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Assistant Research Professor, Center for Neural Engineering, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State

Dr. Ssentongo is a physician-scientist and an Assistant Professor at the Center for Neural Engineering, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State University. His clinical research interests focus on characterizing infectious causes of brain disorders, particularly infant hydrocephalus and epilepsy. He is currently working on NIH-funded projects to study neonatal sepsis and hydrocephalus in Africa. With a global public health perspective, Dr. Ssentongo’s work further deconstructs the intersection of micro-and micronutrient malnutrition and infectious disease dynamics. He incorporates spatial epidemiology, statistics, and meta-analyses in all his work.

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Research Professor, Center for Neural Engineering, Penn State

Education

  • 2021 
    Penn State University, PhD
  • 2017 
    Penn State University, MPH
  • 2011 
    Makerere University , MD

Publications

  • 2021
    PNAS, Pan-African evolution of within-and between-country COVID-19 dynamics
  • 2021
    Advances in Nutrition, Higher Mushroom consumption is associated with lower risk of cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies
  • 2021
    Journal of Clinical Oncology, Elective cancer surgery in COVID-19–free surgical pathways during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: an international, multicenter, comparative cohort study
  • 2021
    Scientific Reports, Global, regional and national epidemiology and prevalence of child stunting, wasting and underweight in low-and middle-income countries, 2006–2018
  • 2021
    Scientific Reports, Epidemiology and outcomes of COVID-19 in HIV-infected individuals: a systematic review and meta-analysis
  • 2020
    The Lancet, Mortality and pulmonary complications in patients undergoing surgery with perioperative SARS-CoV-2 infection: an international cohort study
  • 2020
    Science translational medicine, Paenibacillus infection with frequent viral coinfection contributes to postinfectious hydrocephalus in Ugandan infants
  • 2020
    BMJ global health, Village-level climate and weather variability, mediated by village-level crop yield, is associated with linear growth in children in Uganda
  • 2020
    BMC pregnancy and childbirth, Associations of malaria, HIV, and coinfection, with anemia in pregnancy in sub-Saharan Africa: a population-based cross-sectional study
  • 2020
    Journal of British Surgery, Delaying surgery for patients with a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • 2020
    PLOS ONE, Association of cardiovascular disease and 10 other pre-existing comorbidities with COVID-19 mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis
  • 2018
    Scientific Reports, Changes in Ugandan Climate Rainfall at the Village and Forest Level