Leslie Kenou Djionang

ACP-HIV/TB Fellowship Recipient

Centre de Recherche sur les Maladies Emergentes et Reemergentes (CREMER)/Institut de Recherches Médicales et d’Etudes des Plantes Médicinales (IMPM)


Genetic diversity of HIV-1 CRF02_AG envelop gene among individuals with chronic infection in Cameroon: implication for vaccine development

Collaboration Interests
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular biology
  • Molecular immunology
  • Phylogeny

Leslie Kenou, born and raised in Cameroon, is an intern at the laboratory of the Chantal Biya International Research Center (CIRCB) in Yaoundé, where she is working on a project characterising HIV cellular reservoirs in vertically infected adolescents (EDCTP AVIR), which aims to understand the dynamics of cellular reservoirs on the antiretroviral treatment adolescents. She has basic training in biological analysis techniques and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science. She is interested in HIV, specifically the genetic diversity of HIV-1 CRF02_AG envelope gene among individuals with chronic infection in Cameroon which has implications for vaccine development. The development of a safe, affordable, and effective vaccine against HIV-1 is perhaps the most important scientific challenge of our time.

SANTHE is an Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) flagship programme funded by the Science for Africa Foundation through the DELTAS Africa programme; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gilead Sciences Inc.; and the Ragon Institute of Mass General, MIT, and Harvard.