Dr Billy TENE is a molecular entomologist. He is a holder of a PhD from the University of Yaoundé 1 done in a collaborative lab of IRD at OCEAC, Cameroon, in collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) where he did the molecular experiments of his study.
His basic field of research is on the main malaria vector insecticide resistance mechanisms, molecular phylogeny and population genetics. Dr. Billy’s research activities are carried out through entomological field collections and molecular (genetics and genomics) analyses with an aim to improve insecticide resistance management in Africa, with an accent in urban areas. He demonstrates that, following their adaptation to urban pollution, mosquitoes become more resistant to insecticides and he was the first to describe metabolic genes involved in insecticide resistance in Cameroon’s malaria vectors.
After completing his PhD, he took a postdoc position at Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF), GABON where he studied the diversity of malaria vectors of urban cities and their insecticide resistance mechanisms.
Then after, he appointed by WHO as an entomological expert external consultant to assess the strengths and gaps of vector surveillance and control activities carried out during the yellow fever outbreak in Angola, then to assess the risk of dengue outbreak in Guinee-Bissau.
Dr Billy’s current work at CRID, as PIIVeC fellow, is focused on the identification of molecular markers of metabolic resistance to pyrethroids in major malaria vectors. As mosquitos have become resistant to chemicals used in sprays and bed nets, these methods are not as effective in killing mosquitoes as they once were. By studying the genetic background of these malaria vectors, his study will shed light on new methods based on genetic markers to easily identify vector populations able to develop metabolic resistance. This research will facilitate the development of new tools to reduce not only malaria transmission, but also all the other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
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