CLEMENT LOUIS GOUAGNA
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).
Throughout, I was responsible for managing research projects, managing grant budget for research activities, seeking financial and technical support for capacity building while creating links between relevant collaborating groups in national and international institutions. I am currently working in Reunion Island (IRD, 2010-present) where I am coordinating an operational research program,
which goal is to develop the capacity in innovative vector control strategies based on sterile-male technologies (SIT) against dengue, chikungunya and zika vectors in the Islands of the South-western Indian Ocean.
- Medical Entomology: Systematics – vector biology and ecology (Anopheles sp., Culex sp. et Aedes sp.),
- Disease transmission: host-vector –parasite Interactions, epidemiology
- Parasitology: sexual (gametocytogeneis) and sporogonic cycle of Plasmodium sp., epidemiology of malaria transmission, drug efficacy.
- Immunology: transmission blocking Immunity,
- Epidemiology of infectious tropical diseases
- Biochemistry: metabolic analyses, spectrophotometry SPME.
- Microscopy: light microscopy, immunofluorescence and epifluorescence microscopy.
- Control of Mosquito-borne disease: insecticide resistance, Sterile Insect Technique.
Medical Entomology: Systematics – vector biology and ecology (Anopheles sp., Culex sp. et Aedes sp.),
Disease transmission: host- vector –parasite Interactions, epidemiology
Parasitology: sexual (gametocytogeneis) and sporogonic cycle of Plasmodium sp., epidemiology of malaria transmission, drug efficacy.
Immunology: transmission blocking Immunity,
Epidemiology of infectious tropical diseases
Biochemistry: metabolic analyses, spectrophotometry SPME.
Microscopy: light microscopy, immunofluorescence and epifluorescence microscopy.
Control of Mosquito-borne disease: insecticide resistance, Sterile Insect Technique.
My current research belongs in the field of Vector behaviour, physiology and control.
« My research is centred on the design
and Application of Sterile Insect Technique for vector control. »
1994-1999: PhD Medical Parasitology and Entomology, focusing on « Biological and immunological determinants of Plasmodium falciparum sporogonic cycle in Anopheles gambiae », University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.
1992-1993: Diplôme d’Etude Approfondie, DEA (Postgraduate advanced Degree), emphasizing research in Medical Entomology, with a focus on « The efficacy of Pyrethroïd impregnated bedned on the main culicids (Anopheles gambiae s.l., Culex quinquefasciatus, and Aedes aegypti) in the South of Cameroon. University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.
1991-1992: Master degree in Applied Zoology and Ecology, focussing on Anopheles gambiae Bio-ecology: factors determining the productivity of breeding habitats. University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.
1990 : BSc in life science – Natural Sciences. University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.