I was born and raised in Cameroon, a country situated on the West coast of Africa right above the equator. Growing up I have always hoped to help improve human health. Initially, I have studied microorganisms from different angles to develop adequate treatments for various infections. However, in the past years I have refocused my career on metal carcinogenesis.
In the context of growing environmental pollution around the world, multiple diseases are increasing in incidence, including cancer. In this new field of research we can learn a lot from animals such as whales, which although exposed to high levels of metal toxicants, do not develop cancer as much as humans. Data generated from such studies may help develop tools for the treatment of cancer and other diseases in humans.