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African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI)

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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research and Innovation (CARI) to establish a post-doctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI).

The fellows train in a global health research area of priority for their home institutions and countries, and AAS, BMGF and NIH, while building bridges and lasting connections between the partner organizations and African scientists and institutions. While at the NIH, the fellows must be on leave or sabbatical from their home institution under the NIH Intramural Visiting Fellow Program. The research priority areas include infectious diseases, nutrition, and reproductive, maternal and child health; and developing skills for clinical and translational research.

Cohort 2: African Postdoctoral Training Initiative Fellows and NIH Hosts (2021-2022)

  • Fellow: Dr. Oluwaremilekun Ajakaye
    Home institution: Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: Protozoan parasites
  • Fellow: Dr. Abdoulie Bojang
    Home institution: Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit, The Gambia
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: Microbiome, respiratory infections, bioinformatics
  • Fellow: Dr. Benjamin Chimukangara
    Home institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    Host institution: NIH Clinical Center
    Research area: Pneumocystis, HIV-related opportunistic infections
  • Fellow: Dr. Chinwe Chukwudi
    Home institution: University of Nigeria, Nsukka
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: Protozoan parasites
  • Fellow: Dr. Michael Frimpong
    Home institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: Microbiome, respiratory infections, bioinformatics
  • Fellow: Dr. Daniel Kiboi
    Home institution: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: Malaria
  • Fellow: Dr. Olivia Matshabane
    Home institution: University of Cape Town, South Africa
    Host institution: National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
    Research area: Genetic diseases, stigma
  • Fellow: Dr. Henrietta Mensah-Brown
    Home institution: University of Ghana
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: Malaria
  • Fellow: Dr. Nicholaus Mnyambwa
    Home institution: National Institute for Medical Research, Muhimbili Centre, Tanzania
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: Tuberculosis
  • Fellow: Dr. Kenneth Ssebambulidde
    Home institution: The Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University, Uganda
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis

Cohort 1: African Postdoctoral Training Initiative Fellows and NIH Hosts (2019)

  • Fellow: Dr. Idowu Aimola
    Home institution: Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria
    Host institution: National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
    Research area: diabetes, maternal and child health
  • Fellow: Dr. Nana Ama Amissah
    Home institution: Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: infectious diseases
  • Fellow: Dr. Thomas Hormenu
    Home institution: University of Cape Coast, Ghana
    Host institution: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
    Research area: diabetes
  • Fellow: Dr. Musa Kana
    Home institution: Federal University Lafia, Nigeria
    Host institution: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
    Research area: tuberculosis, respiratory diseases, child health
  • Fellow: Dr. Rania Labib
    Home institution: Children’s Cancer Hospital, Egypt
    Host institution: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    Research area: child health
  • Fellow: Dr. Hamma Maiga
    Home institution: Institut National de Recherche en Santé Publique, Mali
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: malaria, maternal and child health
  • Fellow: Dr. Bartholomew Ondigo
    Home institution: Egerton University, Kenya
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: malaria
  • Fellow: Dr. Kolapo Oyebola
    Home institution: University of Lagos, Nigeria
    Host institution: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
    Research area: sickle cell disease
  • Fellow: Dr. Irene Offei Owusu
    Home institution: Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana
    Host institution: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Research area: infectious diseases, viruses
  • Fellow: Dr. Markos Tesfaye Woldeyohannes
    Home institution: St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia
    Host institution: National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
    Research area: child health

Inquiries

  • Susan Gichoga
    Grants Officer, African Academy of Sciences
    Phone: +254 709 158100
    Email: apti@aasciences.ac.ke
  • Jackie Officer
    Program Specialist, Fogarty International Center, NIH
    Phone: +1-301-496-4784
    Email: jackie.officer@nih.gov
  • Stacy Wallick
    Program Officer, Fogarty International Center, NIH
    Phone: +1-301-496-4784
    Email: stacy.wallick@nih.gov

Updated April 15, 2021