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Immunopaedia Ambassadors – Africa

Our Ambassadors from across the African continent.


What is your name?
Kenneth Omollo

What is your current position?
PhD Student

Which institute and country do you work in?
Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Nairobi, Kenya

What is your home country?
Kenya

What are your research interests?
HIV Susceptibility, Mucosal Immunology, Cellular Biology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am a PhD student in Dr. Keith Fowke’s laboratory at the University of Nairobi/Manitoba Collaborative Program. My current research project is investigating the impact of hormonal contraceptives on HIV susceptibility and mucosal immunity at the genital tract of female sex workers. Away from the lab, I love hiking and cooking.

What are your online profiles?

Researchgate- Kenneth Omollo
LinkedIn – Kenneth Omollo

Immunology Keywords: HIV, Mucosal Immunology, Inflammation


Endalew_ShiaWhat is your name?
Endalew Yizengaw

What is your current position?
Lecturer and Scientist

Which institute and country do you work in?
Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

What is your home country?
Ethiopia

What are your research interests?
Immunology , Leishmaniasis, Innate immune cells

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I did my undergraduate studies at the Hawassa University in Medical Laboratory Science. My BSc research project was on the magnitude of smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis among patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Arsinegele Town, South-west Ethiopia. I have worked as a Program Officer for women and youth health at the West Armachiho District Health Office for two years.

I continued my professional career with an MSc in immunology at the University of Gondar; the only University in Ethiopia offering an MSc in Immunology program. The laboratory research project of my MSc  in Immunology focused on neutrophil effector functions in treatment naïve and treated patients with visceral leishmaniasis in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Pascale Kropf and Dr. Ingrid Müller, senior immunologists from Imperial College, London.

Currently I am working at Bahir Dar University as a lecturer.  I am teaching Immunology courses for Medical students and Medical Laboratory students in the undergraduate program; as well as Microbiology and Parasitology to MSc students in the post graduate program of the Bahir Dar University.

My research interest is focused on understanding immune responses of patients with visceral leishmaniasis and other infectious diseases and of the impact of treatment on these responses.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Endalew Yizengaw

Immunology Keywords: Neutrophils, leishmaniasis, flow cytometry


Daniel_Amoako-SakyiWhat is your name?
Daniel Amoako-Sakyi

What is your current position?
Snr Lecturer and Problem-based learning (PBL) Coordinator

Which institute and country do you work in?
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medical Sciences, College of Health and Allied Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

What is your home country?
Ghana

What are your research interests?
Malaria immunogenomics, Epigenetic regulation of the immune system in health and disease

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
A key driving force of my career is the mindset that research should be problem-driven rather than method-driven; trans-disciplinary rather than subject delimited. Thus, my PhD research draws on immunogenetics, epigenetics, and public health to study malaria pathogenesis. Earlier, my MSc studies had explored the role of some cytokine gene polymorphisms in malaria pathogenesis with the support of a WHO/TDR/MIM grant, MIMPAC guest scholar fellowship, and Ghana government bursaries.

I joined the faculty at the Microbiology and Immunology Department, School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast after my MSc. As a faculty member, I combine teaching, research and student supervision. I also coordinate the Problem-Based Learning (PBL), and thus, at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning in Africa. I build and maintain networks through conferences and fellowships. The Malaria Vaccine Advocacy Fellowship (MVAF) and Poverty-Related Diseases College fellowship are among my most memorable.

In pursuant of problem-driven and trans-disciplinary research, I collaborate with researchers from varied backgrounds. I recently collaborated with anthropologists from Oxford and Durham University on a Wellcome Trust project. I continually hone my expertise in immunogenomics and epigenomics, collaborate in consortia and local teams, and remain relevant to global health challenges, especially malaria.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Daniel Amoako Sakyi
LinkedIn – Daniel Amoako Sakyi

Immunology Keywords: Malaria, immunogenomics, epigenetics


Dorra Elhaj MahmoudWhat is your name?
Dorra Elhaj Mahmoud

What is your current position?
PhD student,  Immuno-Rheumatology Research laboratory, Rheumatology Department.

Which institute and country do you work in?
La Rabta Hospital, University of Tunis-El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia.

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
WNT pathway, rheumatoid arthritis, synoviocytes

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
Our laboratory explores the biological aspects of joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the Tunisian population. As part of a cooperation with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology at the University Hospital of la Rabta, we are studying the synovial function in both rheumatic and osteoarthritic patients. Fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) cultures are used to establish cDNA libraries of genes which are induced by various stimuli, including signaling via WNT proteins. The involvement of WNT5a signaling in human FLS transformation during RA represents the major focus of our current research. Our team works on metalloproteinase and cytokine gene regulation in synoviocytes  by WNT5a signaling as well as well as investigating novel target genes in order to develop new therapy approaches for RA.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Dorra Haj Mahmoud

Immunology Keywords: innate immunity, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmunity


Afef RaiesWhat is your name?
Afef Rais

What is your current position?
Resident in Clinical Biology and Immunology

Which institute and country do you work in?
Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
Primary Immunodeficiencies, Auto-immune Nephropathies

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I graduated from the Medical Faculty Of Tunis in July 2014. I am pursuing my Residency in clinical Biology and Immunology. I completed one year of training at the Immunology Department of Institut Pasteur de Tunis, where I got involved in primary immunodeficiencies exploration and diagnose and underwent a research work over severe combined immunodeficiencies associated to autoimmune manifestations. In June 2015, I graduated in the course “Clinical Management of HIV” at the Global Health E-Learning Department, University of Washington. From July 2015 to December 2016, I undertook clinical and research traineeships at hospitals in Tunis, that made me take a look in depth to fundamental immunology and widen my understanding of the immune system implication in pathology. As part of my medical training I had the opportunity to work in the diagnose of autoimmune diseases and I am taking part in research work over autoimmune nephropathies.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Afef Rais

Immunology Keywords: Autoimmunity, Primary immunodeficiencies


Sawsan FekiWhat is your name?
Sawsan Feki

What is your current position?
Associate Professor, Immunology, PhD Student

Which institute and country do you work in?
Laboratory of immunology, Habib Bourguiba UH of Sfax, Tunisia

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
Inflammatory disorders of central nervous system (especially multiple sclerosis), Allergy, Inflammatory bowel disease and colo-rectal cancer

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am a Clinical Immunologist (MD) from Tunisia working as Associate Professor in the Immunology Department of Habib Bourguiba University Hospital and the faculty of medicine of Sfax. In our Laboratory, we are specialized in Autoimmunity, Allergy, Monoclonal Gammopathy and Cancer biological diagnosis.

I am also PhD student in the same Laboratory. Since I am very interested in inflammatory disorders of central nervous system, my scientific thesis project is focusing on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis and markers, especially cytokines profiling. Indeed, we are the first laboratory in Tunisia performing biological diagnosis of MS since 2014. As a medical doctor, my first aim is to improve the investigation for clinical diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of this disabling disease. Inflammatory Bowel disease is another autoimmune disorder in which I am interested (genetic and proteomic research studies). Furthermore, I have the expertise in immuno-allergology, I am performing molecular allergology diagnosis and functional allergology test (Flow Cytometric Basophil Activation Test) for specialized investigation of patients with type 1 hypersensitivity.

In October 2014, I was elected as a member of the executive office of “The Tunisian Society of Immunology (TSI)”. I have been actively involved in the organization of courses (North African Course in Immunology 2016) and conferences in Immunology for Tunisian (Conference of the Tunisian Society of Immunology ) and African students (FAIS conference 2017).

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn– Sawsan Feki
Society Tunisian Immunology – STI

Immunology Keywords: Autoimmunity, Allergy, Cancer


Magaret_AdeotiWhat is your name?
Margaret Oluwatoyin Japhet

What is your current position?
Lecturer

Which institute and country do you work in?
Department of Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state

What is your home country?
Nigeria

What are your research interests?
Virology, immunology and Molecular Epidemiology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I received my B.Sc degree in Microbiology and M.Sc Virology degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I received my Ph.D in Microbiology (Virology Option) from Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, backed up with a testimonial from Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany, where the molecular aspect of the work was carried out. I am currently a Lecturer at the Department of Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. My area of Research interest is on Immunology and Molecular aspect of viral infections.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Margaret Japhet
LinkedIn – Margaret Japhet
Academic.edu – Margaret Japhet


Naffesa_AlloubWhat is your name?
Naffesa Abdul Munim Al Sheikh Alloub

What is your current position?
Researcher/Lab specialist

Which institute and country do you work in?
University of Khartoum, Institute of Endemic Diseases, Khartoum, Sudan

What is your home country?
Sudan

What are your research interests?
Leishmaniasis, Autoimmunity, HIV

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
My name is Naffesa A. Munim Al sheikh. I studied Medical Lab sciences/Histopathology and Cytology major/Faculty of Medical Lab sciences /University of Khartoum. My research in fulfillment of my honors degree: “Pattern of Lupus Nephritis in the Military Hospital: A histological and Immunofluorescense study”

I did my Msc in Immunology at the Institute of Endemic Diseases/University of Khartoum by research. My Msc research title: “Role of Treg cells in Pathogensesis of Post kala azar dermal Leishmaniasis”

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Nana Al Sheikh

Immunology Keywords: PKDL, Lupus Nephritis, T regulatory cells


Anthony Afum AwuahWhat is your name?
Anthony Afum-Adjei Awuah

What is your current position?
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Which institute and country do you work in?
Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR), Kumasi, Ghana

What is your home country?
Ghana

What are your research interests?
Immune responses and modulation to TB, Vaccinology and vaccine trials, Clinical trials

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am currently a Postdoctoral research fellow in the EOD working group at KCCR in Kumasi Ghana under the mentorship of Prof Ellis Owusu-Dabo. I recently completed a WHO/TDR clinical research and development fellowship at GSK Vaccines s.r.l in vaccinology and clinical trials.  My main research focuses on Tuberculosis Immunology with particular interest in vaccine immunology. My group studies immune responses, immune polarization and immunomodulation during TB (pediatric and adult), MDR-TB and its coinfection with HIV with special emphasis on application to immunodiagnostics and vaccine candidature.  I am also involved in studies in type2 diabetes, Schistosomiasis and other diseases that falls within the focus of EOD research group at KCCR. I hold a PhD in Immunology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where I previously read Biochemistry as an undergraduate student. I am currently a board member of the convention for Biomedical Research, Ghana.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Anthony Afum-Adjei Awuah

Immunology Keywords: T-cells, micro-RNAs, vaccines


Sonia_AmriWhat is your name?
Sonia Amri

What is your current position?
PhD Student

Which institute and country do you work in?
Laboratory of Genetics, Immunology and Human Pathologies, Faculty of Sciences Tunis

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
The Impact of leptin in the autoimmune response.

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I work in the Laboratory of Genetics, Immunology and Human Pathologies in the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. My research focuses are the connections between obesity Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I’m mostly interested in understanding and researching the impact of the leptin, adipokine highly produced by the adipose tissue of obese subjects, in the dysfunction of immune cells such as monocytes and regulatory T cells in the physiopathology of autoimmune diseases.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Sonia Amri

Immunology Keywords: autoimmunity, leptin, monocytes


Mahaman_Moustapha_LamineWhat is your name?
Mahaman Moustaha Lamine

What is your current position?
PhD Student

Which institute and country do you work in?
University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar, Senegal

What is your home country?
Niger

What are your research interests?
Malaria Research, Molecular parasitology, Epidemiology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am 2nd Year PhD Student at University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar (Senegal). I am a motivated Immunologist and Biologist, with internship experience at the center of medical and health research of Niger (CERMES), interested in working anti-malaria immunity and malaria drugs resistance.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Mahaman Moustapha Lamine

Immunology Keywords: Malaria immunity, Allergology


ruth_nyakundiWhat is your name?
Ruth Nyakundi

What is your current position?
Research Scientist

Which institute and country do you work in?
Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

What is your home country?
Kenya

What are your research interests?
Immunobiology of helminths and malaria, diagnostics, vaccines

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am pursuing a PhD at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Experimental Medicine. My research focus is on malaria, schistosomiasis, filariasis and soil transmitted helminths.  I have extensive experience working with rodents and non-human primates to study host-parasite interactions, evaluation and development of new diagnostics tools and testing the efficacy, toxicity and immunogenicity of schistosomiasis and malaria vaccines candidates.

Over the years, our labs have validated the baboon as an excellent model to study schistosomiasis and malaria infections since they closely mimic human diseases. Riding on this platform, current projects include i) studying the effect of chronic schistosomiasis on malaria outcome with the aim of defining the clinical, immunological and pathological outcomes associated with co-infections and how this influences disease transmission patterns and acquired immunity to malaria infection and ii)  the role of macrophages in schistosoma infection & chemotherapy.  We are also engaged in human studies looking at the effect of maternal prenatal infections on foetal immune priming and how it impacts on the child’s ability to respond to vaccination and infection later in life.

I am open to discussing collaborative and future opportunities in advancing immunology in both human and animal models.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Ruth Nyakundi
LinkedIn – Ruth Nyakundi

Immunology Keywords: Immune regulation, Tolerance, immunodiagnosis


Emmanuel ObishakinWhat is your name?
Emmanuel Tumininu Obishakin

What is your current position?
Chief Veterinary Research Officer

Which institute and country do you work in?
National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Plateau State,  Nigeria

What is your home country?
Nigeria

What are your research interests?
Immunology, Molecular diagnosis, Vaccinology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am a Nigerian Veterinarian and research scientist with MSc. training in molecular biology from the Katholieke University, Leuven, Belgium and PhD training in cellular and molecular immunology from Vrije University Brussel, Belgium. My trainings involved experiences with immunology and molecular biology of infectious diseases.

My work on the molecular immunology of protozoan parasites prepared me to contribute majorly to research on innate and adaptive immunity of protozoan parasites. I studied the impact of parasitic diseases on the host’s immune response with a focus on the B-cell populations and their antibody production.

In addition, I worked extensively on the molecular epidemiology of very important infectious diseases and I have carried out both qualitative and quantitative PCR and sequencing of Nigerian isolates.

I have co-supervised several masters theses both in Europe and in Nigeria and a PhD work in Nigeria.

My interest and current focus is the molecular diagnosis, immunology and vaccinology of infectious diseases. I am also interested in generating recombinant single domain antibodies (Nanobodies) to target infectious agents either serving as diagnostic or neutralizing antibodies.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Emmanuel Obishakin
NCBI – Obishakin

Immunology Keywords: B-cells, Single domain antibody, Vaccinology


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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