Dr. Monty Reichert

Dr. ReDr. Monty Reichertichert, a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University,  spent the 2014-15 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at Makerere University in Kampala (MUK), Uganda where he taught six BME classes in two semesters and conducted a major curriculum revision to increase engineering content. This experience transformed Dr. Reichert’s professional priorities from domestic biomedical research to the building of BME capacity at MUK and in Uganda.  With generous funding from the Duke BME Department, Duke University Provost’s Office, the Duke Global Health Institute, the Pratt School of Engineering, and the Duke Africa Initiative, Dr. Reichert launched the Duke-Makerere BME Partnership to accelerate the development of biomedical engineering in Uganda.

 Dr. Robert Ssekitoleko


Dr. Ssekitololeko received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary College at the University of London, and a Doctor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is an expert in medical imaging, clinical engineering, and medical device design.  Dr. Ssekitoleko holds the position of Lecturer of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Health Sciences at MUK in Uganda, and is the Acting Head of the Program in Biomedical Engineering at MUK.  He also serves as a consultant and instructor for clinical engineering programs throughout Uganda and directs programs that bring clinical engineers from the United Kingdom to Kampala for global health training in Mulago National Referral Hospital.

 Dr. Ashutosh Chilkoti

chilkotiDr. Chilkoti is an expert in biomaterials, biomolecular engineering, and point of care diagnostics and Chair of the BME Department at Duke University.  Chilkoti played a crucial role in developing the Duke-MUK BME Partnership by generously putting up 50% of the cost of the first two Duke-MUK BME Scholars and underwriting much of the cost of the Spring Break trip to Uganda.  His support, both personal and financial, was the catalyst that enabled the partnership to gather support from other sponsors.  He will also serve as a mentor for Duke-MUK BME Scholars that choose to study low cost diagnostics.

Dr. Charles Ibingira


The BME program at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda was conceived of by Prof. Charles Ibingira and pushed through the approval process during his tenure as Dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences. He also hosted Prof. Reichert during his Fulbright Scholarship at MUK.  Upon Reichert’s return to Duke together they hatched the idea of the Duke-MUK BME Partnership. Prof. Ibingira maintains a general surgeon practice, and has recently assumed the position of Principle of the College of Health Sciences (essentially equivalent to the Chancellor of the Duke Medical System).


Dr. Kathy Nightingale

kathy_nightingaleDr. Nightingale, a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in medical instrumentation and imaging. Her research focus is on investigating and improving ultrasonic imaging methods for clinically relevant problems, which is accomplished using a combination of theoretical, experimental, and simulation methods. As part of the Duke-Makerere partnership, she is mentoring a Ugandan Master’s student who will begin pursuing his degree in Fall 2016. ———————————————————————————————————————————

Dr. Roger Nightingale

roger_nightingaleDr. Nightingale, a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in biomechanics and biomaterials. His research focus is on the biomechanics of trauma, modeling of the human head and cervical spine, and the mechanical characterization of head and neck tissues. As part of the Duke-Makerere partnership, he is mentoring a Ugandan Master’s student who will begin pursuing his degree in Fall 2016. —————————————————————————————————–

Dr. Joel Collier


Dr. Collier, a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, teaches graduate level courses in biomedical materials and artificial organs. His research focus is on triggering the body’s immune system to produce favorable responses in a variety of diseases. In addition to immunotherapies, his lab is conducting research in tissue repair, 3-D cell culture, and wound healing. In fall 2016 Dr. Collier will be assuming instruction of the biomaterials class that will be taught simultaneously to BME students at Duke University as BME525 and Makerere University as BBE3102.


Dr. Jennifer West


Dr. West is the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering. Dr. West’s research interests are biomaterials, nanotechnology and tissue engineering that involves the synthesis, development, and application of novel biofunctional materials, and the use of biomaterials and engineering approaches to study biological problems. Dr. West teaches biomaterials and tissue engineering classes taken by the Duke-Makerere Scholars and was the research advisor for Duke-Makerere scholar Ms. Beryl Arinda.


Dr. Ann Saterbak


Dr. Saterbak is Director of the Duke Engineering First-Year Experience and a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Saterbak is a nationally recognized engineering educator with a focus on creating undergraduate programs that broaden students problem solving skills through real-world problems, inquiry-based learning, and hands-on experiences. Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year Dr. Saterbak became the Director of the Duke-Makerere BME Partnership. Educationally, she will primarily engage with the Makerere BME students through collaborative design efforts involving Duke BME students and faculty.


Dr. Elizabeth Bucholz


Dr. Bucholz is an assistant professor of the practice in Duke’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.  In addition to working Dr. Saterbak on the educational and design aspects of the Duke-Makerere BME Partnership, Dr. Bucholz is the Duke Faculty Fellow in charge of overseeing the Engineering World Health Uganda Summer Institute where Duke and Makerere BME students work together to repair broken and uncalibrated medical equipment in Ugandan clinics and hospitals.