Below you can browse team members by country in alphabetical order.
Professor Abebaw Fekadu Wassie
Co -Director – CDT Africa, Addis Ababa University
Dr Abe Fekadu is a Clinical Professor of Global Mental Health and Head of the World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Therapeutic Discovery (CDT-Africa) at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, where the BSMS is a knowledge partner. Abebaw is also an African Research Leader (the Medical Research Council/DfID, UK) and fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. In addition, he serves on various committees and advisory boards, including WHO, Lancet Commission and Journal editorial boards. Abebaw graduated in Medicine from Addis Ababa University and trained in Clinical Psychiatry in Cardiff and at the Maudsley (UK). He has obtained a certificate in clinical psychopharmacology (British Association for Psychopharmacology, UK), MSc degree (Cardiff University) and PhD (Umea University). His research interests are in clinical trials, complex interventions, mood disorders and knowledge translation.
Dr Belete Adefris Legesse
Post Doctoral Research Fellow – CDT Africa, Addis Ababa University
Dr. Belete A. Legesse is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Head of Medicinal Chemistry at CDT-Africa. He is a Co-investigator of drug development for skin-neglected tropical diseases (Skin NTDs). He is a lead researcher for the bench-scale synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients to promote the local production of medicines. He also serves as NIHR Global Health Research (GHR) Training Programme Academy Member. He received his B.Sc degree in Applied Chemistry from Hawassa University and his M.Sc degree in Organic Chemistry from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He worked from 2005-2008 as a chemistry teaching assistant and from 2008-2009 as a lecturer of organic and physical organic chemistry at Arba Minch University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and Northeastern University, USA, and was a research scholar at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Belete’s Ph.D. research project focused on the preparation of organic nanotubes and metal nanoparticles for drug delivery and diagnostic applications. He is trained in organic nanochemistry at the National Institute of Nanotechnology, NINT-NRC Canada. Belete’s research focuses on drug discovery and development; the development of new synthetic methods for green and medicinal chemistry applications; promoting local production of medicines and nanotechnology for point-of-care diagnostic kit development.
Dr Asrat Mengiste
Co-Investigator – CDT Africa, Addis Ababa University
Dr Asrat Mengiste is n Ethiopian National specialized in general surgery at the Addis Ababa University, having attended numerous specialized reconstructive surgery trainings around the world, namely in the US, UK, India, Norway and South Africa. Asrat acquired a masters of Public Health Programme training at Addis Continental Institute of Public Health, Addis Ababa Ethiopia and has ten publications on peer reviewed Journals. He has over twenty years clinical experience in morbidity management and disability prevention of people affected by Echinococcosis, Trachoma, Buruli Ulcer, Leprosy, Podoconiosis and lymphatic Filariasis. Since July 2018 he has worked at CDT-Africa at the Collage of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia as Senior NTD Technical Advisor.
Professor Eyasu Makonnen Eshetu
Acadmic Supervisor – CDT-Africa, Addis Ababa University
Prof. Eyasu Makonnen Eshetu started his academic carrier as Graduate Assistant at Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University (AAU) since August 1980 soon after his graduation with B. Pharm from AAU. Since then, he has gone through different academic ranks till, he became full professor of Pharmacology in February 2003. Currently, he is Deputy Head of the World Bank Supported Centre for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa), AAU, Ethiopia. He had served as Head, Department of Pharmacology, and as Coordinator, Biomedical Research and Training Program, Faculty of Medicine, AAU. He had advised and is still advising several MSc and PhD students. He has received several research grants from different organizations and published extensively. He has served as member in National Drug Advisory Committee of Ethiopia for six years. He serves as a member of editorial boards in several National and International peer reviewed journals. He has also served as member and vice president in different professional societies and national/international committees. He has served as member and Chairperson of National Health Research Ethics Review Committee. His research focuses mainly on clinical trials and phytotherapy. He is a fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Science.
Mersha Kinfe Lemma
Co-Investigator and Project Coordinator – CDT-Africa, Addis Ababa University
Mersha currently works as the Implementation Research Project Coordinator at CDT-Africa. Prior to this, he worked at the WHO as PST Project Manager at Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences and as WASH Advisor at Progynist head office in Addis Ababa. His education background includes a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) from Haramaya University of Ethiopia and a Bachelors of Bachelor of science degree (BSc.) in Environmental Health science from Jimma University of Ethiopia. In 2004 he received his Diploma in Environmental Health from Haramaya University of Ethiopia.
Post Doctoral Research Fellow – Rwanda Biomedical Centre / University of Rwanda
Eric Remera is a trained biostatistician with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Epidemiology and biostatistics from Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Remera has more than twelve years in public health programs in the programmatic design of delivery of prevention, care, treatment, and support service delivery for public health interventions, monitoring and evaluation, and population and population and clinical research. He has served as director of HIV surveillance and research. As data scientist and researcher, he has been leading the development and implementation of study protocols, conducting data analyses, and the scientific communication of study findings.
PhD Student – Rwanda Biomedical Centre / University of Rwanda
Misbah GASHEGU, BSc, MPH, PhD is a Public Health Professional with knowledge in Public Health and Disease Surveillance. During the COVID-19 pandemic, GASHEGU was assigned by Rwanda Biomedical Center to lead the COVID- 19 Surveillance and Response Team at Kigali International Airport for Rwanda Joint Task Force COVID-19 and contracted by World Health Organization (WHO) to work as COVID-19 Data Manager and Reporting. He has worked as Support staff to the Coordination of Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness and Response activities in Epidemic Surveillance and Response Division from Rwanda Biomedical Center. He has worked with Public institutions, International organizations and academic institutions either on full time basis and part time basis.
Jean Claude IBAMBASI GAKWAVU
Public Engagement Officer – University of Rwanda/ Ruhengeri Referral Hospital
Jean Claude works as Community engagement officer for the GHRU Podo phase 2 project in Rwanda, implemented in partnership with the Ruhengeri referral hospital in Musanze. His principal role is to implement strategies engaging communities affected by podoconiosis and create an environment enabling them to communicate, interact and enhance the community ownership of the project, generate home grown solutions leading to a higher impact on optimal diagnosis, access to service and uptake in research. Jean Claude is a bachelor degree holder in Political History, previously working in population mobilization (particularly youth) locally and regionally. Before joining the GHRU team, he coordinated several different research in public health: HIV prevalence among Adolescents in the City of Kigali, Malaria on behalf of the City of Kigali and UNICEF.
Jean Louis Mangara Ndikumana
PhD Student – Rwanda Biomedical Centre / University of Rwanda
Jean Louis is a Medical Doctor with an MSc in Epidemiology, currently working at Rwanda Biomedical Center as a Director of Prevention in the Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Division. He is a PhD student and an Assistant lecturer at the University of Rwanda. Previously, he has conducted various in country and regional research and clinical trials as a co-investigator.
Jean Pierre Ngangali
PhD Student – Rwanda Biomedical Centre / University of Rwanda
Jean Pierre Ngangali is a PhD student in the GHRU phase 2 project Mechanism of diseases. His thesis focuses on genetics of podoconiosis with aim to explore genes of Human Leucocytes Antigen- Class II (HLA-II) associated with podoconiosis susceptibility. He has an MSc. in clinical molecular immunology from Moi University, school of medicine, Kenya. His thesis titled cytokines and activated T cells phenotypes in HIV positive clients under and not on HAART. Previously, Jean Pierre worked in public health laboratories in molecular and immunology for more than 12 years and is now working as a highly contagious diseases specialist in Rwanda Biomedical Centre / National reference laboratory and assistant lecturer for molecular and immunology at University of Rwanda.
Finance and Grants Manager – University of Rwanda
Augustine Karemera, BBA, MBA, completed his MBA degree at University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics. For the last twelve years he has worked in the University of Rwanda on various research Grants projects and consultancies as a Finance Manager. Grant Manager Mr. Karemera is currently working with CEBHA+ Funded Project, and has worked on other projects with funding from Global Fund Project (SSF-HIV), TIBA Project THRIVE Project supported by WELCOME TRUST Grand Challenges Canada, and European Union Multiple Projects through EDCTP, NIH and CDC Health Projects.
Dr Lawrence Rugema
Co-Investigator – University of Rwanda
Dr. Rugema Lawrence is a public health professional at the University of Rwanda. Most of his research has focused on mental health illness, stigma and barriers to care. Currently he co-leads a 5 years (2021-2026) implementation research grant on Podoconiosis in Rwanda funded by NIHR through Global Research Unit at Brighton Sussex Medical School on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Adolescents sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) are also his areas of research interest.
Professor Leon Mutesa
Principal Investigator – University of Rwanda
Prof. Mutesa, is an MD, PhD and full professor of human genetics, currently working as Director of Center for Human Genetics that he created in 2006 at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences-University of Rwanda. He obtained his MD from the university of Rwanda in 2003 and his PhD in 2009 from the university of Liege-Belgium where he also completed his post-doc in 2011. Throughout his career he has been immensely involved in clinical services, academics, research, capacity building, and management in the health sector. He served as the Director of Department of Clinical Laboratory Dept. at the Kigali University Teaching hospital, which is the largest referral hospital. He has been Director General of Medical Research Center in Rwanda Biomedical Centre under Ministry of Health, where he coordinated health related research activities in all national medical institutions. He developed several research policies within the health sector and founded the Rwanda health research commission which reviews research grants and studies before approval by Rwanda National Ethics Committee.
PhD Student – University of Rwanda
Nadia holds a masters of science in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Development from the former Kigali Health Institute in Rwanda. She has prior work experience in leading and implementing public health programs in both humanitarian and non- humanitarian settings. She has previously worked with different stakeholders to assess population needs and tailor relevant public health programs that responded to identified gaps. This includes experience in building research capacity for ministry of health staff, providing trainings on policy brief development, organizing and moderating local as well as international scientific conferences, supporting disease elimination agendas, establishing new refugee camps and finally, responding to pandemic crises.
Nathy Josepha Umutoni
Research Assistant – University of Rwanda
Nathy works on the Rwanda Action on Podoconiosis Project and the Global Health Research Unit (GHRU) on Neglected Tropical Diseases Phase 2. She has 10 years’ experience working in various sectors and 4 years in research field, and is a masters student in epidemiology.
Research Assistant – University of Khartoum
Mesoud is a Lecturer at the University of Khartoum, in the Faculty of Geographical and Environmental Sciences. His area of my research is geospatial analysis, disease mapping and environmental variability. He has been actively working in spatial information systems GIS, GPS, and remote sensing applications for more than five years.
Rayan Saif Eldin Yousif Ali
Post Doctoral Research Fellow – Institute of Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum
Rayan Ali is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the Institute of Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum. She is working on host genetic susceptibility to mycetoma in Sudan. Her research interests include genetics of infectious diseases and population genetics.
Dr Sahar M. Bakhiet
Project Coordinator – Institute of Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum
Sahar is currently the head department of Molecular Biology at the Institute of Endemic Diseases and the Research Coordinator at the Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum. She is involved in many research projects related to mycetoma with special emphasis on genetic susceptibility, biomarkers, diagnostics and immunology. She also works with the first double-blind clinical trial study on a new treatment for Mycetoma funded by DNDi. Dr Sahar is a project manager for NIHR Global Health Research Unit for Neglected Tropical Diseases (BSMS) projects in mycetoma. She is a member of many national, and international academic and scientific associations.
Kannan Ommer Ahmed
Public Engagement Officer
Kannan Omer Ahmed (B Pharm, MSc , PhD) is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy University of Gezira, Wad Medani, Sudan.
He established the first multidisciplinary heart failure clinic in Sudan, now serving several heart failure patients in which the clinical pharmacist plays a pivotal role in the management process. He is currently in the role of Public Engagement Officer for GHRU Phase 2 in Sudan, working with the community.
Dr Caroline Ackley
Post Doctoral Research Fellow – BSMS
Dr Caroline Ackley holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from UCL and has worked in the Greater Horn of Africa since 2009. View her profile here.
Statisician – BSMS
Chris is a Senior Research Fellow in Medical Statistics, a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Statistician, with a BSc in Biochemistry, a BA in Mathematics and Statistics and a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics. View his profile here.
Dr David Chandler
Research Fellow – BSMS
David Chandler is a Dermatology trainee at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Research Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (Department of Global Health & Infection). His interest is in medical mycology and tropical skin infections. He completed his medical training in Edinburgh (2010) and an MSc in Tropical Medicine & International Health at LSHTM (2012).
Post Doctoral Research Fellow – BSMS
Diana’s research focuses on understanding the immunopathogenesis of podoconiosis. Wider interests include immunology, neglected tropical diseases, and genetic disorders.
Communications and Impact Manager
Esther is the Communications and Impact Manager for the Department of Global Health and Infection based at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She is responsible for the day to day comms strategy for the department, particularly taking research findings and developing them into messages for policy, practitioner, media and lay audiences. She has over 15 years’ experience working in various comms and project management related roles for the academic and NGO sector. She completed her BA in Communication Science at ITESO University in Mexico, and has a MA in Transnational Communication and Global Media from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Professor Gail Davey
Professor Gail Davey is Co-Director of the 5-S Foundation and Professor of Global Health Epidemiology at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She trained at Master and doctoral level at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She moved to Ethiopia for 9 years to work with national colleagues in the School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University. There, she initiated a multidisciplinary program of research into podoconiosis. The programme has covered distribution, aetiology, consequences, management of disease and also to raise the local and international profile of podoconiosis, advocating for inclusion in the WHO list of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). In 2010, Gail returned to the UK on a Wellcome Trust University Award to expand podoconiosis research within Ethiopia and other endemic countries.
Finance Officer – BSMS
Grit is a licensed accountant and fellow member of AAT as well as a part-qualified chartered accountant with ACCA. She has gained valuable work experience in the private and public sector in various roles.
Collaborator – University of Newcastle
Heather Cordell is Professor of Statistical Genetics, and the holder of a Wellcome Investigator Award in Science, in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University, UK. The research interests of her group are the development and application of statistical methodology to genetic studies of complex disease. View her profile here.
Research Fellow – BSMS
Jo Middleton is a biologist trained in medical and veterinary acarology. He collaborates with research in Life Sciences at the University of Sussex and Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at University of Brighton. Much of Jo’s research and teaching involves interrelated work at two very different scales, that of microscopic parasites (specifically acarines) and that of Planetary Health.
Jenni is the Programme Manager for both NIHR 5S Foundation and GHRU2 based at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She has worked in Research Administration and Management for about 13 years working on projects across all disciplines and funders. Her previous role was Head of Post Award Services at the University of Brighton where shewas responsible for their portfolio of research and enterprise awards from an award management and compliance perspective. She is really enjoying being part of the project team again in her current role and supporting the amazing research that takes place across the programme. She has a keen interest in career development, capacity planning and training which link closely to the aims of both programmes.
Dr Maya Semrau
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Maya Semrau is a Senior Research Fellow in implementation research at the Brighton & Sussex Medical School (BSMS). Maya has worked at BSMS since 2017 on the NIHR Global Health Research Unit for NTDs, for which she currently co-leads the Implementation Research Theme, which involves implementation research projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Sudan – she is particularly interested in the mental wellbeing and stigma aspects of NTDs. Maya also co-convenes the Working Group on Mental Wellbeing and Stigma of the Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN)’s Disease Management, Disability and Inclusion (DMDI) cross-cutting group. In addition, she is involved in the 5S Foundation programme at BSMS, as well as the Indigo mental health stigma reduction programme led by King’s College London (KCL). Maya has a background in global mental health research, which followed on from her PhD in ‘International Public Mental Health’ obtained at KCL in 2013. She also holds MSc degrees in ‘Mental Health Services Research’ (KCL) and ‘Experimental Psychology’ (University of Sussex), as well as a BSc in ‘Human Sciences’ (University of Sussex). View her profile here.
Professor Melanie Newport
Co-Investigator – BSMS
Melanie Newport is Professor in Infectious Diseases and Global Health at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She graduated with distinction from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, and trained in clinical infectious diseases in the UK and The Gambia. She has been a consultant physician since 2003. Melanie joined Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) in 2004, just after it opened.
She has led the strategic development of Global Health, a core BSMS theme. This includes the establishment of the Clinical Elective module, the Global Health MSc course and a vibrant research programme that has an international reputation for taking a multidisciplinary approach to tackle conditions that disproportionately affect poor and vulnerable communities living in low-income countries.
Dr Natalia Ivashikina
Senior Health Economist – BSMS
Dr Natalia Ivashikina is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health Economics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Her research expertise covers economic evaluation of health care interventions, decision analytical modelling, systematic literature review and methodology of clinical trials. Natalia has special interest in neglected tropical diseases and applied health economics evaluations in low- and middle-income countries. She is currently a principal/co-investigator on four research projects including studies of neglected tropical diseases in Ethiopia and Sudan, optimising clinical monitoring of HIV-positive patients in South Africa and evaluation of non-medical prescribing in the UK.
Project Support Officer – BSMS
Rachel is the Project Support Officer for the Department of Global Health and Infection based at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She is responsible for supporting the research activities of two major research units; the NIHR Global Health Research Unit for Neglected Tropical Diseases and the NIHR 5-S Foundation. Prior to working at BSMS, she gained experience working for NGOs based in Brazil, Argentina and Peru and more recently in the UK Public Health sector. She completed her BA in Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool and then went onto gain her MA in Social Development at the University of Sussex, with a specialised focus on access to health services for disabled and Deaf communities.
Professor Shahaduz Zaman
Collaborator – BSMS
Professor Zaman Shahaduz has an interdisciplinary background with degrees in Medical Anthropology, Public Health and Medicine. He has more than 15 years of experience in conducting research and teaching in global public health. His research interests include hospital ethnography, Socio-cultural aspects of communicable and non-communicable diseases, death dying and end of life, refugee health, role of art in heath interventions, health policy and health systems in low income countries and medical history. He has conducted research in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Turkey, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Syria. He has received research grants from ESRC, AHRC, MRC, British Academy and WHO. Zaman is also a notable fiction writer in Bengali literature and the recipient of the ‘Bangla Academy Award 2016’ which is the highest national literary award in Bangladesh.
Collaborator – BSMS
Stephen is Professor of Medical Statistics at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, based in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health and also the Brighton and Sussex Clinical Trials Unit since 2015 when he was appointed as senior lecturer. Since his Bachelor’s in mathematical sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and his Master’s in medical statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he has acquired >25 years’ experience in applied health and medical research. Initially, as a research assistant, he worked on the short-term effects of air pollution on human health at St. George’s, University of London where he also obtained his PhD in primary care epidemiology using electronic patient records. Subsequently, he was a lecturer at the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit and the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London. Since 2017, Stephen has supported the quantitative research aspects of Phase 1 of the Global Health Research Unit and continues as a collaborator on Phase 2. His main research interests are in all aspects of pilot and feasibility studies as well as in the design and analysis of pragmatic randomised trials of complex interventions in community settings, particularly in mental health. View his profile here.
Tom Barker is the Senior Health Convenor in the Health and Nutrition Cluster of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK. He has 19 years of experience working in knowledge brokering, research communication, policy engagement, and parliamentary influencing in the UK health, global health, and international development policy arenas. Collaborate with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, and at regional and global levels on projects funded by the likes of UK NIHR, GCRF and the Swiss Government. Communications Manager for the Health Systems Global health policy and systems research and practice network with more than 1,600 members in over 110 countries. He was previously the Policy Influence and Research Uptake Manager for the UK DFID-funded Future Health Systems research consortium. His previous experience includes managing a research knowledge brokering network for the UK NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme; facilitating engagements with the UK Parliament and Whitehall for the NHS Confederation, a membership body for UK NHS organisations; and running the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health. He has a MSc Development Studies from SOAS, University of London.
Post Doctoral Research Fellow – BSMS
Victoria Hall is a Socio-Cultural and Medical Anthropologist with a BA from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology (with a specialisation in Medical Anthropology) from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Global Health from BSMS. She is currently in the final stages of her PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. During her PhD, Victoria specialised in concepts of self, personhood, ontology, cosmology, and religious pluralism in the Himalayan region of north India. This was placed within a framework of interests in the ethical and moral, health and practices of care, expressive form and perceptions of the embodied self, and socio-political and socio-economic differences and/or difficulties amongst migrant, refugee, and socially vulnerable groups.
Dr Vasso Anagnostopoulou
Research Fellow in Medical Statistics – BSMS
Vasso is a Research Fellow in Medical Statistics at the Brighton & Sussex Medical School. After completing her PhD in Mathematics at Queen Mary, University of London, she held postdoctoral positions at Queen Mary, Imperial College London and TU Dresden. She joined BSMS in 2019 and currently works as a statistician in the NIHR Global Health Research Unit for Neglected Tropical Diseases, the NIHR 5-S Foundation, and the Clinical Trials Unit (REDUCe2 Study).