Sessinou Benoît ASSOGBA

Sessinou Benoît

Postdoc Researcher
Disease Control & Elimination
Medical research Council, Unit The Gambia
Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases, Other, Vector genomic and Evolution
  • Higher Education Institution/University


The MRC Unit The Gambia (MRCG) is one of two research units established in sub- Saharan Africa by the Medical Research Council UK and is the MRC’s single largest investment in medical research in a low and middle income country. MRCG represents a unique concentration of scientific expertise and high quality research platforms in the West African region. The Unit’s investigator-led research is underpinned by the combination of excellent laboratory facilities and easy access to the field with well-defined populations that are highly supportive of our research, excellent clinical services, rigorous ethical procedures and ability to deliver GCP-compliant clinical trials. Our large research portfolio spans basic research to the evaluation of interventions for the control of diseases of public health importance in sub-Saharan Africa. I have recently obtained my PhD in Medical Entomology and Parasitology applied for Human Public Health from University of Montpellier – France and University of Abomey Calavi – Benin last year (2016). My PhD research is focused in Insecticide resistance mechanism evolution to carbamate and organophosphate at ace-1 locus in Anopheles gambiae, and alternative strategies for malaria vector in West Africa. I used molecular and genomic approach to understand how malaria vector adapt to different insecticide environment pressure. I have granted a postdoctoral fellowship form MARCAD (Malaria Research Capacity Development funded by Wellcome Trust Foundation) that was started the January 2017 for three year at MRC Unit The Gambia. The main goal of this postdoctoral project is to better understand how mass swarm trapping can be implemented as community-based approach for malaria control strategy. I am committed oneself to become an international independent scientific. I am convinced that the current postdoctoral fellowship will give me the opportunity to build a competitive program medical entomology and parasitology applied for public health. This postdoctoral position is an opportunity for me to bolster my own research capacities, to confirm my leadership and assure the setting up of efficient research team in Africa. Then, with my easiness communication on malaria vector control strategies, I will discuss with colleagues from this network in order to the development of South-South and North-South collaborations through networking. These collaboration will be helpful both for my own perspective and my institution to design and carry out new research project in malaria elimination perspective in near future.

Organisation details

Medical research Council, Unit The Gambia