I hold an M.Sc degree in Medical Virology from Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya. For 6 years I worked at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust programme as a research officer under professor Anthony Scott. Our research focus was on the etiology of pneumonia, with a particular interest in Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and the effect of bacterial-bacterial or bacterial-viral co-infections in pediatric pneumonia. We also studied the impact of 10-valent PCV on nasopharyngeal carriage of pneumococcus and invasive pneumococcal disease. I was in charge of the molecular microbiology laboratory; some of my key roles included setting up and performing different molecular assays relevant for our studies.
I am excited to join Prof Veyrier’s lab as a PhD student. Part of my study will look at the role of NGO1911 gene in the regulation of different Neisseria gonorrhoeae genes. The PhD experience under the supervision and mentorship of Prof Veyrier will give me the relevant theoretical and practical skills that will be important for my future career objectives in infectious disease research.
(Scholarship Programme canadien de bourses de la Francophonie (PCBF))
A physician since 2004, I was in charge of external and internal consultations of patients in the department of infectious and parasitic diseases. In order to grow my knowledge in these diseases, I joined Microbiology unit at the Clinic University of Kinshasa in 2009. I worked in the research center of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. I participated in several studies including surveillance of gastroenteritis Salmonella typhi; surveillance of other causes hemorrhagic fevers; on nasal carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae after introduction of PVC-13 vaccine in 2015 and the epidemiology of staphylococci and staphylococcal infections in sub-Saharan Africa.
At my master, I am Interested in the research field of Frederic Veyrier in INRS-Institut Armand Frappier on nasopharyngeal flora, it operates by searching bacterial interactions in the nasopharyngeal microbiome where I would like to study her nasopharyngeal samples from the community of his country.
Juan Francisco Guerra Maldonado, Student in Bioinformatique (IAF6070/IAF6080), M.Sc. in Microbiology, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier.
I always have loved the sciences. I like to surprise me, learn about the world and to apply the knowledge to help in the community. These reasons lead me to study chemistry in Colombia, biochemistry in France and bioinformatic here in Canada. Nowadays, I have the opportunity to do an internship in the Dr. Veyryer’s lab where I’m going to develop a feature for the MycoHIT program. I’m really happy to be here and I’m sure that it will be a great experience and the beginning of another step in my career.
Georges Bryan DIFFO, B.Sc. Bioinformatique Université de Montréal.
I am currently doing my internship at Institut National de Recherche Scientifique, INRS, whose main purpose is the improvement of MycoHIT program (Mycobacterial Homology Investigation Tool). MycoHIT is a bioinformatics tool implemented in Perl and Java, which can generate whole genome alignments locally. Today, while adapting to the file formats that provided the NCBI, this tool can make the alignments of specific sequences , considering proteins that interact in the field.