Molecular epidemiology of ESBL-carrying Enterobacteriaceae among neonates at Kilifi County Hospital


  • Ngure Kagia

    KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme

Project summary

Ngure aims to describe the genetic diversity and epidemiology of strains of multidrug-resistant bacteria (extended spectrum beta-lactamase positive Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E)) carried by neonates admitted to a hospital in Kenya. He will compare these with ESBL-E from other settings globally and to ESBL-E causing invasive disease among neonates at the same hospital. He also intends to describe the mobile genetic elements and genetic determinants of resistance present among these ESBL-E. Ngure will be mentored and supervised by Professor Nicholas Thomson and Professor Anthony Scott and the Fellowship will support him to pursue a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics.

This grant was awarded under the scheme's previous name of Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.