Dr Alfred Kamuyango

Job: Lecturer in Medical Science & Biomedical Science

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0) 116 250 6014

E: alfred.kamuyango@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Alfred Kamuyango did his undergraduate studies in biomedical sciences at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. He then worked as a medical laboratory technologist in Microbiology and blood sciences in Malawi. To further develop his interest in microbiology and immunology, he went on to do an MSc in infection and immunity at The University of Leicester funder under a commonwealth scholarship. Following his Masters, he taught medical laboratory science at the college of medicine af the University of Malawi. He then went on to do an MRes and a PhD at the University of Aberdeen and Sheffield respectively with funding from a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award scholarship.  

He joined DMU in 2018 as a lecturer in medical science. His main research interests are nutritional trends in different population groups in the UK. He has been studying vitamin D intake among UK populations particularly BAME. He has a passion for nutrition and is currently interested in analysing data from the national diet and nutritional survey (NDNS) to understand the nutritional trend of different population groups in the UK. He is also interested in studying the impact of vitamin D deficiency on infectious diseases such as TB in Southern Africa.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Allied Health Sciences Research

Publications and outputs

Josie F Gibson, Aleksandra Bojarczuk, Robert J Evans, Alfred Kamuyango, Richard Hotham, Anne K Lagendijk, Benjamin M Hogan, Philip W Ingham, Stephen A Renshaw, Simon A Johnston. Blood vessel occlusion by Cryptococcus neoformans is a mechanism for haemorrhagic dissemination of infection. bioRxiv 2020.03.17.995571; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.03.17.995571 

Aleksandra Bojarczuk, Katie A. Miller, Richard Hotham, Amy Lewis, Nikolay V. Ogryzko, Alfred A. Kamuyango, Helen Frost, Rory H. Gibson, Eleanor Stillman, Robin C. May, Stephen A. Renshaw, Simon A. Johnston. Cryptococcus neoformans Intracellular Proliferation and Capsule Size Determines Early Macrophage Control of Infection. Sci Rep. 2016; 6: 21489. Published online 2016 Feb 18. doi: 10.1038/srep21489 PMCID: PMC4757829 

Alfred A. Kamuyango, Lisa R Hirschhorn, Wenjia Wang, Perry Jansen, Risa M. Hoffman. One-year outcomes of women started on antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy before and after the implementation of Option B+ in Malawi: A retrospective chart review. World J AIDS. 2014 Sep 1; 4(3): 332–337. doi: 10.4236/wja.2014.43039 PMCID: PMC4356991  

Armstrong-James, D., Bicanic, T., Brown, G. D., Hoving, J. C., Meintjes, G., Nielsen, K., & Working Group from the, E. W. o. A.-R. M - Alfred Kamuyango. (2017). AIDS-Related Mycoses: Current Progress in the Field and Future Priorities. Trends Microbiol, 25(6), 428-430. doi:10.1016/j.tim.2017.02.013 

Research interests/expertise

  • Nutritional trends in the UK
  • Vitamin D intake and levels among BAME population groups in the UK
  • Nutrition, infection and inflammation 
  • Fungal immunology

Areas of teaching

  • Microbiology
  • Haematology and transfusion science
  • Research and innovation
  • Nutrition & Metabolism
  • Biotechnology and cancer therapy
  • Personal and professional skills


  • BTech Biomedical Technology
  • MSc Infection & Immunity
  • MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology
  • PhD Infection and Immunity
  • PGCert in Higher Education

Courses taught

Medical Science, Biomedical Science and Nutrition

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Microbiology Society
  • British society of medical mycology

Conference attendance

Alfred Kamuyango & Simon Johnston. Intramuscular administration of IFNγ protects zebrafish against C. neoformans infection. 10th International Conference on Cryptococcus and Cryptococcosis: 26 - 30th March 2017. Brazil 

Alfred Kamuyango & Simon Johnston. Intramuscular administration of S. aureus cell wall preparation (CWP) protects zebrafish against C. neoformans infection. 53rd British Society of Medical Mycology: 19 – 22 March 2017; Birmingham, UK 

Alfred Kamuyango & Simon Johnston. Activation of innate immunity leads to clearance of C. neoformansinfection in zebrafish. 2nd Embo workshop in AIDS related mycoses: 13 – 15 July 2016. Cape Town, South Africa 

Alfred Kamuyango & Simon Johnston. How do fungal pathogens initiate and modulate immune signalling? 51stBritish Society of Medical Mycology: March 2015; Aberdeen, UK