Dr Segun Fatumo
of Genetic Epidemiology & Bioinformatics
MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
Uganda Medical Informatics Centre
I was originally trained as a Computer Scientist but my current research largely focuses on the genetic impact of non-communicable diseases in Africa. I am particularly interested in understanding the impact of genetic variation of a range of cardio-metabolic traits in Sub-Sahara Africa. Though I work primarily in Uganda where I am responsible for leading large-scale genomic analyses of complex datasets, I am also actively involved in capacity building across Africa. I have teaching and/or supervision engagement with the University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako and Covenant University, Nigeria where I am a visiting faculty. I also maintain close research collaboration with the H3Africa Bioinformatics Network especially Abuja node Nigeria.
I received postdoctoral training in genetic epidemiology at the University of Cambridge and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and a postdoctoral fellowship in Bioinformatics at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA. Prior to that, I had postgraduate training in applied Bioinformatics at the University of Cologne, Germany and Ph.D. in Computer Science (Bioinformatics specialization) from Covenant University, Nigeria. During my Ph.D., I developed a model which identified twenty-two (22) potential novel drug targets against malaria, some of which have been tested and validated experimentally.
I am the current President of the Nigerian Bioinformatics and Genomics Network and vice-president of the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB) and where I play a prominent role in the development of bioinformatics and genomics in Africa.
My work largely centres on the genetic basis of Non-communicable diseases, particularly chronic kidney disease, lipid metabolism, coronary artery and infectious disease, and the use of genetic tools for causal inference.