I am a senior scientist in Medical Entomology at the MIVEGEC (Infectious Diseases and Vectors: Ecology, Genetics, Evolution and Control) research Unit of the French Institute for Research and Development (IRD) since 2004. PhD in Medical Parasitology and Entomology, I have devoted my early scientific career (from 1994 to 2009) to laboratory and field research in malaria research with emphasis on Host-vector malaria transmission (malaria epidemiology, malaria transmission, vector competence, and malaria parasite transmissibility).
I have worked on several aspects of transmission blocking either by host immunity and antimalarial drugs (mainly with the Dept. Medical Microbiology at the University Medical Centre Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and spearheaded the development of the new indirect immunofluorescence assays for detection of malaria parasite stages in the mosquito midgut, which allows for effective evaluation of the impact of transmission blocking effectors (host immunity, vaccines, and drugs) on parasite transmission. My most important laboratory and field work on vector ecology and biotic and abiotic determinants of malaria transmission has been done in several endemic countries in Cameroon (OCEAC, 1992-1999), Kenya (ICIPE, 1999-2004), Burkina Faso (IRSS, 2005-2009).