new strategies for controlling the spread of malaria.
Dr Yaw Bediako
Yaw is splitting his time between Jean Langhorne's group at the Crick and the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens. He's comparing the immune responses of children in areas of high and low malaria transmission and this information could help to refine future malaria vaccines.
Dr Omar Janha
Omar is based between Moritz Treeck’s lab at the Crick and the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM and working on the identification and characterisation of new antimalarial drug targets, with the eventual aim of launching a programme to develop and produce antimalarial drugs within Africa.
Dr Simon Kimuda
Simon will be based in Ben Schumann's group at the Crick and at MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. He will be working to develop lab-based tools that can be used to predict how well TB vaccines work in Uganda. He is planning to study the immune response in children that are able to resist TB infection despite being exposed to the disease.
Dr Alassane Mbengue
Alassane will be dividing his time between Moritz Treeck's group at the Crick, WACCBIP and the Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal. He is working to develop new scientific tools to study the deadliest malaria parasite (P. falciparium) and study the reasons behind increasing drug resistance.
Dr Suraj Parihar
Suraj will be working in Max Gutierrez's group at the Crick and at the University of Cape Town. He is interested in how genes that respond to viral infections can also influence bacterial diseases like tuberculosis. He will be investigating a viral responsive gene in mice and using light microscopy to visualise how this influences TB infection.
Dr Peter Quashie
Peter is based in Jonathan Stoye's group at the Crick and WACCBIP, working on understanding the different strains of HIV circulating in West Africa, and examining how they are impacted by current treatment regimes. He hopes to eventually use this information to predict how the different strains of HIV react to treatments.
Dr Ursula Rohlwink
Ursula will be based in Robert Wilkinson's group at the Crick and the University of Cape Town. She studies brain injury and the markers that that are detectable in the brain and spinal cord as a result of TB (or tuberculosis) meningitis. She's hoping to find new insights which could eventually lead to new treatments for brain and spinal cord injuries.