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  • Pauline Byakika-Kibwika, winner of the HIVRT alumni scholarship to attend the HIV Drug Therapy Congress, Glasgow, 2018.

    HIV Research Trust alumni were asked to complete a survey describing how their HIVRT scholarship had impacted their professional and academic lives allowing Trustees to better understand how it affected patient outcomes in the scholar’s home setting. The Trustees assessed all survey responses and selected Pauline to receive the above award. Her story is summarised below.

    In 2010 Pauline attended a placement at Mahidol University, Thailand to obtain clinical pharmacology analytical skills to assist her in completing her PhD. Pauline’s PhD work contributed to the current knowledge on treatment of malaria in HIV-infected patients who are also receiving antiretroviral treatment. This work has been utilised and referenced by the World Health Organization in the current policy on treatment of malaria in HIV-infected individuals.

    After completion of her PhD, she was promoted to Associate Professor and currently heads the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Department of Medicine of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda where they care for those who are affected with HIV and opportunistic infections - more than 200 HIV-infected inpatients and over 300 outpatients are seen each month.

    Pauline is also the Director of the Research Directorate at Makerere where her responsibilities include reviewing and guiding the research framework at the Department of Medicine and supervising Masters and PhD students’ research projects.
  • 2014 Scholars

    George Abongomera, Project Coordinator, Uganda
    To attend course in analyzing survey and population data at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, to acquire skills in analysis of cross sectional population survey data focusing on the impact of decentralization of ART services at population level in rural Uganda.

    Polyana D’Albuquerque, Brazil
    To undertake a research stay at the University of Barcelona, Infectious Diseases Unit, focused on clinical trial design, development and data management, in the field of epidemiology, prevention and management of non-AIDS events.

    Patience Atuhaire, Medical Officer and Clinical Studies Coordinator, Uganda
    To attend training workshops in Boston (USA) and London (UK) under the Harvard Medical School – Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program to gain advanced skills in the conduct of clinical trials with a special focus on study design, recruitment and bio statistical considerations.

    Richard Buretta, Research Assistant, Tanzania
    To visit the Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Stellenbosch to undertake training in molecular epidemiological techniques and computational methods for carrying out comparative genomics using variety data types of M.tuberculosis.

    Ibrahim Daud, Research Officer/PhD Student, Kenya
    To visit Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, NCI, US National Institutes of Health (NIH), to undertake advanced laboratory training in Molecular virology and its application to translational and epidemiological studies.

    Stefan Du Plessis, PhD Student and Researcher, South Africa
    To visit the Department of Psychiatry, University Medical Centre Utrecht in The Netherlands to gain further experience in functional brain imaging used in HIV.

    Agnes Eyoh, PhD Student/Junior Scientist, Cameroon
    To visit the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Pretoria in South Africa, to characterise Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from HIV- positive patients, using Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) and High-throughput Multilocus Sequence Typing (Hi-MLST) technologies.

    Soham Gupta, Senior Research Fellow, India
    To visit Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden to undertake training in next generation sequencing techniques to study HIV-1 drug resistant mutants in minor viral quasispecies.

    Joseph Mbugua Kabogo, PhD Student, Kenya
    To visit the Bioinformatics Core, National Microbiology Laboratories, Public Health Agency of Canada to undertake a programme on the determination of pre-existing and low abundance HIV drug resistant variants that may be compromising antiretroviral treatment success among HIV-infected children in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

    Rachel Kansiime, Training Coordinator, Uganda
    To visit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle USA to undertake an 8 week tailored preceptorship with a focus on leadership and management skills development. This will include effective communication, conflict resolution and advanced meeting facilitation as well as intermediate and advanced training on computer software suites. She will also complete an online course delivered by the University of Washington in project planning and management.

    Robert Langat, Research Technician, Kenya
    To visit The Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, London, UK to learn immunological techniques related to HIV vaccine development and testing.

    Herbert Longwe, PhD Student, Malawi
    To visit the Malaria Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK to train on Multiplex Luminex assay and to learn how to conduct analysis and interpretation of Luminex data. The skills and knowledge will be used on his PhD on immunity to malaria in HIV exposed uninfected children.

    Mariam Namawejje Lule, Deputy Data Operations Manager, Uganda
    To visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology (OCICB) to obtain training in server level programming in DataFax and SQL, and to receive mentorship from NIH Data managers on working on international research, statistical analysis with NIH Bio-statisticians and regulatory overview in clinical research monitoring.

    Collin Mangenah, Economics Data Collector, Zimbabwe
    To visit the Department of Health Policy and Management at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) to receive mentorship in analysis of health economic data, the preparation of results for peer-reviewed publication and to take instruction in health economics and economic evaluation in-order to contribute to the development of innovative HIV/AIDS interventions resource limited settings such as Zimbabwe.

    Taguma Allen Matubu, Laboratory Coordinator, Zimbabwe
    To visit BD SUFCU Training Center, University of Stellenbosch in South Africa for advanced flow cytometry training. The course will cover Principles of Multicolor Panel design, Intracellular Cytokine Staining and PMBC Isolation, preservation and recovery.

    Sikhulile Moyo, Laboratory Manager,Botswana
    To visit the Medical Virology Division of the Faculty of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and collaborating institution, Africa Center for Health and Population Studies. The visit will focus on molecular techniques to generate HIV-1 envelope sequences from early founder viruses, Phylogenetic Analysis and Evolutionary Analysis of HIV-1 subtype C. Additionally to use bioinformatics computational tools to answer questions concerning viral evolution.

    Kalo Musukuma, Laboratory Research Associate, Zambia
    To visit the Institute of Infectious Diseases Virology Laboratory at the University of Bern, Switzerland, to undertake laboratory training in virology of HIV/HBV coinfected patients. It will involve HBV viral load quantification and genotyping using an in-house assay developed at university of Bern.

    Gertrude Mutonyi, Data Manager, Uganda
    To visit the data and statistics section of Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) to learn clinical trials data management processes in particular the use of OpenClinica software and its applicability in health research.

    Babatunde Olusola, Assistant Lecturer, Nigeria
    To visit the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya, to learn the technique and application of multiparametric flow cytometry for retrovirus research. Specifically, to acquire competency in the use of the technique in measuring the levels of dendritic, microglia, memory and quiescent T cells populations from blood samples of treatment-naive HIV infected cohorts.

    Hrishikesh Pandit, Graduate Student and Senior Research Fellow, India
    To visit Department of Obstetrics Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School for training in vaginal epithelial explant cultures, gene expression studies and a novel human vaginal bacterial colonization assays relevant in understanding innate immune response in HIV infection.

    Frankline Onchiri, Research Biostatistician/Epidemiologist, Kenya
    To visit the University of Washington-Seattle for a 3-months for a taught course on statistical techniques used in genetic epidemiology to lead to successful completion of PhD research dissertation on bacteremia HIV-infected children in rural Western Kenya.

    Tanawan Samleerat, Lecturer, Thailand
    To visit the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Center for AIDS Research, University of Washington to obtain technical expertise in determination of HIV-1 drug resistance mutants by Illumina sequencing and the subsequent analysis of the results.

    George Semango, Laboratory Scientist and Researcher, Tanzania
    To visit the Nijmegen Institute of Infection, Inflammation and Immunity (N4i) at The Radboud University Medical Centre, The Netherlands to train in cell culture and advanced microscopy techniques.

    Constance Shumba, Director of Health and Community Programs, Uganda
    To visit Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, to undertake short courses in human resources for health and qualitative data analysis.

    Katlego Sojane, PhD Student, South Africa
    To visit the HIV Molecular Pathogenesis Laboratory of the Burnet Institute Centre for Biomedical Research, Australia, to learn various HIV phenotypic characterisation assays which contribute to the understanding of HIV pathogenesis.

    Jaime Soria, Clinician, Peru
    To visit the Frenkel Lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Washington, USA, to undertake training using an oligonucleotide ligation assay to detect point mutations conferring resistance to antiretroviral drugs.

    Narukjaporn Thammajaruk, Clinical Pharmacologist, Thailand
    To visit Department of Pharmacy and Nijmegen Institute for Infection, Inflammation and Immunology (N4i) of Radboud University Medical Centre, The Netherlands to train in developing and validating bio-analytical assays for HIV and HCV drugs.

    Mqondisi Tshabalala, Lecturer/ DPhil Student, Zimbabwe
    To visit the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, United Kingdom for two months training in HLA genotyping for his DPhil on Immunogenetics of Subtype C HIV in Zimbabwe.





    • 11th Jan 2021: Applications Open
    • 7th March 2021: Applications Close
    • April 2021: Scholarships announced



    If you are interested in applying for a scholarship find out more below:



    The scholarships are for health care professionals in early/mid-career who are located in resource-limited settings from low-income and lower-middle-income countries working in the field of HIV infection. Read more to see if you are eligible.