Yvan holds an MSc and a BSc in Animal Biology, especially in Parasitology and Ecology from the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon in 2017 and 2014 respectively. Prior to joining the Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID), he went through various internships at the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD), more specifically at the Regional Agricultural Research Centre of Nkolbisson (CRRAN), Yaoundé. During his Master’s degree, he gained many skills in microbiology, Protozoa and Metazoans, Vertebrates and Invertebrates, Systematic Hexapods, Formal and Population Genetics, Animal and Parasitic Ecology and Biological Data Management, Plant Diseases and Pest’s Management using chemical and biological control methods and combined with Molecular Biology and Genomic. Yvan has also worked as research assistant at the CRRAN’s Laboratory of Biological Control and Applied Microbiology. In this function, he actively participated in several activities including; efficacy tests of some microorganism-based formulations (Trichoderma spp. and Bacillus subtilis) against Phytophtora megakarya, causal agent of Black pod rot of cocoa; screening of some fungicides in the control of Cocoa Black pod rot in the Central Region of Cameroon and study of the impact of mirid attacks on the productivity and decline of cocoa tree in Nkoenvone (South, Cameroon) funded by the Public Investment Budget (BIP). These various field trips permitted him to see the impact of pesticides on non-target populations in cocoa fields
As concerns his work at CRID, Yvan is doing a PhD in Medical Entomology alongside Parasitology and Ecology at the University of Yaoundé 1 under a project led by Dr. Billy TENE titled “Identification of Molecular Markers of Metabolic Resistance in the Population of Anopheles gambiae in Cameroon”. Aware that the absence of these tools makes it difficult to assess the impact of metabolic resistance. This study will contribute in the development of a DNA-based molecular diagnostic tool for rapid detection, monitoring and tracking the metabolic resistance in An. gambiae field populations and therefore will help malaria control programs to implement suitable insecticide resistance management strategies.
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