Dr. Francis Makokha, Head: Human Health Research Programme, Mount Kenya University

Dr Makokha is a specialist in molecular medicine and works as Head: Human Health Research Programme and Acting Director of the Directorate of Research & Innovation, at Mount Kenya University (Kenya). His research focuses on understanding the molecular and genetic drivers of cancer in the Kenyan population. He is currently leading a breast cancer genomics study in Kenya and working towards replicating similar efforts in prostate, cervical, colon and liver cancers. He also works with other collaborators and partners to improve the uptake of HPV vaccine and cervical cancer screening services using implementation science approaches. He has worked with Machakos County and AIC Kijabe Hospital to set up a population and hospital-based cancer registries respectively.

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