Dr Julius Mulindwa, Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Sports Science, CoNAS, Makerere University, together with colleagues Prof. Nicolai Seigel at the University of Munchen, Germany and Dr Kevin Marucha at Kisii University, Kenya were recently awarded a research grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG) amounting to 290,985 Euro. Out of this, 179,735 Euro is for the research activities that will be conducted at the Department of Biochemistry and Sports Science, CoNAS.
The research study is about, “Understanding cell to cell heterogeneity in African trypanosome field isolates”.
The benefits of this study to Makerere University will include:
1. Capacity building in trypanosome single cell transcriptomics. This technic can be further exploited in other fields of research including cancer biology and it will be a great breakthrough if it is established at CONAS.
2. Training of a Ugandan PhD student and MSc students.
3. Building research networks and fostering collaborative research between Makerere University, LMU, Germany and Kisii University, Kenya.