I was born in Guinea and lived in different African countries and Haiti before moving to Canada where I obtained my BSc (2008) and MSc (2011) in Biochemistry from McGill University. During my master I studied macrophages innate immune response to bacterial infection, comparing their trancriptome following Salmonella typhimurium and Legionella pneumophila infections. Upon completion of my degree, I moved to Mali for an internship at the Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC) in Bamako where I developed a great interest in the molecular approaches applicable for diagnosis of infectious diseases. In 2012, I started working for the Center for Vaccine Development in Mali (CVD-Mali) on the MenAfriCar consortium project, studying Neisseria carriage across the African meningitis belt (AMB) and the impact of the New Serogroup A conjugate vaccine (MenAfriVac) on carriage. It is during this project that I had my first interaction with the Maiden group as I spent a 1 year placement in Oxford to characterize the samples collected in the different sites by advance molecular techniques. I started my DPhil with the group in 2014, in collaboration with CVD-Mali and have been studying the molecular epidemiology of the genus Neisseria circulating in the AMB with a particular interest in understanding the evolution and genetic determinants of virulence in the meningococcus (Neisseria meningitidis) using whole genome approaches.
Infectious Disease, Molecular Epidemiology, Genomics, Molecular Microbiology, Bacterial evolution, Disease Surveillance.
MenAfriCar Consortium (2015) IThe Diversity of Meningococcal Carriage Across the African Meningitis Belt and the Impact of Vaccination With a Group A Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine. Journal of Infectious Disease, J Infect Dis. 10.1093/infdis/jiv211.
Basta, N. et al (2013) IMethods for identifying Neisseria meningitidis carriers: a multi-center study in the African meningitis belt.PloS one.10.1371/journal.pone.0078336.
MenAfriCar Consortium (2013) IMeningococcal carriage in the African meningitis belt.Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH. 10.1111/tmi.12125.