DOUGNON Tamègnon Victorien
Words of Wisdom
Youth is the best hope for science. We are the response and the answer. Let's work for a better world.
Research & Institution
University of Abomey-Calavi
Department of Human Biology
Research Unit in Applied Microbiology and Pharmacology of natural substances, Research Laboratory in Applied Biology, Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi, University of Abomey-Calavi
Born on 23rd March 1988 at Abomey-Calavi (Benin), I am a Lecturer – Researcher (Senior Lecturer) in Microbiology at the Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi, part of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. My research interests are related to molecular microbiology, hygiene and public health. Specifically, I am involved in antimicrobial resistance research in Africa, applications of microbiological techniques to the resolution of development problems and exploration of Benin’s flora for the treatment of infectious and non-communicable diseases. I am a resistance fighter. Science diplomacy is also a topic which is really close to my heart, especially as a West African scientist. I have established several strong scientific networks throughout the world, in order to make my country a better place to live with reduced burden of infectious diseases. I am a founding member of the Research Unit in Applied Microbiology and Pharmacology of natural substances, a part of the Research Laboratory in Applied Biology, Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi, University of Abomey-Calavi (www.e-urmapha.uac.bj). I am also the founding President of the Benin Young Academy of Science and the American Society for Microbiology Young Ambassador to Benin (2016-2019). In 2020, I have been elected as the American Society for Microbiology Country Ambassador to Benin. Since 2016, I am the World Academy of Sciences Young Affiliate. In 2020, I have been promoted as a Global Young Academy Member.
Awards & Affiliations
Best Young Scientist to Benin
Youth Leadership Prize
1. Coordinator of the project SEEDING LABS aiming to provide the University of Abomey-Calavi with lab equipments 2. Member of the Project Team funded by the Islamic Development Bank and The World Academy of Sciences ISDB-TWAS entitled « Profiling and Taming Antibiotic Resistant Genes and Antibiotic Chemicals in drinking water for quality life : a Nigeria-Benin Collaboration » 3. Local Coordinator of the University of Newcastle’s Grand Challenge: Solving Local and Global Problem of Mosquitoes 4. Coordinator of the project for online and massive courses from the Agence Universitaire pour la Francophonie (AUF) for the obtention of a certification in microbiology 5. Young Ambassador Project Fund (YAPF) granted by American Society for Microbiology 6. Local Coordinator of the Norway Project ‘Multidrug resistant gonococcal infections in vulnerable communities: Epidemiology of Neisseria gonorrhoeae among homosexuals, sex workers and drug user communities in Benin’ 7. Local Coordinator of the Finnish Project 'Occurrence, sources and prevention of antimicrobial resistance in West Africa - following the flow of AMR between humans, animals and environment 8. Grant offered by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (“NMNH”), located at 10th and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20013, USA, to organize an event entitled “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” Do-it Yourself DIY Exhibition (“Outbreak”) in Benin 9. Grant offered by American Society of microbiology to prepare the first edition of the microbiology week 10. Young Ambassador Project Fund (YAPF) granted by American Society for Microbiology 11. The World Academy of Sciences Young Affiliates Network Collaborative Grant Award Program granted by The World Academy of Sciences 12. American Society of Microbiology Young Ambassador to Benin (http://www.asm.org/index.php/young-ambassadors/92487-benin?tmpl=component granted by the American Society for Microbiology 13. National Youth Leadership Award 2016 granted by Beninese Youth Advisory Body 14. National Young Scientist Award granted by The World Academy of Sciences 15. Project entitled « Multiresistant strains of Salmonella spp in slaughter animals: prevalence, molecular characterization and proposition of therapeutic formulations based on traditional Beninese plants » selected and funded by The World Academy of Sciences and UNESCO for 45.000 USD 16. Fellowship given by International Union of Nutritional Sciences/Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation 17. Fellowship given by the West African Health Organization under the Professional and Linguistic Exchange Program. 18. Selected by Swiss Centre for Scientific Research in Ivory Coast to participate in Training in Eco-Health, One Health, Risk Analysis and Ethics 19. Grant awarded to the top ten young world researchers to participating to 9th World Congress of the French Society for Microbiology