My name is MOLU Jean-Patrick; I am a PhD student at the Department of Microbiology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Yaoundé I. My thesis work focuses on the hepatitis E virus in chronic liver disease.
HEV is an underdiagnosed virus in Africa in general and Cameroon in particular where very few studies are available to date on human populations. In order to improve knowledge about this virus in my country, I undertook to search for it in a population at risk composed of chronic liver disease patients. This work is one of the major aspects of my PhD.
As part of my Master's thesis, I was given the opportunity to work on the hepatitis B virus in HIV positive patients. This exercise gave me experience in the management of hepatic viruses in patients at risk thus making the approach to HEV relatively easier.
The University of Ngaoundéré is one of eleven State Universities in Cameroon. It offers training in various fields, in particular the biomedical field. It was also in the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences of this University that I obtained my license and then my Master of Science and Technology with specialization in Health Sciences, Bacteriology and Medical Virology.
The internships I have benefited from during this course have given me the opportunity to familiarize myself quite early on with the usual methods and techniques used in microbiology in general and virology in particular. Thus making me a scientist able to carry out a project like this one. I have a few scientific publications but only one was the subject of an oral presentation on the "Sero-prevalence of HBsAg in naive HIV-infected patients in a rural locality of Cameroon" at the second international conference organized by the Cameroon Academy of Young Scientists (CAYS) on the theme “Young scientists: Science, Technology and Sustainable Development in Africa” . This conference goes from August 18th-20th, 2021- Yaoundé, Cameroon.