Understanding the microbial world is a prerequisite to keep the Human world healthy, as long as many microbes and parasites will find in Humans a suitable niche for their survival, development and reproduction.
The Department of Microbiology and parasitology is intended to bring together high quality staff and resources to conduct multidisciplinary researches to further increase our understanding of both the basic biology, ecology and evolution of pathogenic organisms and the concomitant host immune responses to them in the context of tropical Africa with poor resources and hygiene.
Using recent advances in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genomics, researchers in the Department develop several new interdisciplinary research including:
- Diagnosis and surveillance of helminthiasis and blood parasitic diseases;
- Molecular characterization of parasites and microbes;
- Investigation of molecular basis of drug resistance;
- Study of parasites-hosts interactions and;
- Identification and assessment of biological tools for preventing or treatment of parasitic (helminths) and microbial (bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa) diseases.