There are now over 100 members of Africa College. Membership is open to the staff in partner institutions of the College with an interest in food security and human health. Membership is also open to scientists working with Africa College on specific research projects and initiatives. For more information on the College contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A-Z of Members
Expertise: I am lecturer in International Development working on HIV, risk, food security and gender in Malawi.
Africa college interest: Sustainable livelihoods and the relationship between food security, HIV and gender in Africa. Vulnerability, adaptation and resilience in agricultural systems. Focusing in particular on the adaptive strategies people use to mitigate food insecurity in the context of acute inequalities of gender and poverty.
Expertise: Research interests focus on plant peroxisomes which have impacts on seed biology (dormancy, germination) and plant stress (metabolism of reactive oxygen species, jasmonic acid production).
Expertise: Management of diseases of maize, soybean, cassava, banana yams and cowpea through a good understanding of pathogen distribution, pathogen biology, ecology and epidemiology, and host plant resistance. Special research interest on mycotoxins with respect to their influence of health and trade, and management using biocontrol, resistance and other post-harvest options.
Manuel Barcia Paz
Expertise: I specialise on the history of the African Diaspora in the Atlantic World, particularly on the forms of resistance practised by African slaves in Cuba and Brazil in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I am now working on a new project that examines the creation and reproduction of medical knowledge in the transatlantic slave trade (17th to 19th centuries).
Africa college interest: African Diasporas. African forms of labour, especially slavery and indentured labour. Tropical diseases history in the Atlantic World.
Expertise: Plant pathology with a focus of influence of environment on epidemiology. Plant pathogen diagnostic methods and networks suitable for the field and laboratory and linkages between them and policy makers (SPS regulations and NPPOs). Biological control of weeds using fungal pathogens. Mycology, bacteriology, virology, phytoplasmas.Sub-Saharan Africa. African Union.
Expertise: Broad interests that centre around the ecological aspects of agricultural production. Previous work has included analysis of historical data linking agriculture to biodiversity (at different trophic levels) and detailed investigation of insect and bird responses to farming practice. I have experience at various aspects of statistical modelling and understanding the drivers of population dynamics by analytical, statistical and empirical dissection of population time series.
Expertise: I am interested in linking biodiversity and conservation to ecosystem services (e.g. pollination, biological control). This is particularly challenging given the pressures from human-induced global change (warming, atmospheric pollution, land use), and only interdisciplinary approaches can tackle this. My favourite research system is the interaction between plants and pollinators where I study bee behaviour, pollination, community ecology and impact of land use and climate change on interactions; as well as more applied aspects including crop pollination, management of pollinators (honeybees, stingless bees) and rural livelihoods (crop production, honey production and quality).
Expertise: The development of online learning systems and their application to teaching in the biosciences.
Prof. Christian Borgemeister
Expertise: Entomology, biological control and IPM in temperate and tropical environments and biodiversity conservation.
Expertise: Colorectal disease Faecal incontinence Colorectal cancer Intestinal failure
Expertise: Main areas of research are nutrition epidemiology, relationship of diet to chronic disease development, diet-gene interactions, assessment of nutrition education, inequalities in health, development of diet assessment methods.
Expertise: Modelling climate and its impacts, particularly tropical crops. Quantifying uncertainty / risk-based prediction.
Africa college interest: My research focusses principally on using climate modelling and process studies to understand food production and food security, treatments of uncertainty and managing risk, and climate-resilient pathways and adaptation. My aim is to contribute significantly to the knowledge and policy base for sustainably strengthening the food security and health of populations vulnerable to climate variability and change. I do this by working with experts in a range of disciplines, from epidemiologists and ecologists to social scientists and economists. I also endeavour to communicate work in my field, for example through advising on The Rough Guide to Climate Change, speaking at public events and being interviewed on the radio.
Professor Jean E. Crabtree
Expertise: Gastrointestinal infections particularly Helicobacter pylori and Schistosoma, mucosal immunology, inflammation and cancer. Role of early childhood H. pylori infection in developing countries on diarrhoeal disease, growth impairment and iron deficiency.
Expertise: Molecular genetics of plant development
Africa college interest: We are interested in understanding and manipulating the mechanisms that control developmental processes, particularly flowering. We primarily work with Arabidopsis, but increasingly take a comparative approach. We can offer expertise in molecular genetic techniques, transcription factors and approaches such as yeast two-hybrid, microarrays and ChIP-seq.
Expertise: Prof. Andy Dougill is an applied environmental change researcher with an interdisciplinary research profile that transcends and integrates a range of disciplines including soil science, ecology, development studies and environmental social sciences. He has expertise in leading the design and implementation of farmer-led environmental monitoring systems in dryland Africa in both pastoral and mixed farming systems.
Expertise: I am an historian working on disease and demographic change in central and western Uganda and northwest Tanzania, 1900-1980.
Africa college interest: The relationship between malnutrition and maternal and child health; longitudinal nutritional studies; the history of nutritional research in Africa.
Expertise: I am the Research Coordinator for the Africa College Partnership. I support the development of inter-disciplinary research collaborations, partnerships and research grant applications, and also provide support for the strengthening of knowledge-transfer activities - facilitating links in the UK and Africa with private sector, civil society organisations, government and the public. My research interest in knowledge practices ('scientific' and otherwise) spans disciplines such as Development Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, and I draw principally on material semiotic approaches developed in the discipline of STS (Science, Technology and Society). I am particularly curious about the ways in which knowledge moves un/successfully across different socio-cultural practices.
Expertise: Dr Graham Dutfield is Professor of International Governance at the School of Law. His current research interests include intellectual property rights in relation to industrial innovation, public health, agriculture, biotechnology, traditional knowledge and folklore. Recently, he advised the government of Ghana on patent policy in relation to access to medicines and domestic drug production. He also drafted intellectual properly legislation for Zambia aimed at furthering the development needs of the country.
Dr Sunday Ekesi
Expertise: Agricultural entomologist with expertise in evaluation of commercially based attractants and development of fungal and bacterial pathogens for their incorporation into IPM program for suppression of African fruit flies. Mass rearing of fruit flies for use in bioecological studies. Development of an IPM program for fruit tree pests with a focus on mango and cashew to allow for production and export of quality fruits.
Expertise: Ecosystem assessment and monitoring; Ecosystem services from agricultural land; Environmental risk assessment and regulation of GM crops; Sustainable intensification of agriculture through manipulation of soils, rotation and biodiversity
Expertise: Environmental management with a focus on agro-ecosystems and developing countries. Specialist in impact assessment of land and water management interventions, both in physical and economic terms, at different scales, and considering diverging socio-cultural perceptions of various stakeholders. Development of models and methodologies that address multifaceted local realities and that are capable of assessing the impact of environmental change as well as evaluating the effects of adaptation and mitigation strategies on rural livelihoods and ecosystem services. Strategies thereby include both farmer management practices (including technological innovations) and policies.
Expertise: Research into the causes and physical consequences of climate change
Christine Helen Foyer
Expertise: My research concerns identification of components and processes that regulate plant growth and development under optimal and stress conditions. I am particularly interested in the regulation of primary metabolism, particularly reduction/oxidation (redox) pathways and their interactions with phytohormone signalling. My lab uses multidisciplinary approaches incorporating -omics technologies, molecular and biochemical techniques and whole plant physiology to study primary metabolism, gene expression and growth under optimal and stress conditions. Over the last 20 years, I have been increasingly interested in the roles of these processes in stress-induced senescence, particularly in legumes such as pea, soybean and faba bean. During that time I have participated in funded collaborative projects on this topic with colleagues in Africa, such as the LEGIM project funded by the Royal Society and an EU-IRSES project with FABI at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. I have also received a large number of visiting students and scientists from different organizations in Africa in my lab funded by sources such as Commonwealth Fellowships and the Schlumberger Foundation.
Africa college interest: We are interested in the drought and temperature responses of maize and soybean. We can offer expertise in whole plant physiology, photosynthesis and respiration, as well as stress biology and the application of omics techniques to characterise plant stress responses
Expertise: Germplasm enhancement and improved crop productivity by integrating advanced molecular techniques with conventional breeding (marker-assisted breeding). Development of markers for key traits (resistance, quality, abiotic stress); gene pyramiding; high throughput genotyping; gene/QTL mapping; RGA; TILLING; functional and comparative genomics approaches for gene discovery; bioinformatics.
Mark S. Gilthorpe
Expertise: Statistical modelling of observational health data, especially utilising latent variable methods and particularly with focus on lifecourse epidemiology (from conception to grave).
Dr John Githure
Expertise: Entomology, parasitology, vector ecology and control. My current focus is on community based malaria control in different ecological systems, project coordination and field evaluation of vector control tools.
Expertise: Digestive fermentation and metabolism related to livestock performance.
Africa college interest: We are interested in ways of enhancing livestock performance by improving the efficiency of feed utilisation via the use of plant secondary compounds. We can offer expertise in whole animal physiology, metabolism and growth, as well as in vitro models of hind-gut fermentation.
Dr Fabian Haas
Expertise: An ABS specialist in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and an Insect taxonomist, with specialization in Dermaptera (earwigs). Working in CBD since 2003 as National Focal Point for the Global Taxonomy Initiative in Germany (NFP-GTI DE), and increasing interest in ABS issues since 2006, with an African Perspective.
Expertise: Implications of food resources and foraging ecology for individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems
Expertise: Institutional development; Research-for-development models
Sarah Jane Hearne
Expertise: My work encompasses the application and integration of plant molecular biology and genetics with physiology for enhanced crop productivity. I work on abiotic and biotic stress tolerance in maize, banana, cassava and cowpea.
Expertise: Food processing and packaging, Wine Science and Technology, Sensory Analysis, Shelf-life modelling, Food Quality and Safety, Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis (Mixed effects and chemometrics), Process Analytical Technology (PAT), New Product Development, Process and Product Optimization, Process monitoring, Measurement, Modelling and Control.
Expertise: Auxin-regulated plant development; Auxin perception; Quantitative modelling of auxin signalling mechanism.
Dr Zeyaur R. Khan
Expertise: Habitat management, insect behaviour, chemical ecology. Development and implementation of ?push-pull? habitat management strategies in eastern Africa (www.push-pull.net) for controlling stemborers and striga weed and improving soil fertility in cereal crops.
Expertise: Moss development; Plant-microbe interactions
Expertise: Plant cell walls
Africa college interest: We are interested in all aspects of cell walls in relation to plant growth & development and understanding how cell walls enable plants to live in diverse environments and respond to mechanical stresses. We can offer sets of molecular probes to detect & study cell wall polysaccharides.
Expertise: Professor Kunert has nearly 30 years of experience in molecular stress physiology and has been involved in various capacity building programmes in Africa with a particular focus on the training of scientists in South Africa and Africa. He gained his scientific and managerial experience by working in different academic environments in Europe and Africa and also the South African plant biotechnology industry. His current research focus is on bioactive compounds for abiotic stress protection with a specific interest in processes responsible for premature plant senescence in soybean nodules induced by environmental stresses. This will contribute to an understanding of the function of the protease-protease inhibitor system in these processes.
Expertise: Brain's control of cardio-respiratory and gastrointestinal systems; scientific ethics
Africa college interest: I am interested in the brain's control of the cardio-respiratory and gastrointestinal systems and how diet during early-life may alter the development of these brain pathways leading to metabolic and/or cardiovascular dysfunction in later life. I can offer expertise in whole animal experimental techniques and models and the effect of diet on short and long-term physiological function. I also have an interest and expertise in scientific ethics, the provision of research ethics training for scientists and the establishment of research ethics committees
Expertise: The main focus of my research is on the impacts and interactions of multiple anthropogenic global change phenomena and tropical forests. I am interested in better understanding how humans are impacting on the \'Earth System\', specifically the tropical forest biome.
Expertise: Banana breeding and genetics, host-plant resistance, abiotic stress (drought) tolerance, molecular marker - assisted breeding, applied genomics
Dr Nguya Maniania
Expertise: Insect pathologist with interest on development of entomopathogenic fungi as biological control agents of insect pests and disease vectors; application technologies; tritrophic interactions host plant/pathogen/insect.
Expertise: Agricultural economics with emphasis in production/nutrition economics; food demand and policy studies; adoption of technologies; economic, social and environmental impact.
Expertise: Atmospheric convection, precipitation, West African Monsoon dynamics and dust uplift.
Dr Daniel Masiga
Expertise: Molecular genetics of hosts, pathogens and vectors with a bias on infections diseases in Africa. My current research focus is on mosquito borne pathogens, and African trypanosomiasis.
Glenn Alan McConkey
Expertise: Metabolism and growth of malaria and related parasites, antimalarial drug development and resistance
Africa college interest: We are interested in malaria and metabolism; effects of changes in human metabolism during infection and parasite requirements. We can offer expertise in malaria, drug resistance, drug development, nutrient metabolism, and application of bioinformatics, molecular biology and biochemistry, and genomics to these areas.
Michael John McPherson
Expertise: Protein engineering and directed evolution. Adhiron artificial binding proteins.
Africa college interest: We are interested in the application of Adhiron binding proteins as superior substitutes for antibodies in a wide range of biosensor platforms and devices, including simple colourimetric, electrochemical or nanoparticle based systems. We also have an interest in aspects of synthetic biology for example in the development of artificial pathways.
Helen M. Miller
Expertise: Nutrition and production of farmed livestock, particularly pigs and poultry.
Africa college interest: We are interested in the relationships between nutrition, health and production of tropical livestock with expertise in animal physiology, feed evaluation and management systems.
Paul Anthony Millner
Expertise: Bionanotechnology - biosensors and applications of nanoparticles.
Africa college interest: We are interested in the development of biosensors for medical diagnosis and environmental monitoring, and in nanoparticle applications for biocatalysis and biosensing applications. Nanoparticle formulations include polymeric, biosilicate and magnetic nanoparticles.
Dr. Samira A. Mohamed
Expertise: Mainly interested in managing the insect pests using IPM approach, with particular emphasis on biological control using parasitoids. Currently involved in developing an IPM package for management of fruit fly, using baiting techniques, fungal application, orchard sanitation and using of egg and larval parasitoids. Also exploring the use of weaver ant in tackling fruit fly problem.
Expertise: International public health, primarily in the areas of service delivery of communicable and non-communicable disease control.
Africa college interest: I am interested in the impact of nutrition and agriculture on communicable and non-communicable disease control. This could include using simple measures of nutrition (eg mid upper arm circumference and stunting); impact of changing nutrition on susceptibility to communicable disease (eg does increased availability of vitamin D protect against TB) and non-communicable disease (eg does a more diverse diet reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity).
Dr Peter G. N. Njagi
Expertise: An entomologist involved in research on insect behaviour and chemical ecology with regard to insect-insect, insect-host and non-host (plants, humans and animals) interactions. The work involves elucidating mainly the chemical cues that are involved in these interactions with a view to determining whether the cues can be exploited for monitoring and/or management of the target species. Previous and current work on multidisciplinary projects with colleagues has been on various insect species including locusts, mosquitoes, tsetse flies, and parasitoids of cereal stem borers.
Dr Brigitte Nyambo
Expertise: An agricultural entomologist and IPM specialist in horticultural crops, coffee and cotton; training of trainers and farmers? group in IPM; development of training modules and materials; and food safety in horticultural production system.
Expertise: Nutritional quality of foods
Africa college interest: I am interested in understanding the molecular determinants of nutritional quality in seeds (e.g. Cowpea) with the aim to identify varieties with enhanced nutritional quality. The effect of growing conditions on nutritional quality is also of interest. Our department has expertise in validated methods of food analysis to obtain nutritional composition of foods.
Expertise: African meteorology and climate; monitoring, measurements, theory and modelling.
Africa college interest: My group is working actively on many aspects of African weather and climate, with a focus on the countries of West Africa. Through the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA) project, we can offer extensive observations and links to very extensive international research networks. In Leeds, our work spans weather and climate dynamics of the land and atmosphere: we wish to increase our application of this science to biological and human systems.
Dr Remy Stephane Pasquet
Expertise: Everything related to cowpea wild relatives, including diversity and phylogeny, breeding applications, pollination, and ecological risk assessment linked to future GM cowpea.
Expertise: Risk Analysis; multi-criteria modelling; cost-benefit analysis.
Africa college interest: Understanding judgement and decision making from both a behavioural perspective (how people make decisions in practice) and a decision support perspective (what tools and techniques promote better decision making?)
Dr Marian Quain
Expertise: Dr Marian Quain is a visiting Research Fellow based in the Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology, in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds. She is a research scientist (Biotechnologist) at CSIR - Crops Research Institute, in Kumasi, Ghana.
Dr Claire Quinn
Expertise: I am an ecological social scientist with expertise in field and conservation ecology; institutional theory and land tenure; and participatory approaches for social science research.
Africa college interest: I am an interdisciplinary researcher with experience working with multidisciplinary teams. I have fieldwork experience and contacts with researchers in Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania. I have expertise in conducting village level research using participatory methods. My interests are dynamic socio-environmental systems, common pool resources, property rights and institutions in natural resource management, and adaptation to environmental change.
Expertise: Epidemiology and control of human parasitic disease
Africa college interest: I can offer expertise in the epidemiology of parasitic diseases, including soil-transmitted nematodes (hookworm, Ascaris, Trichuris) and vector-borne disease (leishmaniasis). This includes large-scale field surveys, with assessment of parasite burden, immunological responses to infection, and health impacts of infection; assessment of the impact of control measures; and statistical analysis of epidemiological data
Prof. Suresh K. Raina
Expertise: Prof. Raina is a Gold medalist in entomology and genetics. Graduated from Nagpur University India, Conducted Post Doctoral research in Saskatoon, Canada and Montana USA and has many years taught post graduate and PhD level courses since 1971 in the Universities and Research Organizations in Canada, India and Africa. Has written many books, published research papers and project reports for International Donors. He is also engaged in consultancy work and farmer?s trainings for major donors.
Dr Rajinder Saini
Expertise: Undertook research at the USDA-ARS-Insect attractants and basic biology research laboratories in Gainesville Florida USA. Specialisation is in insect behaviour and chemical ecology with a focus on bait development and repellents and vectors of zoonotic diseases. He has more than 30 years of working experience with tsetse and has coordinated several research projects funded by among others IFAD, EC, UNDP/World Bank, & Australian Development Corporation.
Expertise: Community ecology, focusing on insect-natural enemy interactions
Africa college interest: Relevant expertise concerns the ecology of insect pests, invasive and migrant species and their interactions with a range of natural enemies, but especially pathogens and parasitoids. Current applications are in species' responses to climate change and sustainable agriculture.
Dr. Susannah Mary Sallu
Expertise: Environment-development interactions and sustainability in Africa
Africa college interest: My research focusses on environment-development challenges in Africa. I incorporate theories, tools and techniques from the natural and social sciences to better understand environment-society dynamics and interactions. I have expertise in the assessment of sustainability, ecosystem services, rural livelihoods and poverty dynamics; natural resource management and participatory governance. Current research focuses on investigating the relationships between Sustainable Agricultural Intensification, Conservation Agriculture, Climate-smart Agriculture, Payment for Ecosystem Services and Climate Change related mechanisms (e.g. REDD+ and CDM) and poverty alleviation in Africa.
Dr Rosemary Sang
Expertise: Arbovirologist with special interest in the epidemiology of Arboviral diseases afflicting humans.
Expertise: Savanna ecology, Grazer-plant-soil interactions, Nutrient cycling, Climate change
Africa college interest: We are interested in understanding how interactions between multiple drivers (rainfall, soils, fire and herbivory) influence the structure and dynamics of savanna ecosystems, and how these ecosystems are likely to respond to future climate change. We can offer expertise in savanna community and ecosystem ecology, nutrient cycling, tree-grass interactions and plant-herbivore interactions in savannas.
Dr Abdurabi Seif Abdurabi
Expertise: Plant pathologist with expertise in diagnosis and management of diseases of horticultural crops, IPM training in horticultural crops, and development of training materials.
Dr Subramanian Sevgan
Expertise: An entomologist by training and with expertise in the fields of insect virology, especially on baculoviruses and pest management in vegetable ecosystems with emphasis on management of diamondback moth in crucifers and thrips in vegetables like French bean, tomato, onion etc. Currently co-ordinating a program on thrips IPM in vegetable ecosystems of East Africa and aiming to understand the diversity of thrips and their natural enemies, evaluate the field ecology of thrips and develop ecologically sound integrated pest management options for thrips in East Africa.
Expertise: My primary interest is genetic susceptibility to infectious disease (human/domestic species), for diseases prevalent in the tropics. This includes several macrophage pathogens, immune responses elicited, and how host genetic diversity influences the outcome of infection. Pathogen variation is also considered in tandem, complemented with co-editorship of ‘Infection, Genetics and Evolution’.
Yim Ling Siu
Expertise: A geographer by training, I have attained over 15 years of multi-disciplinary research experience on national energy demand forecasts, water quality monitoring of river catchments, and regional/national on-road transport demands. My research portfolio recently expanded to include areas on environmental risks and sustainability (e.g. risk analysis, environmental impact assessment, risk communication), Quality Audit for Science (particularly uncertainty) and environmental information and social learning.
Expertise: Prescribing (all aspects); influences on prescribing; role erosion. I am currently looking at why changes that happened in hospital pharmacy in the UK did not happen in South Africa, where I also have a position. Historical aspects of prescribing.
Lindsay C. Stringer
Expertise: Environmental change, land degradation, desertification, participatory approaches, livelihoods, environmental policy
Africa college interest: I am interested in the use of participatory approaches to understand land degradation and its livelihood impacts, and the use of different types of knowledge in addressing degradation and change. I can offer expertise on desertification, international policy to combat desertification, and participatory methods/approaches in understanding environment-society relations.
Dr Anne Tallontire
Expertise: My interests are in sustainable agriculture, international trade in agricultural products, standards for trade, the role of the private sector in development, fair trade and corporate social responsibility (CSR). I have undertaken research and consultancy projects in a number of African countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Sudan and South Africa.
Dr Baldwyn Torto
Expertise: The application of chemical ecological techniques to elucidate the signaling mechanisms underlying the interactions between arthropod pests and beneficials and their hosts, and to develop these chemical signals into farmer-acceptable tools for their integrated use in pest management.
Expertise: My primary research interests are development of diseases (bacterial, fungal and viral) and pest (nematodes) resistant cultivars of banana and plantain. I am also interested in drought tolerance and developing molecular diagnostics for diseases.
P. E. Urwin
Expertise: Plant nematology, plant biotechnology and plant stress
Africa college interest: We are primarily interested in nematode parasitism of plants. We are interested in how biotic and abiotic stresses interact. We have experience in biotechnological applications of our fundamental research in crops such as potato, rice and banana. We not only evaluate the effective defence provided by such biotechnology but also the ecological implictions it may have.
James van Alstine
Expertise: Environmental policy and governance; corporate environmentalism and corporate social responsibility; environmental and social risks of industrial development; politics of low carbon transitions; governance of natural resource extraction.
Expertise: 1) Agrarian regulation and development. Attention is focused on the analysis of food and farming systems; specifically, formal and informal regulation of the interface between farming, environment, and livelihoods; 2) Sustainable agriculture, agri-environmental, and rural development education, training and extension; 3) rural, agricultural and agri-environmental policy development, and; 4) Agri-environmental management.
Expertise: DNA damage and repair and the effects on growth and stress tolerance
Africa college interest: We are interested in how plants repair DNA and the roles of these pathways in plant transformation and their effects on growth under stress conditions including UV, soil pollutants, desiccation, seed storage and germination. We focus on analysis of DNA damage and repair pathways, using biochemical, genetic and cell biology approaches.