Current MPAC members

Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke

Emeritus Professor of Immunology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde, Cameroon

Rose Gana Fomban Leke is Professor of Immunology and Parasitology. Until her retirement in March 2013, she was Head of Department at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Biotechnology Centre at the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Medical Research Institute and as Vice President of the Scientific Committee of Cameroon First Lady’s Research Centre in Yaounde. She is a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences and Doctor Honoris Causa (DSc) from the University of Ghana where she was invited as the 2014 Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Memorial Lecturer.

In 2011, she was one of six women who received the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award for Women, which recognizes female excellence in scientific research. She also received the 2012 award for Excellence in Science from The Cameroon Professional Society. Her mission as assigned at that award ceremony was to encourage young girls to pursue scientific and technological fields, a goal she pursues through the association “Higher Women Cameroon”.

She was elected International Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2015. She is Executive Director of the Cameroon Coalition against malaria, and is the Chair of the Multilateral Initiative in Malaria Secretariat launched in 2010 at the Biotechnology Centre of the University ofYaoundé 1.

She was President of the Federation of African Immunological Societies from 1997–2000, and a Council member of the International Union of Immunological Societies from 1998–2004. She is a member of the African Advisory Committee for Experts in Malaria and was been a Member of the Board of Trustees of the African Malaria Network Trust. She has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Malaria Vaccine Initiative, the WHO Advisory Committee on Malaria Vaccines and the TDR/Multilateral Initiative in Malaria Task Force.

She has served as a consultant on many WHO committees, including the MPAC. She is Chair of the African Regional Commission for the Certification of the Eradication of Poliomyelitis and a member of the Global Certification Commission. She has been a member and Chair of the African Advisory Committee for Health Research from 1999-2001 and a member of the Global ACHR from 2003-2008. She was a Board member of the Global Forum for Health Research from 2005-2010. Since 2013, she serves on the WHO Emergency Committee for Polio eradication.

She has served as the Vice-Chair of the Technical Evaluation Reference group of the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria from 2004-2009. She served as the Chair of the Data Management Committee for a trial on Azithromycin-chloroquine from 2010 to 2014. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Ebola vaccine trials in Guinea.

Her research interest is in the immunology of parasitic infections, particularly malaria. She has a keen interest in global health issues, particularly about health systems strengthening. With grants from the NIAID, she and collaborators in Georgetown University and at the University of Hawaii have developed expertise in studying malaria during pregnancy, particularly placenta malaria, publishing many papers and training many young scientists for their MD, MSc and PhD degrees, post-doctoral fellows.

Last updated: 15 July 2016