Marcel Sandeu

Vector biologist in Cameroon

Marcel, is a young Cameroonian researcher based at the Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID). He obtained his PhD in December 2016 at the University of Montpellier in France. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of α-AnAPN1 antibodies against field isolates of P. falciparum in Cameroon by experimental infection and to evaluate the impact of oocysts genetic diversity on the efficacy of the AnAPN1 TBV candidate. During this training, he gained experience in molecular biology, Plasmodium detection by real-time PCR, Plasmodium genotyping and sequencing, experimental infection and transmission-blocking vaccine. For his postdoc studies, he worked on Anopheles funestus, more specifically he investigated the correlation between the molecular basis of resistance and genetic structure of Anopheles funestus.

Currently, as part of PIIVeC, He is studying interactions between Anopheles mosquitoes, their microbiome and the plasmodium they transmit. His research project is titled Impact of vectors symbionts on malaria control and transmission in Cameroon.