Allan is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the NeuroGAP-Psychosis study at the Department of Psychiatry, Makerere University and as well a Senior Fellow of the Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research (GINGER) program of MIT and Harvard.
He is also currently a NARSAD young investigator and his work is investigating the genetic risk for major depressive disorder among ancestrally diverse participants from Eastern (Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia) and Southern Africa (South Africa), who are attending the NeuroGAP-Psychosis study. He is also interested in studying whether the comorbidity between major depressive disorder and schizophrenia is genetically distinct from depression using NeuroGAP study participants as well as data from the schizophrenia group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) and the major depressive disorder group of the PGC respectively.
I am very proud to be part of GINGER. It’s already had a very big impact on me. They’re training the first neuropsychiatric geneticists in Uganda, and they’ve given me the skills I’ll need as a researcher.