Dr. Wilfred Mbacham holds two doctorate degrees, one in the Molecular Parasitology (Yaounde ‘89) and the other in Tropical Public Health (Harvard ‘97). He is an Associate Professor at the Biotechnology Center (BTC) of the University of Yaounde I, Cameroon.
His past research was on Onchocerca volvulus, the causative agent for this disease. Nowadays, in Cameroon his interest is in the pathophysiology and molecular profiling of the diversity within the Plasmodium biomass as well as the molecular epidemiology of drug resistance in Malaria and TB. Funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, the World Health Organization, Geneva, the European Union (BioMalPar) and the Gates Malaria Partnership at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he has provided important clinical and safety data for policy considerations for past and newly introduced anti-malarial drugs in Cameroon.
He serves as a regional contact point for the Contact Point Network for young African scientists funded by the EU, as resource person in public health for the National Malaria Control Program in Cameroon. Besides his science pursuits he has won numerous awards in managements and science notably; the Leadership award in 1994 from the Harvard School of Public Health, The Albert Schweitzer Award for IntellectualAchievement and Service, 1997; the Managerial Competence Award of the Federation of African Immunology Societies, 2000; The Award for Excellence in Leadership and Conference Organising, 4th MIM Pan African Malaria Conference, 2005. He was given an award for promoting Malaria Research Excellence at the 5th PAMC in Nairobi, 2009. He currently runs research funded by the EU, FP7 EviMALAR - Network of Excellence on the patho-biology of plasmodium in Cameroon. He is coordinator of the FP7 funded PRD-College for the training of the next generation of researchers in Poverty Related and Neglected Diseases from Europe and Africa. He was elected this year to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, Geneva as one of two candidates to represent Research and Academia (2010-2012).