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African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) announces second cohort of fellows to be hosted at NIH

April 14, 2021

The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) will soon welcome its second cohort of ten fellows to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The post-doctoral training fellowship program, launched in 2019, is supported through a partnership of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and implemented through the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) platform, NIH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research and Innovation (CARI).

Fellows chosen for the second cohort come from seven African countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. They will focus their research on a broad range of research areas, including genetic diseases and stigma; HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis; malaria; the microbiome, respiratory infections and bioinformatics; pneumocystis and HIV-related opportunistic infections; protozoan parasites; and tuberculosis.

NIH institutes and centers hosting fellows include the NIH Clinical Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

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

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