The department of medical microbiology welcomes international students who wish to train in infectious diseases research. The department has so far partly supported a couple of international students either to learn clinical microbiological methods, immunology and molecular techniques or to carry out an investigation of their choice in an area of infectious diseases.

Listed below are some of the international students who have trained with us.

1) Kate Dickman

Kate Dickmans was an international medical student from the University of Pittsburg, USA, who pioneered the introduction of MIRU-NVTR technique in our laboratory. She was partly supported by AITRIP and the Forgarty scholarship program. She left a written manuscript of her research and will soon be published. Kate Dickman is also credited for supporting research for a local Master of Molecular Biology student. She is currently at the pediatrics department of Harvard Medical School.

Research title and aims:
Prevalence of infection with multiple strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis among patients with pulmonary tuberculosis in Kampala, Uganda:This study was done with Howard Hughes funding, aiming at evaluating the presence of multiple strain infections in a high TB burden country using the Mycobacterial Interspersed Repetitive Units-Variable Number Tandem Repeats (MIRU-VNTR) molecular typing technique in our laboratory.

Supervisors: Moses L. Joloba & Chris Whalen

Duration: 2007-2009(with breaks in between)

Funding: Howard Hughes, AITRIP and the Forgarty scholarship program.

Nationality: USA

2) Bethany Cadwell

Research title: The use of RFLP and Spoligotyping in understanding transmission of Mycobactreium tuberculosis Complex in a house hold

Supervisors: Moses L. Joloba

Duration: 2009-2010

Funding: American ambassador Rotarians

Nationality: USA

School of admission: Ohio State University School of Medicine