Djouaka, Rousseau

Molecular Entomologist

Tel: +229 64181313, +229 64181414, +229 96 80 49 24
Nationality: Cameroonian
Station: Benin

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Dr Rousseau Djouaka is an international research scientist working on agriculture-associated diseases under the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Health and Nutrition (A4NH) at IITA. He is a trained molecular biologist and is based at the IITA station in Benin, West Africa, where he leads activities on the development of environmentally sound packages of innovations for mitigating health risks associated with poor agricultural practices. Dr Djouaka has had several professional recognitions in the reasearch field on tropical diseases, the control of vectors, and understanding mechanisms of insect resistance to insecticides. He is peer-reviewer of several journals such as Parasites and Vectors, Malaria journal and more, and also a reviewer of research proposals from Wellcome Trust Research Training Grant. Scientifically, he had made significant contributions to the understanding of the distribution of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors in West/Central Africa, resistance profiles to insecticides and the molecular basis of developed insecticide resistance in the major malaria vectors Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae, has contributed to the discovery of the first DNA-based genetic marker for metabolic resistance in a mosquito species and the subsequent field applicable diagnostic tools now used to easily detect and track resistance in the field. Working with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, IITA pioneered the discovery of genes involved in insecticide detoxification in field populations of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae and established that spilled petroleum products in mosquito breeding sites contribute to insecticide resistance selection in malaria vectors. He has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and contributions to several book chapters. He has supervised more than 15 MSc and PhD students. In the last 5 years, Dr Djouaka actively contributed in the mobilization and the management of several research grants from Medical Research Council, WHO-Geneva, the American Task Force for Global Health, and the Wellcome Trust Research Training Grant.