Our research group comprises Masters and PhD students, and our regular staff…
Stephen M. Ghogomu is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and is the current head of the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory (MCBL) cumulative with the Head of Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of the Faculty of Science in the University of Buea, Cameroon.
He obtained his PhD in Natural Science from the University of Karlsrhe, Germany in 2005 under a DFG (Deutsch Forschungsgemeinschaft) scholarship scheme.
An FNRS (Funds National de Recherche Scientifique) scholarship award in 2007- 2010 enabled him to carry out postdoctoral research at the Université Libre de Brusxelles (ULB) in molecular genetics.
Prof. Ghogomu’s research work focuses on the development of potential sensitive/specific diagnostics for, and protective tools against neglected tropical diseases with emphasis on onchocerciasis and malaria.
Shey Robert Adamu is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Buea in Cameroon. He obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium which was done in collaboration with the University of Buea in December 2018.
His PhD thesis focused on the characterization of a protein from the parasite Onchocerca volvulus as a diagnostic or drug target for onchocerciasis. In the course of his PhD, he developed an interest in reverse vaccinology and the rational development of control tools for infectious diseases. This new interest featured in his PhD thesis as he used computational tools to design an epitope-based chimeric vaccine for onchocerciasis.
At the moment, he just completed a postdoctoral fellowship; working on the characterization of a chimeric vaccine candidate he designed during his PhD studies. His postdoctoral project was conducted at the Institut de Biologie et de Médecine Moléculaires (IBMM) Gosselies in Belgium and the Biotechnology Unit of the University of Buea where he is also involved in the technical guidance of MSc research students.
Robert currently leads a group of eight PhD and MSc students interested in computational vaccinology and their research work have been presented at numerous conferences in Africa, Europe and the USA.
He has a number of publications in international, peer-reviewed journals. His research interests include vaccine target discovery, vaccine candidate design, vaccine characterization, preclinical studies and proof-of-concept clinical research.
He is a member of many professional networks including the Belgian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Dr Francis Zeukeng is a molecular epidemiologist with background in Biochemistry. He graduated from the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon where he obtained his MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry. He currently serves as Lecturer at the University of Buea in Cameroon and Associate Researcher at the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Yaounde 1. Dr Zeukeng is a EDCTP postdoctoral fellow at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Ghana. He has worked in molecular biology of infectious diseases since 2012 and has developed a keen interest in the use of genomics and bioinformatics tools to study the agents that cause emerging and neglected tropical diseases. He is member of the Global Health Network, the International Society for Infectious Diseases, and PAMCA-Cameroon chapter.