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John Radcliffe Hospital, Level 6, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU

DPhil start date

October 2019

Project title

Investigating the Radio-Transcriptomics Biomarkers of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms 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. He holds a Masters in International Health and Tropical Medicine IHTM (Oxford) which he completed graduating with a Distinction before proceeding on to a DPhil in Surgical sciences (Oxford).

Before joining the University of Oxford, he worked as a doctor in one of the main hospitals in Kenya - The Nakuru Provincial General Hospital. He has also worked in research and health systems strengthening in a project run by the University of Nairobi and University of Washington, USA. 

For his DPhil (PhD), Elisha works under Professor Ashok Handa and Dr Regent Lee in the Oxford Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (OXAAA Group). His work involves the use of machine learning and bio-informatics methods to investigate potential biomarkers of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. This, he hopes, will help in prognostic stratification of patients based on their cardiovascular risk and promote individualised surveillance.

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 at the intersection of health policy and clinical care. He hopes to use the skills acquired through his Masters and DPhil to improve access to surgical care in developing countries particularly sub-Saharan Africa.

Elisha also currently serves as the President of the Oxford University Africa Society (AfriSoc), where he represents all African students within Oxford in championing for improved access and representation of students from BAME communities at Oxford.