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One Health Eastern Africa Research Training Program

As part of a Fogarty Global Health Training Program grant from the National Institutes of Health, the Global One Health initiative developed the One Health Eastern Africa Research Training (OHEART) program. Its purpose is to build capacity of four eastern African academic institutes located in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania through a PhD and post-doctoral fellowship program in foodborne, waterborne and vector-borne diseases, where candidates spend 1.5 years at Ohio State and 2.5 years at their home university.

The program involves Ohio State faculty from six colleges including Arts and Sciences, Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Veterinary Medicine. In addition, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Distance Education and e-Learning provide expertise to the project as well. 


OHEART provides opportunities for faculty and student networking, increases the number of international scholars and helps narrow the gap in scientific knowledge and research capacity both for Ohio State and eastern African partners. The project also provides critical visibility for Ohio State in the region among academic and other institutional partners.

Priority Topics and Thematic Co-Leaders

One Health / Meta-leadership

Michael Bisesi, PhD (Ohio State)
William Ogara, PhD, DVM (University of Nairobi)

Responsibilities: Scientific Communication, Grant Management and Ethics Implementation

Topics Leaders Responsibilities
Foodborne

John Gunn, PhD (Ohio State)
Asfawossen Asrat, PhD (Addis Ababa University)

Salmonella
bTB Campylobacter
Brucella
Waterborne Cecilia Kathure Mbae, PhD (Kenya Medical Research Institute)
Jiyoung Lee, PhD (Ohio State)
Enteric viruses
V. cholerae
C. parvum
Vectorborne Rosemary Sang, PhD (Kenya Medical Research Institute)
Abhay Satoskar, MD, PhD (Ohio State)
Leishmania
Rift Valley Fever Emerging viruses
Antimicrobial Resistance

Samuel Kariuki, PhD (Kenya Medical Research Institute)
Thomas Wittum, PhD (Ohio State)

MDR
Blocide heavy metal
Rapid Detection Diagnostics Belay Tessema, PhD (University of Gondar)
Shu-Hua Wang, MD, MPH, TM (Ohio State)
Point-of-care
Field deployable
Genomics and Bioinformatics George Obiero, PhD (University of Nairobi)
Prosper Boyaka, PhD (Ohio State)
Metagenomics
Biomakers
WGS