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Professor of Molecular Biology and Genomics, Redeemer's University

Professor Christian T. Happi is a Professor of Molecular Biology and Genomics in the Department of Biological Sciences, Redeemer’s University. He holds a BSc in Biochemistry (Hons) from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon in 1993; MSc and PhD in Molecular Parasitology from the University of Ibadan in 1995 and 2000 respectively. He did his post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Biology and Genomics at Harvard University, School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA (2000-2003), where he subsequently worked as a Research Scientist. He is currently the Dean of Post Graduate College of the Redeemer’s University.

Professor Happi\'s research focuses is on Human Genomics, Molecular Biology and Genomics of Infectious Diseases, especially Malaria and Lassa fever. His research activities consist of using innovative approaches that combines patient care, fieldwork, laboratory, molecular biology and genomics methods for discoveries that have shifted the paradigm in clinical research and applications in parasites and viral diagnosis, parasites biology and genomics, Pharmacology, and human genomics. In addition, Professor Christian Happi is passionate about building research capacity and human resource through training and mentoring activities.

Through his research programme, he has been able to identify molecular markers of antimalarial drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum, the agent of malaria. Professor Happi and his research team recently identified a new transporter gene associated with reduced susceptibility to artemisinin derivatives in malaria parasites from Nigeria.
His research work has also resulted in the development of new and rapid diagnosis for malaria and Lassa fever. Furthermore, we recently identified new genes associated with human resistance to infection to Lassa fever virus.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Molecular Biology and Genomics, Harvard University