Research Project: The nasopharyngeal fungal microbiota in HIV-exposed uninfected and HIV non-exposed children with and without lower respiratory diseases

Postdoc Year(s): 2017-2018

Dr. Mamadou Kaba is a CTN International Fellow residing in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a clinician-scientist who currently holds a position as a Wellcome Trust Training Fellow in the Division of Medical Microbiology at the University of Cape Town. Dr. Kaba’s research interests include the study of the contribution of microbial community to human health.

Through his fellowship, Dr. Kaba hopes to use the results of his study to contribute to a better understanding of the role and interaction of the nasopharyngeal microbiota in the development of acute to severe childhood lower respiratory illnesses. Dr. Kaba will also look at the differences in the microbial community between HIV-exposed and unexposed children and assess whether this impacts lower respiratory diseases. Future research could then lead to a better understanding of the ‘complete’ microbial etiology of respiratory diseases of childhood to guide therapy regimens for improved patient care management.

Dr. Kaba received his medical degree from the University of Conakry, Guinea. He also holds a MSc and a PhD, both in infectious diseases, from Aix-Marseille University, France. His supervisors for his fellowship are Prof. Lehana Thabane (McMaster University, Canada) and Prof. Mark P. Nicol (University of Cape Town, South Africa).