Emmanuel Mwesiga

I am from the “Pearl of Africa”: Uganda! After receiving a postgraduate degree in Psychiatry, I was offered a lecturing position in the department of Psychiatry at Makerere University. Currently, however, I am a doctoral student at the University of Cape Town. I am studying the role of genetic and environmental predictors on presentation and assessment for cognitive impairment among patients with a first episode of psychosis in an African…

Nathaniel McGregor

I was born and bred in sunny Cape Town, South Africa but spent the majority of my tertiary academic career in wine country at Stellenbosch University. I received my Bachelors in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2005, Honors degree in Genetics in 2007, and a Masters in Human Genetics in 2009. From the middle of 2009 to the beginning of 2011 I was involved in the running of a molecular…

Megan Campbell – University of Cape Town, South Africa

I currently live in Cape Town, but I have been lucky enough to call various parts of South Africa home throughout my life. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town in genetics and psychology in 2017.  In 2018, I completed an honours degree in Human Genetics which examined the genetics of bipolar disorder in a South African cohort. Currently, I am enrolled in a master’s degree…

Benedict Akimana

I am from Kisoro, South Western Uganda. I received my Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Kampala International University, and my Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry from Makerere University. My research interest is to find out the genetic risk (factors) of anxiety disorders and their impact on quality of life and school performance among college students in Uganda. In five years I envisage myself leading the college surveys and…

Andrea Ganna

Andrea Ganna is a group leader at the Finnish Institute for Molecular Medicine and an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.Previously he did his post-doc at the Analytical and Translation Genetic Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School/Broad Institute and his PhD at Karolinska Institute. His research interests lie on the intersection between epidemiology, genetics and statistics. Andrea have authored and co-authored both methodological and applied papers…

Barkot Milkias Shamebo – Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

I am a medical doctor and a psychiatrist from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I completed both my MD and Psychiatry Specialty at the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University and am currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. I have had the opportunity to work as a consultant psychiatrist across a variety of treatment settings, primarily with women suffering from mood and anxiety disorders. Being both a clinician and…

Allan Kalungi

I am a Ugandan national and hold both a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology degrees from Makerere University, Uganda. I am currently enrolled in a joint PhD program with Makerere University, Uganda and Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Since 2014, I have been involved in investigating the genetic associations of psychiatric problems (the first East African scientist to do this). In…

Courtney White, Program Coordinator

Courtney White joined the GINGER program in February 2018 as the team’s Program Coordinator. As part of the GINGER program, Courtney supports all aspects of program execution and serves as the team’s administrative lead. She received her Bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Wellesley College and her Masters in Migration Studies from Tel Aviv University, where her focus was on ethnic identity and the securitization…

Engida Girma Gebeso – Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

I was born and raised in Zeway, Ethiopia. I attended Addis Ababa University for my Doctor of Medicine and specialty certificate in Psychiatry. Currently, I am assistant professor of Psychiatry and a newly admitted Ph.D. candidate in mental health epidemiology at AAU. My main research involvement has been leading an innovative project aimed at integrating mental and reproductive health in refugee settings in Ethiopia. I am currently examining the psychometric…

Benyam Dubale

My name is Benyam Worku Dubale. I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and still live and work in my hometown. I received my MD from Jimma University in Jimma, Ethiopia and went on to specialize in Psychiatry at Addis Ababa University (AAU). Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Deputy Head of the Department of Psychiatry at AAU. I have been involved in various…