About Us

About Us

Director’s welcome

Welcome to the Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID) website. This website has been designed to inform you about the CRID‘s vision, activities and work. It is also the channel used to bridge the distance between research professionals and beneficiaries of the results of this research.
It is important to start these lines by introducing ourselves to you: we are all members of the CRID with various statuses: researchers, teachers, administrators, technicians, PhD students, postdocs, and trainees.
One of our main objectives is to put in place an appropriate research environment to facilitate high quality research on infectious diseases in Cameroon and to contribute to capacity building by training the next generations of Cameroonian and African scientists.
It is in this perspective of pursuit of excellence that the CRID, in its various departments, ensures to acquire highly qualified researchers, meeting the requirements of the environment and able to use efficiently the state-of-the-art technical platform available in the research centre. It is therefore thanks to a young, passionate, motivated team that believes in their field that the CRID can look serenely towards the future, which offers us new challenges for research and teaching.

PROF CHARLES WONDJI

OUR CORE FACILITIES

Located in the Adamaoua region of Cameroon, about 500 km from Yaounde, the political capital, the experimental field station consists of 12 experimental huts constructed in accordance with WHO recommendations for experimental huts in West Africa. It is surrounded by numerous lakes which encourage the multiplication of mosquito breeding sites, making them available throughout the year. These huts have drainage channels to prevent ants entering during surveys. Anopheles funestus is the main vector of malaria in this region. The station is also made up of personnel qualified in the use of the Hudson Xpert sprayer with a flat nozzle. Our laboratory there consists of an insectarium ready to be used to obtain F1 samples for release or for any other assay in the field, an identification room with a microscope for the treatment of mosquitoes collected, a room to check for immediate and delayed mortality, by a Fridge and freezer to keep the samples in good conditions and a Room for visitor. Our laboratory gives us the capacity to do:Protocol designing, Data analysis, Tube bioassays, cone bioassays and any other bioassays in relation with a special protocol using Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae, Assess the efficacy and the performance of LLINS using experimental huts against Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae, Assess the efficacy and the performance of IRS using experimental huts against Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae.
Our biosafety level 2 insectary provides a high quality and well secured environment in which researchers and students can easily and safely rear mosquitoes. This well-equipped insectary is subdivided into 6 sections:A Main room with working area and adults mosquitoes cages (image 1). A room for Anopheles larvae rearing (at…°C) A room for Aedes larvae rearing (at…°C) A special room for susceptible strains rearing A bioassay room were all insecticides testing protocols are run. A room for experimental infections, dissections and microscopy identification. These rooms’ temperature and hygrometry are monitored by a wireless thermo-humidifier system to ensure good temperature and humidity levels.Origin of mosquitoes. Field mosquitoes originate from different areas across Cameroon and other African countries. They can be collected at larval stages (from breeding sites) or adult stage (by indoor aspiration or with traps).In addition, we have insecticide resistant and susceptible laboratory colonies for Anopheles (FANG, FUMOZ, KISUMU, NGOUSSO…) and for Aedes (VCRU, Benin …) which are used as control in our various experiments. Hybrids are also obtained through the crossing of field and lab strains.Insecticide testing. A special control room is available where insecticide tests are performed. The different tests carried out at CRID’s insectary include for insecticide bed net WHO tube assays; Cone assays; CDC bottles assays ;Tunnel test. All tests are done following the latest WHO protocols.Biosecurity. Our insectary is organized in such a way that mosquitoes cannot escape as well as the mosquitoes outside cannot come in.Boiled water is used to clean trays to be sure larvae and eggs are killed Electric flyswatters are used in case a mosquito escapes cage All doors and windows are protected by anti-mosquito’s mesh to avoid mosquito escaping from the insectary
Susceptibility profile of vector population Our research centre provides an appropriate and clean area to perform a bioassay tests using tube assay and the net following the standard protocol of WHO. Our bioassay room is very well equipped with a higher quality of materials such as a humidifier, air conditioner…
Our research centre has a molecular biology laboratory equipped with excellent molecular biology tools. It has equipment for DNA extraction, gene amplification, genotyping, quantification of genes, cloning and functional characterization of genes.
Dr Charles Wondji

Dr Charles Wondji

Executive Director
Mr Guy Bertrand TAPOKO

Mr Guy Bertrand TAPOKO

Treasurer
Kwalar Falenne

Kwalar Falenne

Finance Manager
Mrs Murielle Wondji

Mrs Murielle Wondji

Biomedical Scientist, Laboratory Manager
Micareme Tchoupo

Micareme Tchoupo

Lab Technician
Dr Emmanuel Elanga

Dr Emmanuel Elanga

Medical Entomologist
Delia Doreen Djuicy

Delia Doreen Djuicy

Virologist
Dr Cyrille Ndo

Dr Cyrille Ndo

Head of Parasitology Department
Renette Ayuk

Renette Ayuk

Communication Officer
Cedrique

Cedrique

Head of I.T department
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