A PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology specialising in quantitative genetics at the University of Kansas, with a track record of leading nonprofit and for-profit companies in sub-Saharan Africa.

A team player, powerful writer and strong communicator with proven international leadership and project management abilities. Combine business strategy acumen with technical understanding, knowledge of public policy and effective communication to identify solutions for positive change and inspire organisations to act.

Hands-on scientist with a strong background in computational genetics working on the genomic basis of mating system evolution.

Nominee for Outstanding Young Alumni at the inaugural US Mission Alumni Impact Awards, Uganda(2023). Named among 100 Leaders of Impact by the Global Thinkers Forum (2021) and recognized as the International Sickle Cell Advocate of the Year (2020). Nominee for the Student Leader of the Year (2020) at University of Kansas. Awarded the Clarke International University’s most outstanding community outreach award (2018) and selected among the top 1000 young leaders in Africa by the US Dept of State under the Mandela Washington Fellowship (2017). A dedicated Archer, who qualified for All Africa Games 2011 as part of the Uganda Archery Team.

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Previous Job placements to develop my expertise

Genetics Society of America| ECLP

Member, Policy and Advocacy Subcommittee

Dec 2020 – Present America

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with early career scientists to build understanding of the policy framework in USA
  • Working to develop evidence-based policy statements that encourage the use of best, most cost-effective management practices

Uganda Sickle Cell Rescue Foundation

Former Executive Director

Jun 2013 – Jul 2019 Uganda

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall strategic and operational activities of USCRF’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.

  • Building partnerships across the globe, establishing relationships with funders, researchers, political and community leaders

Clarke International University

Assistant Professor

Jun 2013 – Aug 2019 Uganda

Responsibilities include:

  • Chair Basic Sciences Research group focusing on sickle cell research in Uganda Communities
  • Teaching Genetics to undergraduate students

Recent Posts

This study also indicated that health professionals were the least likely source of Sickle cell-related knowledge. Families and friends have been identified as precipitators of stigma and discrimination coupled with myths/beliefs about Sickle cell disease.

The world today is a chaotic place, where injustices are the order of the day. With little or nothing being done by those with authority to address the injustices.

Tuesday 19 June was World Sickle Cell Day. Gilmore talks to Sharifu Kiragga Tusuubirau from Uganda who is living with the disease and he finds out how he manages his day to day life.

Uganda has the fifth highest sickle cell burden in the world. Sadly, the greatest majority of our population is not aware.The ministry of Health indicated that 13.5 per cent of our population carries this condition…

A chronic condition is any condition that requires ongoing adjustments by affected person and interactions with the health care system.



As a geneticist, Sharifu is involved in simulation modeling the process of creating and analyzing a digital prototype of a population genetics model to predict how different alleles change in the real world. Here the code from his first forward simulation model, working with a selfing population of monkeyflowers.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Some of my public talks and lectures

Sharing the value of mentorship as we work to address the UN global goals

A talk at the Mandela Washington Fellows summit 2017.

2017 Story of Change Impact video for the Mandela Washington fellowship program


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  • Monday 10:00 to 13:00 Wednesday 09:00 to 10:00
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