Dr. Diabate Abdoulaye, PhD

Dr. Diabate Abdoulaye, PhD

Currently, Diabate Abdoulaye is the head of the medical entomology laboratory of the Institut de Recherche en Science de la Santé/Centre Muraz, Burkina Faso.

He received a Master’s degree at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and a PhD degree at the University of Montpellier II, France. His PhD studies were related to the resistance of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae to pyrethroids. His main focus was to describe the geographic distribution of resistance to pyrethroids in this mosquito species across Burkina Faso and to characterize the mechanisms and the ecological factors involved in its selection. Laboratory work included molecular techniques for characterizing genes and its haplotypes involved in insecticide resistance development in mosquito populations. After his PhD degree, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the National Institutes of Health (USA) for 4 years. He was interested in “ecological specialisation” in Anopheles gambiae as major evolutionary force generating biological diversity, which may lead to speciation. Diabate has been back in his home institution since 2009 and is leading the medical entomology laboratory.

During his professional career, he has frequently interacted with various stakeholders worldwide (Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Senegal, Cameroon, Mali), and diverse scientists and faculties in France, United Kingdom and USA. Moreover, he has taken a number of elected courses, supervised students at Master and PhD levels and developed short educational programmes, public health oriented. So far he has co-chaired several scientific sessions at international conferences (ASTMH, MIM) and was an invited speaker at George Washington University. He won the best oral presentation award in the 9th International Meeting “Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases”. Currently he is a reviewer of several journals (BMC Ecology, PlosOne, Malaria Journal etc), member of several professional bodies including the Scientific Coordinating Committee (SCC) of AMANET, and the African Network on Vector resistance to insecticides” (ANVR), Member of the Organizing Committee of the “Workshop on Population and Molecular Biology of Disease Vectors” that takes place in Crete, Greece every other year.

Currently his research activities proceed along two different but complementary directions. The first involves management of resistance to insecticides (e.g., insecticide resistance development, efficacy of new insecticide molecules) and the second is focussed on population biology, ecological studies on phenotypic variation within and between populations of mosquitoes (and other insects) and analyses of its genetic and environmental sources. He is particularly interested in mosquito male biology and related transgenic and sterile males approaches to control vector diseases.