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Dr Segun Fatumo

Dr. Segun Fatumo is an Assistant Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics at the MRC/UVRI Uganda and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) . He leads The African Computational Genomics (TACG) Research group. His group’s expertise includes GWAS, meta-analysis, genetic risk score, fine mapping and Mendelian randomisation studies. He was recently (July 2020) awarded a prestigious Wellcome International Intermediate Fellowship to lead an innovative research programme at the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM.

Dr Fatumo’s research largely focuses on the genetic impact of non-communicable diseases in Africa. He is actively involved in capacity building across Africa including teaching and/or postgraduate supervision at the University of Sciences, Techniques, and Technology of Bamako (USTTB) Mali, and Covenant University Nigeria and the H3Africa Bioinformatics Network (H3ABioNet) node at the Centre for Genomics Research and Innovation, National Biotechnology Development Agency (CGRI-NABDA) in Abuja, Nigeria.

He received postdoctoral training in genetic epidemiology at the University of Cambridge and Wellcome Sanger Institute and a postdoctoral fellowship in Bioinformatics at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA. Prior to that, He 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 his Ph.D. Programme, Segun developed a model which identified twenty-two (22) potential novel drug targets against malaria, some of which have been tested and validated experimentally.

Dr. Fatumo is the Founder and pioneer President of the Nigerian Bioinformatics and Genomics Network. He is the immediate past vice-president of the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB).