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Email tamukele@jhmi.edu
Phone (410) 614-4441

Timothy K. Amukele, M.D., Ph.D.

Primary Appointment in Pathology

Dr. Amukele's research interests are twofold: clinical laboratories and chronic diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). His goal is to drive the conversation about both issues by studying, documenting, and publicizing facts about them, such as;
  1. How many clinical labs are there?
  2. What is the quality of the work these labs do?
  3. How much do they charge for their tests?
  4. Are people getting value for the money being invested?
  5. What is the profile of individuals with kidney disease in SSA?

He has created a laboratory quality assurance that has been deployed in Eritrea, Bhutan, Uganda, and Malawi. He aims to create a system of laboratory quality assurance that produces measurable results in settings that do not have the regulatory buttress we have in the US.

He's interested in studying the etiology of chronic disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is especially attractive for elucidating disease mechanisms because it is the most genetically diverse region in the world, and reflects the biological and physical conditions where modern humans evolved. Current projects include a study of the spectrum of kidney disease in ambulatory patients in Kampala, Uganda.


Timothy K. Amukele, Lori J. Sokoll, Daniel Pepper, Dana P. Howard, Jeff Street. Impact of Unmanned Aerial System (Drone) Transport on Routine Chemistry, Hematology, and Coagulation Laboratory Results. Submitted

Lee Schroeder, Ali Elbireer, J. Brooks Jackson, Timothy K. Amukele. Laboratory Test Availability and Cost in Kampala, Uganda. Submitted

Robert Kalyesubula, Joseph Lunyera, Gyavira Makanga, Bruce Kirenga, Timothy K. Amukele. A 4-year survey of the spectrum of renal disease at the Mulago Hospital Renal Outpatient Clinic, Uganda Kidney International 2015 Mar; 87:663

Amukele TK, Lee Shroeder, J. Brooks Jackson, Ali Elbireer. Most clinical laboratory testing in kampala occurs in high-volume, high-quality laboratories or low-volume, low-quality laboratories: a tale of two cities. Am J Clin Pathol. 2015 Jan;143(1):50-6

Amukele TK, Lee Shroeder. Medical laboratories in sub-Saharan Africa that meet international quality standards. Schroeder LF, Amukele T. Am J Clin Pathol. 2014 Jun;141(6):791-5.

Ali Elbireer, Alex Opio, Hakim Sandagiua, Danstan Bagenda, J. Brooks Jackson, Timothy K. Amukele. The Good the Bad and the Unknown: Quality of Clinical Laboratories in Kampala, Uganda. PloS 2013 May 30 PMID: 23737993

Amukele TK, Soko D, Katundu P, Kamanga M, Sun J, Kumwenda NI, Taha TE. Vitamin D levels in Malawian infants from birth to 24 months. Arch Dis Child. 2012 Dec 7. PMID: 23220204

Amukele TK, Michael K, Hanes M, Miller RE, Jackson JB. External quality assurance performance of clinical research laboratories in sub-saharan Africa. Am J Clin Pathol. 2012 Nov;138(5):720-3. PMID: 23086773S


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