1st African Microbiome Day: Showcasing microbiome research in Africa

15:00 - 15:05
Breastmilk/Skin/Other Microbiome
15:05 - 15:20Invited Speaker talk (Prof. Alash'le Abimiku) - Breast milk microbiota influence on infant gut microbiome
15:20 - 15:49Edwin Appiah: The Gastric Microbiome and Gastric Carcinogenesis: Bacteria diversity, Co-occurrence patterns and Predictive Models

Saori Iwase : Longitudinal gut microbiota composition of South African and Nigerian infants in relation to tetanus vaccine responses

Deborah Adedire: Microboime diversity analysis of the bacterial community in Idah River, Kosi State, Nigeria
Respiratory/Lung Microbiome
15:49 - 16:04Invited Speaker - Dr. David Kateete
16:04 - 16:34Shantelle Claassen-Weitz: The role of the nasopharyngeal bacteriome in lower respiratory tract infection in a South African birth cohort: a nested case-control study of the Drakenstein Child Health Study

Maimuna Carrim: Changes in nasopharyngeal microbiota and Streptococcus genus during influenza infection in a community cohort study, South Africa

Meryem Chebak: Assessment of the association of Chlamydiae pneumoniae infection with Lung Cancer in a Moroccan patients’ Cohort

Regina Esinam Abotsi: The sputum bacteriome in African children with HIV-associated chronic lung disease after long term azithromycin treatment
16:34 - 16:50

Badrodien Yameen, Fakunle Adekunhle, Hala M Mahmoud, Lauren Martin, Linda Paulo, Matsepo Ramaboli, Reyed Reyed, Sofia Sehli, Yao Flora, Kangaye Amadou Diallo
Reproductive Microbiome
16:50 - 17:05Invited Speaker: Dr Sinaye Ngcapu - Vaginal microbiome in African women
17:05 - 17:35Majoalane Ramatsebe:Use of a Multiplex Quantitative PCR to evaluate the association of the vaginal microbiome and adverse pregnancy outcomes in South Africa
Gut Microbiome
17:35 - 17:50Invited Speaker: Prof. Scott Hazelhurst - The AWI-Gen Microbiome Project: A lens to explore cardio-metabolic disorders in Africa
17:50 - 18:20Natasha Kitchin: Gut microbial alterations in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

Lobna Nabil: Healthy dietary choices are associated with higher serum propionate and PGC1α expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells in adult humans.

Kingsley Anukam: Comparative gut microbiota compositions of lean and overweight healthy adult women from South East Nigeria, using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing methods

Suereta Fortuin: Urbanization and NCDs
18:20 - 18:55
Keynote Speaker (Prof. Rob Knight) - Resources and methods for a representative picture of global microbiomes
18:55 -19:00


Rob Knight

Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, and Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego.
University of California, San Diego and the co-founder of the American Gut Project

Alash'le Abimiku

Prof. Alash’le Abimiku has been pivotal to the establishment of a long-term collaboration between Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) as a co-founder and where she directs the Laboratory diagnostics and research; and the Institute of Human Virology University of Maryland School of Medicine (IHV-UM), Baltimore where she is a Professor of Medicine.
Institute of Human Virology Nigeria; University of Maryland, Baltimore

David Kateete

I am a Senior Lecturer and Ag. Chair of Dept., Immunology & Molecular Biology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine and a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology at Makerere University in Kampala Uganda.
Immunology & Molecular Biology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences

Scott Hazelhurst

Scott Hazelhurst is professor of bioinformatics in the School of Electrical & Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is PI of the Wits node of H3ABioNet and also a collaborator on the H3A AWIGen project
School of Electrical & Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand

Sinaye Ngcapu

Dr Sinaye Ngcapu (PhD) is an infectious diseases scientist based at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in the University of KwaZulu-Natal, leading genital microbiome research to investigate differences in the vaginal microbiome
CAPRISA in the University of KwaZulu-Natal

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Poster Session


Jo-Ann Passmore

Head, Mucosal Immunology Laboratory, Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology & Member of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.
Associate Professor Jo-Ann Passmore PhD (Cape Town)

Ovokeraye Oduaran

Postdoctoral fellow at the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the current chair of the H3Africa’s Microbiome Task Force.
Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of the Witwatersrand