Enhancing microbiome research in sub-Saharan Africa

Kolawole I. Ayeni, David Berry, Chibundu N. Ezekiel, Benedikt Warth (Corresponding author)

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlePeer Reviewed


While there are lighthouse examples of microbiome research in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), a significant proportion of local researchers face several challenges. Here, we highlight prevailing issues limiting microbiome research in SSA and suggest potential technological, societal, and research-based solutions. We emphasize the need for considerable investment in infrastructures, training, and appropriate funding to democratize modern technologies with a view to providing useful data to improve human health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-115
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 106022 Microbiology
  • 105904 Environmental research
  • 104023 Environmental chemistry


  • cloud computing
  • microbiome
  • next-generation sequencing
  • public and environmental health
  • sub-Saharan Africa

Cite this