Visiting Professors

Visiting Professors

Second cohort (2023-2024)

Professor Lei is Professor in the Department of Materials and Science and Engineering, and Program Leader of MSc in Materials Engineering & Nanotechnology, at the City University of Hong Kong. He is in charge of the editorial office of Nanophotonics Group (NPG) Light: Science & Applications in Hong Kong. He serves at the Frontiers in Photonics as an Associate Editor, and also sits on the Editorial Board of Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Semiconductors, Journal of Physics Communications, Materials Today Energy, Acta Physica Sinica, Chinese Physics B, Nano Materials Science, and Journal of Light Scattering. Professor Lei was elected member of the The Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences in 2022 and was awarded the “World’s Top 2% Most-cited Scientist” by Stanford University (single-year-impact) in 2022.

Research area:

Professor Lei obtained his PhD at the College, in the Department of Physics, where he then was a Research Associate (2011-2012). His areas of expertise are on nanophotonics, optoelectronics, and low-dimensional quantum materials, particularly on cavity enhanced nanoscale light-matter interaction and applications in miniaturized optoelectronics, sensing, imaging, energy conversion and saving.

Professor Kanjo is Professor of Pervasive Computing & Mobile Sensing and Head of Pervasive Computing Group and of the Smart Sensing Lab, at Nottingham Trent University. Professor Kanjo is the award lead of the new NTU-Turing Data Science Network funded by the Alan Turing Institute. Professor Kanjo was named Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2022 as awarded by The Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

Research area:

Her areas of expertise are in the development of pervasive systems, TinyML, multimodel sensing and intervention systems, edge computing, data science and technology for wellbeing.

Professor Agyei-Mensah is Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Development at the University of Ghana. He has served the University of Ghana as Head of Department, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and as Provost of the largest College of Humanities which encompasses the Business School, School of Social Sciences, School of Law, School of Arts and School of Performing Arts. Professor Agyei-Mensah is the Director and Project Leader respectively of the Andrew Mellon Foundation funded Centre for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CTLI) and Building the Next Generation of African Academics (BANGA) project funded by Carnegie Foundation, New York. He has served as visiting lecturer/guest researcher in many universities across the world including Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, University of Flensburg, Germany, Ohio State University, USA, and Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Professor Agyei-Mensah is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Research Areas:

His areas of expertise are in using geographical concepts, geospatial technology and citizen science in studying population health and spatial inequality.

Professor Visweswariah is Honorary Professor in the Department of Developmental Biology and Genetics, at the Indian Institute of Science, in Bangalore.

Professor Visweswariah also holds an Adjunct Professor position at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Sciences and elected Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences.

Research area:

Her areas of expertise are in cell biology, signal transduction mediated by cyclic nucleotides, microbiology, and structural biology. She studies mutations in cGMP-mediated pathways in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

First cohort (2022-2023)

Professor Julie Makani is based at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania.

Research area:

Haematology and blood transfusion, particularly sickle cell disease, how genomics can be used to understand disease and improve health, and how gene therapy can be used to cure disease.

One of the principal investigators for SickleInAfrica, a consortium working in eight countries in Africa and collaborating with colleagues around the world. SickleInAfrica is conducting research in clinical, social and implementation science, whilst improving standards of healthcare and training scientists, healthcare providers and community. 

Professor Pallab Maulik is currently the Deputy Director and Director of Research, George Institute for Global Health India, Professor at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India, and also an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Research area:

A focus on providing mental health services to the most disadvantaged communities in low and middle income countries, and India in particular – that includes people living in isolated rural areas and urban slums, and those who are incarcerated.

Professor Alessandra Luati joined Imperial College London on November 2022, as Provost’s Visiting Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics. She is Professor of Statistics at the University of Bologna, Department of Statistics. Previously, she has been Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (EU) and Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.  She was Deputy of the Head of Department at International Relations and Director of the Ph.D. course in Statistics at the University of Bologna.  She has been appointed Ambassador of the city of Bologna for scientific merits. 

Research area:

Alessandra obtained a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Bologna, with a thesis, developed at the University of Aarhus, on statistical inference for finite dimensional quantum systems. Her research interests are in the field mathematical statistics, time series analysis and non-linear dynamic models, with applications that range from finance to neuroscience.

Provost's Professors in Residence (2023)

Professor Lazarus Ojigi, Professor of Geomatics (Surveying and Geoinformatics), and was formerly with the Department of Geomatics, at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

He was the Director of Mission Planning and Satellite Data Management Department at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja, Nigeria. He is currently the Executive Director of African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and Technology (AFRIGIST), under the auspices of United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Obafemi Awolowo University Campus, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Professor Ojigi’s research interests’ area is in Geodesy and Surveying.


Research area

His specialisation areas include Space Geodesy, Satellite Remote Sensing, Geospatial Data Science/Computing and Engineering Surveying.

Professor Sasiragha Priscilla Reddy, Honorary Professor at the School of Education, University of KwaZuluNatal in South Africa. She has worked extensively  raising grants and training phd candidates successful with Masstricht university in the Netherlands, and also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Reddy, a health promotion and behavioural scientist, is fully dedicated to eradicating racial discrimination and targets underserved and disadvantaged  communities  in South Africa. Professor Reddy was the founding Director of the Health Promotion and Development Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. Recently, Professor Reddy has been at the heart of developing nature-based carbon credit solutions to advance economic growth among underserved communities in emerging markets; working as Head of ISEE Carbon Farming, Science and Behaviours at RegeniamCo. LLC, New York, USA.  

Research areas

Her research interests include using quantitative and qualitative methods in behavioural science and public health to develop and test interventions that promote desirable behaviours and change behaviours that compromise human health. She has experience in tobacco control policy and behavior. Other areas of research include youth and sexual  behavior, adolescent pregnancy, and HIV and AIDS. Most recently she led the social science response to the covid-19 pandemic, while she worked at the Human Social Sciences  Research Council in partnership with the South African Government up to the level of the Cabinet and the President. Her passion is capacity development with a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion.