Medical & Health Sciences
Professor Luc Salako Djogbénou obtained a PhD in Medical Entomology and Parasitology from the University of Montpellier, France. He was a Post-doctoral fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). He has been LSTM fellow staff since 2013. He is currently Professor, Director of the Regional Institute of Public Health of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Deputy Head of the Tropical Infectious Diseases Research Centre newly created by him. He was Director of the Laboratory of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases.
His research activities are related to the control of human vector-borne diseases such as Malaria, Lymphatic Filariasis, Dengue and the understanding of the biology, genetics and genomics of both pathogens and vectors. He worked intensively on the insensitive Acetylcholinesterase against organophosphates and carbamates in Anopheles gambiae in West Africa. These findings were relevant for implementing an indoors residual spraying strategy based on carbamates and organophosphates compounds used in several countries. He is also interested in how social practices relating to the pesticide used by populations in Africa impact sustainable control of diseases vectors. He is currently researching to determine the impact of the genetic profile of both vector and parasite on malaria transmission in endemic areas in Sub-Saharan.
He is currently the PI of a Public Health Intermediate Wellcome Trust grant. He is also the Co-PI for the Global Challenges Research Fund grant, the German Research Foundation grant, and three Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants. He previously held grants with the Wellcome Trust, IRD, WHO/TDR, IDRC, IAEA, ANR France, and the MIM.
He has helped train 3 Post-Doctoral scientists, 23 master and PhD students, and 11 students are currently under his supervision. The evolvement and success of young African scientists are very important to him.