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…

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…

Abebe Hailu

I am originally from Sekota, Ethiopia and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy (B.Pharma) with very great distinction, at Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia. I received my Master degree in Pharmacology from Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Currently, I am staff member and PhD Student in Pharmacology at Addis Ababa University. My research interests include evaluating the clinical outcome of currently used drugs and understanding the…

Melkam Kebede

I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I received my bachelor degree in medical laboratory science from Addis Ababa University and received my Master of General Public Health from Haramaya University. I have got a deep rooted passion for research, especially clinical trials and am particularly interested in the genetic components of psychiatric disorders. For the past two and a half years, I have and continue to work…

Felicita Omari

I am Felicita Omari from Eldoret Kenya, East Africa. I received my bachelor of medicine and surgery degree from Moi University College of Health Sciences, Eldoret Kenya and my Masters degree in Psychiatry at the same school of medicine. My research involves inpatient outcomes of psychiatric treatment for patients with mood disorders, specifically Bipolar mood disorders. More recently I completed a two year follow up study for adult patients with…

Jackline Walumbe

I am from Kenya, East Africa and am currently a third-year postgraduate student at Moi University. I am pursuing a master’s degree in Psychiatry and am interested in women’s mental health. In this regard, I am working on research that assesses factors are associated with postpartum depression (depression of postpartum onset). Given my primary interest, I would stop at nothing in studying all variables that make women prone to mental…

Abigiya Tilahun

I was born and raised in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. I received my BSc degree in Public health from Mada Walabu University, Ethiopia and my Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. My research interest is in mental health epidemiology, particularly within genetics. I am highly motived to increase my knowledge in this area and to continue to develop my profession so that I can share knowledge…

Shareefa Dalvie

I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2007, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Genetics & Development and Physiology, at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Thereafter, I completed my honors, masters and doctoral degrees at the Division of Human Genetics at UCT. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at UCT. My research interests…

Michelle Hoogenhout

I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I did my undergraduate at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, majoring in psychology, genetics, physiology and biochemistry. I then went on to complete an MA and PhD in Psychology at the University of Cape Town. My research focuses on social-communication and behavior in neuro-developmental disorders such as autism. In particular, I am interested in the physiological and genetic processes that shape social-communication…

Nastassja Koen

I am a born-and-bred Capetonian, and received my medical degree (MBChB) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, before completing my PhD in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health. My research interests include trauma- and stressor-related disorders among South African women, incorporating genetic and epigenetic correlations, as well as transgenerational effects. Currently, my work is nested within a multi-year birth cohort study following 1000 mother-offspring dyads in the…