Professor Jacob SOUOPGUI, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels, BELGIUM)

Professor J. SOUOPGUI was born in Cameroon and did his primary, secondary and university studies in his country. He studied biology, completed an MSc in Biochemistry in 1994 and his first PhD in Molecular Parasitology in 1999 at the University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon. Motivated to improve his background training and research skills, he moved to the University of Göttingen in Germany in 1999 where he performed his second PhD in Molecular genetics of Development and was graduated in 2002. After his first postdoc training in Germany, he moved to Belgium in 2006 where he did a second postdoc and was granted a chair in Developmental Biology in 2009 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Jacob SOUOPGUI is a Professor of molecular genetics and Biotechnology at the ULB-BioPARK, and since 2012 he created and is the Chair of the Laboratory of Embryology and Biotechnology. His main research interest focuses on understanding the origin of some human malformation and genetic diseases.

Besides his fundamental research goals, Professor SOUOPGUI is very active in the field of R&D aiming at strengthening capacity building in African countries. He is presently one of the team leaders of the Belgian institutional support to the University of Rwanda and is in charge of technology platform implementation to support research and teaching in the field of biotechnology and life sciences. Jacob is a coordinator and partner in four big (5 years) health-related research grants in Cameroon and in Rwanda.

Crucial role of laboratory animal models in R&D in Africa