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 my current PhD project, I am looking at the role of genetic and environmental factors in the etiology of internalizing mental disorders (depressive and anxiety disorders) among children and adolescents with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. This PhD project is nested in a bigger MRC/DfID funded longitudinal study that investigated psychiatric and neurocognitive disorders among children and adolescents with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. In five years, I hope to be a faculty member of either an academic institution such as Makerere University or a research unit (such as the Mental Health Project of the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit), undertaking research into psychiatric disorders. Outside work, you will find me cheering my football club, Express FC.