Name: SILATSA ASSONGO Barberine
Date of birth: 8th April 1986
Address: Box 67, Dschang, Cameroon
Tel: +237 6 51838656
I hope to pursue a career in research for the development and the implementation of sustainable measures that will help to increase food and nutritional security or food safety in Africa.
2015 to date: PhD student,
University of Dschang, Cameroon
Projet: Tackling ticks and tick-borne diseases menace among Africa’s cattle population
2008-2011: Master of Science degree in Biochemistry,
University of Dschang, Cameroon.
Projet: understand the current epidemiological situation of the Human African Trypanosomosis and to generate data enabling an understanding of animal trypanosomosis in Malanga HAT focus , Democratic Republic of Congo
2004- 2007: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry,
University of Dschang, Cameroon.
SCHOOL ORGANISATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
2008-2015: Class delegate
2002-2004: Informatics and ethic Club, Editor of the magazine
Environment club, Member
AWARDS, HONOURS AND CERTIFICATES
2015: ILRI/DAAD PhD scholarship
2014: Awardee of African Bioscience Challenge Fund research fellowship programme BecA-ILRI Hub.
2011: Master research work financed by « l’European Foundation Initiative for Neglected Tropical Disease » (EFINTD) and « l’Appuis Intégré pour le Renforcement des Equipes Scientifiques du Sud » (AIRES-SUD)
April 2013: TOEFL Internet Base Test, Total score 69
January 2013: Certificate of French language test with first class honors
October 2011: Attestation of bilingualism certified by the Dean of Faculty of Science, University of Dschang
December 2011: Certificate of participation at the 18th annual conference of the Bioscience Society
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AND TECHNICAL SKILLS
November 2014 to date: Internship at BecA-ILRI Hub, Nairobi, Kenya
Protein expression and purification
January 2014 –Mai 2014: Internship at the laboratory of parasitology, University Hospital Center Yaounde, Cameroon
Learn Kato-Katz technique
Mars 2011-April 2011: Participation to a scientific expedition in Bipindi and Campo villages, two Human African Trypanosomiasis foci in rainforest in south Cameroon.
Trapping tsetse flies using pyramidal traps.
Identification of flies’ species.
Identification of trypanosomes under light microscope
January 2011-June 2011: Internship at the Biochemistry, Immunology and Biotechnology Laboratory of the University of Yaoundé I.
Nucleic acid extraction( Chelex, CTAB, Qiagen)
Gel electrophoresis(Agarose, polyAcrylamide)
Identification of trypanosomes in tsetse flies mid-guts using PCR
Determination of blood meals origin of the residual blood found in tsetse mid-guts using PCR techniques
Study of genetic structure of Trypanosoma brucei gambiense population using microsatellite markers.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
One paper: Parasites & Vectors 2012, 5:201
Title: Identification of different trypanosomes species in the mid-guts of wild tsetse flies of the Malanga (Kimpese) sleeping sickness focus of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
October 2013: Colloque LuTHAC « Lutte Contre la Trypanosomiase Humaine Africaine en Afrique Centrale »,Yaoundé,Cameroun (Oral presentation)
March 2012: International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control,
31st Meeting,Bamako, Mali (Poster)
December 2011: 18th annual conference of the Bioscience Society at the University of Douala- Cameroon (Oral presentation)
June 2011: Nationals Days of Fight Against African Trypanosomosis and Their Vectors , Yaoundé,Cameroun (Oral presentation)
Language: French and English
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