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Dr. Amadou KONE, head of the molecular biology unit

Amadou KONE is one of the first excellence Fellows of the presidential programme and the Malian Government called “300 young executives for Mali”. It was in this context that he received a scholarship to do his university studies in France. He began his university studies at the University Joseph Fourier University of Grenoble (UJF) in Valence and then continued in Grenoble.

He went through the Institute of structural biology (IBS) during a
internship in 2003. He then pursued at the Université Claude Bernard de Lyon (master in biomedical engineering in 2005) and then at the Université Jean Monnet (UJM) in Saint Etienne where he obtained his thesis in molecular and cellular biology in 2009. During his thesis, he worked on the “generation of an ImmunoGen including the HR1/HR2 complex of HIV-1 capable of generating neutralizing antibodies”. During his thesis and a year later, he worked at the University Institute of technologies (IUT) of Saint Etienne as a research teacher and was in charge of the teachings of molecular biology and Immunology.

He returned to Mali in 2010 and joined higher education at the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) of the University of Science, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB) and became Head of Teaching in Molecular Biology, Biology cellular and fundamental immunology.

His research activities take place at the Centre for research and training on HIV and tuberculosis (CEREFO/SEREFO) of the University Clinical Research Center (UCRC) where he is responsible for the molecular biology unit. At the laboratory level, the team played an important role in diagnosing suspected cases of Ebola virus disease during the epidemic in 2014. Since then, his unit has been working on the diagnosis of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in Mali.

He also worked on HLA genotyping in tuberculosis patients, human papilloma virus (HPV) genotyping, and the diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in key populations in Mali. On the margins of this, from 2012 to 2017, he was the pedagogical Manager of the BAMS (biological and applied medical sciences) training, which is a capacity building programme for clinical biology laboratory staff in francophone Africa, a partnership programme between the Fondation Mérieux, the Catholic University of Lyon and the Centre d’infectiologie Charles Mérieux (CICM) of Mali.

He is a member of the Malian society on applied sciences (MSAS), the company of Genetics (SAGE) and the Malian Association of biosafety and biosecurity (AMBIOS/MABB). He is a certified biosafety and biosecurity member of the international Association of biosafety associations (IFBA). Since 2016, he has been President of the National Commission for the Organization of the Science Festival in Mali with the ministries of higher education and the National Education Department.

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Ibrahima DIA

Communication Officer of the University Clinical Research Center (UCRC). idia@icermali.org/diaou270@yahoo.fr

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