MRC/Wits Agincourt Unit’s Researchers Awarded by the NRF

Dr Ryan Wagner and Dr Sumaya Mall received Y2 ratings from the NRF. This means that leading national and international scientists agree that they have the potential to establish themselves as independent researchers based on reviewing their performance and the quality of their research. The Y category considers researchers that have held a PhD for less than 5 years and are younger than 40.


Dr Wagner who received his PhD in 2016 from Umeå University, has worked at Agincourt for the past 11 years. He is involved in a number of projects where he collaborates with national and international partners. Nested in these projects are Masters and PhD students at Wits and Oxford University which he supervises.


Dr Mall undertook Doctoral and Masters level training in public mental health, epidemiology and public health at the Universities of Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Columbia University in the United States of America. In addition to lecturing responsibilities, she holds a research interest in the relationship between childhood adversity and health in adulthood and is collaborating with Wits colleagues at the MRC/Wits Agincourt Unit and has developed international collaborations with the Ugandan Medical Research Council.


The award comes with research funding from the NRF and Wits, which will allow Drs. Wagner and Mall access to additional funding earmarked for NRF rated researchers.


Dr Sumaya Mall– is a Senior Lecturer based in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health. She teaches epidemiology and biostatistics to post-graduate students. Her research interests are in Psychiatric Epidemiology.


Dr Ryan Wagner– is based within the MRC/Wits Agincourt Unit, School of Public Health. He is a Research Fellow, with research interests in epilepsy, cognition and mental health. Ryan is also a full-time medical student at Wits, class of 2021.