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DPhil start date

October 2019

Project title

Investigating the aortic wall- Intraluminal thrombus ILT interaction and the mechanistic role of immune cells in the pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA


Professor Ashok Handa and Dr Regent Lee

Elisha Ngetich


DPhil student

Dr Elisha Ngetich is a qualified medical doctor (MBchB) and Rhodes scholar from Kenya.

After completing his MBChB in 2016 at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, He worked in one of the main hospitals in Kenya, The Nakuru Provincial General Hospital, until 2018 when he was selected as one of the only two Kenyans awarded the Rhodes scholarship that year. He holds an MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine which he completed in 2019 graduating with a Distinction from the Nuffield Department of Medicine before moving into his PhD at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences.

For his DPhil (PhD), Elisha works under Professor Ashok Handa and Dr Regent Lee in the Oxford Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm OXAAA Group. His research focuses on investigating the interaction between aortic aneurysm wall and the intra-luminal thrombus ILT and the role of immune system at the cellular and molecular level in the pathogenesis of aortic aneurysms with the ultimate goal of developing novel therapeutic pathways for this disease.

Elisha has received various awards including the Rhodes scholarship, Merck Diabetes Award, University of Washington Elective Award, Equity Group Foundation Young Leaders Award.

His interests lie within global surgery and improving access to surgical care in developing countries particularly sub-Saharan Africa. Upon completion of his DPhil he plans to continue into cardio-thoracic surgical training and work as an academic surgeon.