Dr. Rose Gana Fomban Leke
Professor of Immunology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the Université de Yaoundé I Chair, Director of the Biotechnology Centre at Université de Yaoundé
Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke is presently Professor of Immunology and Parasitology (Head of Department) at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the Université de Yaoundé I, and director of the Biotechnology Centre of the same university. She is chair of the Board of Directors of the National Medical Research Institute, IMPM.
Her research interest is in parasitic infections, particularly Malaria. She and collaborators at Georgetown University and at the University of Hawaii have developed expertise in studying malaria during pregnancy, particularly placenta malaria. Dr. Leke is executive director of the Cameroon Coalition against malaria, the chair of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) secretariat now located at The Biotechnology since October 15, 2010, and a member of the Scientific Committee of the First Lady’s Research Centre, CIRCB.
Dr. Leke is chair of the African Regional Commission for the Certification of the Eradication of Poliomyelitis (ARCC) and a member and one of the Rapporteurs of the Global Certification Commission (GCC). She has served and still serves on many committees for the World Health Organization: member and chair of the African Advisory Committee for Health Research (ACHR, WHO/AFRO) from 1999-2001; and a member of the Global Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) 2003-2008. She has served as the vice-chair of the Technical Evaluation Reference group (TERG) of the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria from 2004-2009.
Dr. Leke is a member of the Board of Trustees of the African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET) and a member of the African Advisory Committee for Experts in Malaria (AACEM). She has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the European Malaria Vaccine Initiative (EMVI), the WHO Advisory Committee on Malaria Vaccines (MALVAC), and the TDR/MIM (Multilateral Initiative in Malaria) Task Force.
Dr. Leke was president of the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS) from 1997-2000, and a council member of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) for two terms from 1998-2004.