Frederick Murunga Wekesah is a chronic disease epidemiologist and a postdoctoral research scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC – www.aphrc.org). 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.