We wish to congratulate Anthony Etyang and Mainga Hamaluba who have been awarded the Associate Professor title from the University of Oxford.

Anthony Etyang is a research scientist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP), Kilifi. He is the Head of the Epidemiology and Demography within the programme, in which he plays a critical role in the development of its strategic direction and planning.  Anthony qualified in medicine at the University of Nairobi in 2004 and completed a PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2018. Before joining KWTRP, he was a consultant physician and epidemiologist in Kilifi and at the Kenyatta National Hospital in the University of Nairobi. 

Anthony said: I am thrilled on achieving this milestone. I would like to thank all my colleagues, both junior and senior without whose amazing support over the years this would not have been possible. I look forward to even more exciting times ahead’.

Mainga Hamaluba is the Head of Clinical Research at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi. Mainga qualified in medicine in the University of Aberdeen in 2001 and later trained as a junior doctor in paediatrics in Oxford, completing her MD in the Oxford Vaccine Group in 2017. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH).  In her role as Head of Clinical Research, Mainga has consistently played a unique and critical role in organising and driving clinical research trials across a broad range of high impact studies. These include research into the treatment of snake-bite, the use of the Oxford-AZ vaccine in Kenya, the R21 malaria vaccine in Africa and multi-valent pneumococcal vaccine in Nepal, and the use of oxygen supplementation in children pneumonia in Uganda and Africa. She led the development of the most used malaria infection challenge model for the development of new treatment globally and a shigella infection model; and she is currently creating a unique platform for the study of vaccination and critical and new born care in Africa.

Mainga said: ‘Feeling deeply humbled by this award which is a testament to the positive research environments and communities I have been privileged to work in. Foremost I thank my family, mentors, colleagues and research participants who continue to work with us to improve health in Africa’.

Hongera to our new professors!