Prof. Mahamadou DIAKITE: Deputy Director
Laboratory of Immunogenetics and Parasitology; Head of Department of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; University of Science, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB); Permanent Secretary of the University Ethical Committee Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC).
Professor Mahamadou Diakite is Professor of immunogenetics at the USTTB. He obtained his PharmD degree from the National School of Medicine and Pharmacy, his Master Degree from WHO-IRTC, Lausanne, Switzerland and a DPhil from Oxford University, UK.
Currently, Prof. Diakite is the head of the Department of Immunology and Genomics at the MRTC, Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Odontostomatology, USTTB. He has been working on research on infectious diseases since 1991. His research group (30 research staff and students) is based at the UCRC and MRTC and focus on various aspects of infectious diseases such as malaria and emerging infectious diseases.
Currently, his group is working on the innate and acquire resistance to malaria in Mali using longitudinal and epidemiologic analyses of children and adults immune response to malaria in Malian villages with different transmission patterns. He has an important interest in P. falciparum genetic diversity, genetic susceptibility to infectious diseases, and Pharmacogenomics.
Prof. Diakite is the Deputy Director of the University Clinical Research Center (UCRC), which provides a variety of services including clinical trial operations; administrative management; scientific protocol design; clinical, molecular, and immunology laboratory services and a repository with staff trained in multiple laboratory techniques to include processing trial samples; pharmacy; data collection and management; and regulatory affairs support, etc.
The MRTC, a global center of excellence in public health and tropical medicine, has several field research sites as well as vaccine trials sites across Mali. It also has collaborative studies in malaria immunology and genetics in association with US, EU, and African partners.