Professor of Parasitology and Director of the Cambridge-Africa Programme,
Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
David is a Professor of Parasitology at the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge. For 30 years, David’ group carried out field-based research on human schistosomiasis and other human parasitic diseases in endemic rural areas in Africa. This research was conducted in long-term partnership with colleagues in Uganda, Kenya and Mali, and more recently through collaborations in Ghana, Gabon, and Tanzania.
David is currently the Director of the Cambridge-Africa Programme (which he initiated in 2008) at the University of Cambridge. Cambridge-Africa is a key strand of the University’s official international strategy, and through David’s leadership, the Programme is making the University of Cambridge’s globally-renowned expertise, resources and influence readily available to support and partner African research institutions towards international competitiveness and self-sustenance. This is being achieved through a range of research collaboration and capacity building initiatives that focus on supporting African priorities. David is also now the Director of the Wellcome Trust-Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research (WT-CCGHR: http://wt-globalhealth.cam.ac.uk/), a key Centre that has evolved out of the Cambridge-Africa Programme, with a focus on supporting African health research.
David has served on numerous advisory boards and funding panels that support African research and scientific capacity strengthening, and he leads Cambridge-Africa to provide Cambridge institutional support for African research and scholarship across all academic disciplines.