Following his studies in medical and clinical studies in Biochemistry at the University of Dschang (Cameroon), Calmes Ursain Bouka Tsakeng obtained a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2016 and 2018 respectively. His internships in hospitals helped him acquaint himself with patient-care methods, collection of different types of samples (blood, urine, stools…) and several clinical diagnostic tests and his Master’s degree studies, enhanced his experience in molecular biology tools and focused on the molecular evaluation of Diminazene-aceturate resistance in trypanosomes circulating in domestic animals from Campo and Bipindi sleeping sickness foci in southern Cameroon.
Calmes was selected as PhD student within the PIIVeC project under the mentorship of Dr Tito Tresor MELACHIO TANEKOU and also registered as a PhD student in Biochemistry at the University of Yaounde I.
His work within the PIIVeC project focuses on The genetic diversity of the tsetse fly microbiome and its implication in new strategies to control trypanosomiasis. This project highlights the change in fly microbiome diversity before and after the vector control and thus, the potential link of some bacteria taxa with the remaining tsetse flies after vector control with tiny targets.