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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


Dr. Chinyere K. Okoro

Genomics of infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa

Research themes

Pathogen Biology and Evolution:
Bacterial Pathogens:

Bacterial Genomics

Connections in Africa:

Research Interests

Bacterial genomics; phenotype-genotype associations, clinical and public health microbiology


  • Genomics
  • Evolution
  • Phylogenetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Host-Pathogen Interaction
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Pathogen Evolution
  • Infection
  • Virulence
  • Pathogenesis
  • Bacteriology
  • Vaccine


  • Genomics
  • Public Health
  • Salmonella
  • Neglected tropical diseases

Key Publications

  • Okoro, C.K. et al.  Intra-continental transmission of human invasive Salmonella Typhimurium pathovariants. Nat. Genet. doi:10.1038/ng.2423 (2012)
  • Okoro, C.K. et al. High-resolution single nucleotide polymorphism analysis distinguishes recrudescence and re-infection in recurrent invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella Typhimurium disease. Clin Infect Dis 54: 955–963 (2012)
  • Seth-Smith H.M.B., Fookes M, Okoro, C.K et al. Structure, diversity, and mobility of the Salmonella pathogenicity island 7 family of integrative and conjugative elements within Enterobacteriaceae. J. Bacteriol 194: 1494-504 (2012)