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The Call of Home

  Noble Banadda in his lab at Makerere University in Kampala; he returned to Uganda after his studies.Credit: Makerere Public Relations Office

Maintaining connections internationally has been key to the success of Ugandan-born bioprocessing engineer Noble Banadda, although he does so from his home base at Makerere University in Kampala. After a PhD at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, followed by a postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Banadda received job offers from large chemical companies in Germany and New Jersey. Then came more recruitment efforts from universities across the United States.

But Banadda chose to stick with his academic post in East Africa — becoming, at 37, the youngest fellow to be inducted into the Uganda National Academy of Sciences. “I’ve established myself here,” he says.

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