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Frederick Murunga Wekesah

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Center

Frederick Murunga Wekesah is a chronic disease epidemiologist and a postdoctoral research scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC – His research interests span non-communicable diseases and adolescent mental health. He has researched cardiovascular diseases in the urban slums of Nairobi since 2008 and is currently prioritizing research on adolescent mental health, and childhood obesity and hyperglycemia in pregnancy.
Frederick holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, the Netherlands (2019); and a Master of Science degree in Medicine in Population-based Field Epidemiology from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (2010). He is a 2019 Bernard Lown Scholar in Cardiovascular Health Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University.
Frederick can design and independently manage epidemiological and implementation research projects. He possesses strong qualitative and quantitative research and analytical skills and utilizes mixed research methods to implement and evaluate public health interventions. He has authored several scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals and is a co-investigator on several research projects.


  • 2011–present
    Researcher, APHRC


  • 2019 
    University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • African Epidemiological Association
  • International Epidemiological Association (IEA)
  • Developmental Origins for Health and Disease (DOHaD Africa)
  • European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
  • Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH)