Education and Background
Dr Huguette SIMO is a young Cameroonian woman with passion for life sciences. Following her PhD studies in Tropical Infectiology option Virology at the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) in Gabon, funded by Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Institut de Recherche pour le développement (IRD), le Réseau International des Instituts Pasteur (Institut Pasteur de Bangui) and Total-Gabon via the Centre International de Rechercher Médicale de Franceville (CIRMF), and supervised by Prof Richard Njouom (Centre Pasteur Cameroon) and Dr Nicolas Berthet (Institut Pasteur Paris), Huguette currently holds a postdoctoral position at CRID as a Research Career Development fellow under PIIVeC where she takes interest in zika, dengue and chikungunya in Cameroon.
Area of research
At CRID, Dr. Simo’s research centres on Emerging and remerging viruses, arboviruses, zoonosis, Aedes mosquitoes, Ticks, rickettsioses. She is implicated in two research projects in which she works to elucidate the role of chikungunya, dengue and zika virus in febrile malaria-like illnesses in the South, Littoral, Adamawa and Centre regions. And collaborates with public hospitals for the recruitment of volunteers on whom she carries out diagnoses of the above-mentioned diseases. In this same project, she studies the role of Aedes mosquitoes as vectors of these viruses.
she is a Principal Investigator leading PhD student, Francine SADO on her own research project which aims to investigate neglected arboviruses in Cameroon, with a special attention to zoonotic viruses such as Rift valley fever virus and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.
Other relevant expertise
Dr Huguette SIMO has worked on antiretroviral drug resistance in the follow up of HIV infected individuals with CREMER in Yaoundé, especially looking for minority variants involved in the virologic failure of patients under ART. She has also been implicated in the diagnoses of rabies and understanding monkeypox re-emergence in Central African Republic.
Read Huguette’s scientific publications here https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Simo_Huguette_Dorine2