Dr Pascale Ondoa is a viro-immunologist with a long experience in the field of HIV. She is currently serving as a senior laboratory scientist at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and development (AIGHD).
Dr Ondoa obtained her medical degree in 1992 from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon and worked a few years as a medical officer in a tuberculosis hospital in Yaoundé. She obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2001. She completed her post-doc training in the unit of Immunology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp between 2002 and 2009. During this period, Dr Ondoa was involved in basic research and laboratory capacity strengthening projects in collaboration with Senegal and Uganda. Her main research interests were the development of alternative and affordable methods to monitor HIV disease progression and antiretroviral therapy in resource-poor settings, as well as the study of (incomplete or inappropriate) immune restoration upon anti-HIV treatment.
In addition to supporting the basic laboratory research conducted on the field by AIGHD, Dr Ondoa’s present goals are laboratory system strengthening and research. Her specific focus is to identify and alleviate the constraints to laboratory workforce in sub-Saharan Africa.