Margaret (“Maggie”) Lubwama, MBChB, MMed
Global Oncology D43 Training Grant PhD Candidate
Dr. Lubwama joined Fred Hutch Global Oncology for a one-year training position to begin her PhD program in Seattle through the collaboration between Fred Hutch and Makerere University in Uganda. She is a medical microbiologist and assistant lecturer at Makerere University. During her Master of Medicine program at Makerere University, Dr. Lubwama studied bacteria and fungi that cause blood infections in cancer patients at the Uganda Cancer Institute and became interested in researching antibiotic resistance among cancer patients. Cancer patients often become immunocompromised and develop secondary infections; particularly vulnerable are people living with HIV who develop HIV-associated cancers. While in Seattle, Dr. Lubwama will develop her research proposal to expand her original study to identify the common pathogens and their antimicrobial susceptibility patterns and to examine risk factors that predispose patients with hematologic malignancies to infection with the aim of informing treatment and infection control and prevention strategies at UCI, and to study antibiotic resistance among cancer patients in Uganda.