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Equity and Merit scholar has thesis published in peer reviewed journal

7 June 2017

Felix after his University of Manchester graduation ceremony.

Equity and Merit graduate, Felix Bongomin, who graduated with a master’s degree in Medical Mycology in 2016, which was funded by donations, has had his master’s thesis published in the peer reviewed Journal of Fungi.

Felix’s thesis, ‘Innate and Adaptive Immune Defects in Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis,’ looks at how different fungi can cause a range of bronchopulmonary diseases in various groups of susceptible individuals such as those living with HIV.

Felix was born and has spent most of his life in Uganda, where many people with HIV/AIDS are also vulnerable to fungal infection. After training as a medical doctor, Felix wanted to gain further specialism in treating fungal infections, but there was no course available in Uganda.

So, he came to Manchester in 2015 to study Medical Mycology through the University’s Equity and Merit Programme. He graduated with a distinction in December 2016.

Equity and Merit scholarships are awarded to talented students from Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, allowing them to study subjects that will help solve a problem in their communities back home.

The students’ living, travel and visa costs are fully funded by donors, while the University covers their tuition fees. Felix received an Alan Gilbert Memorial Scholarship, funded by donors to the University’s regular giving programme.

Felix  hopes to use the knowledge he gained from his master’s degree to benefit his community back in Uganda, where he will share it among colleagues and work to improve care across the area.

His full thesis is available to read online. To find out more about Felix and his Equity and Merit Scholarship, read his story or watch the video below.

Felix's story