Senior Research Fellowships 2016


Since 15 years Doctor Enweani, who obtained her Ph D in Medical Microbiology in 1998, has been teaching Microbiology in Nigeria. She is presently attached to the Department of Medical Laboratory Science of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University. She is currently working on the potential use of soursop and sweetsop fruit juices with supplements in the management of diarrhoea and malnutrition in children, with the clear objectives of reaching a drastic reduction of mortality and morbidity in children due to diarrhoea and of creating room for capacity building, empowerment and food security among women and children especially in the developing world. She will undertake her research in the Carlos III Health Institute.


Dr. Yemisi Adesiji is a Nigerian senior lecturer in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osogbo and acting as the head of department of Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Ilorin. With over 10 years of teaching experience she has contributed to knowledge of Epidemiology of food borne pathogen of zoonotic importance in Nigeria as show her various publications. Her research interest mainly lays in genomic studies and especially in developing vaccination against Tuberculosis infection in cattle and humans in developing countries. She will undertake her research in the Carlos III Health Institute.


Dr. Chiaka Anumudi is a Nigerian senior lecturer, who obtained her Ph D in Zoology (Cellular Parasitology) at the University of Ibadan. During more than 13 years her research activities have been in the area of the immunopathogenesis and molecular epidemiology of simple and severe malaria in Nigerian endemic country settings. She is currently interested in translational research for control of schistosomiasis especially in the context of co‐ infection with malaria, in addition to her interests in the genetic host‐pathogen interactions. Dr. Anumude will undertake her research in the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO).


Dr. Sarra Arbaoui is a Tunisian reasearch assistant within the High Agronomic Institute of Chott Mariem, Tunisia. She studied at the National Agronomy Institute of Tunisia where she got her Master degree in Crop Sciences, and then her PH. D in Agricultural Sciences, prensenting a thesis on the potential of kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) for phytoremediation of trace metals polluted soils. In 2014 she won the L’Oreal‐UNESCO award for women in Science and in May 2016 she has been selected to follow a training in leadership, Women for the future, in Sciences Po Paris. She will be pursing her research on the Arsenic signalling and detoxification mechanisms in plants in the Spanish National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB)


Dr. Elizabeth Kizito has a doctorate degree in Plant breeding obtained from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala and she is currently a senior lecturer and head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Sciences at the Uganda Christian University, Mukono. She is passionate about improving the plight of the indigenous African vegetables, especially the Solanaceae family, which have great potential in meeting the nutritional needs in Africa, and improving the situation of many women small scale farmers involved in its production in terms of income generation and food security in Uganda and the region. She will undertake her research in the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona


Nobanathi Maxacato, a young South African doctor, obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Pretoria in 2012. She is currently a lecturer and research fellow in the University of Johannesburg where she teaches Chemistry for Somatology, for chemical engineering, for food and biotechnology and for environmental health. Her current research aims at finding new catalysts that are capable of solving the problem of surface poisoning at low potentials in Fuel Cells. Her field of study is nanotechnology. Her current research aims at finding new catalysts that are capable of solving the problem of surface poisoning at low potentials in Fuel Cells. She will undertake her research at the Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona


Dr. Atinuke Adebanji is a Nigerian senior lecturer who works at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology of Kumasi, Ghana. Since 2012 she is a member of the West Africa Climate Change and Land Use (WASCAL) programme. She has developed a strong understanding of satistical theory and methods with application in classification techniques and medical sciences, and she is currently developping a research study on predictive spatial analysis of maternal and neonatal mortality for public health intervention evaluation in Ghana. She will underake her research at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences.


Dr Elizabeth Kaase-Bwanga holds a PhD in Economics - Rural Economy and Policy analysis, from the Makerere University of Kampala, Uganda where she is a senior lecturer specializing in Gender and Development Strategies, Feminist Economics and Gender Planning and Monitoring & Evaluation in Local Development. She will developing at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, a research study on the “Gender and Privatization of Health care Systems in Uganda and its Implications for Health Care Enhancement”, with the objective that her results will unable the government and the health practicioners improving the Uganda health system.

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