Dr. Jean Engohang-Ndong was born and raised in Gabon, a country located in Central-Western Africa. Jean completed his primary and secondary school in Gabon. After high school, Jean started his undergraduate education at the University of Science and Technology of Masuku in Gabon where he obtained his Associate Degree in Biology and Chemistry. After obtaining a scholarship to study abroad, Jean pursued his higher education journey at the University of Rennes 1 in France where he obtained his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree in Cell Biology and Physiology. In November 1999, Jean started his PhD work on the treatment of tuberculosis at the Pasteur Institute of Lille (France) while enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Lille 1. Jean defended his PhD in October 2003. Soon after, the same month, he left Europe for the United States of America where he accepted a position as post-doctoral fellow at the Public Health Research Institute in Newark, New Jersey. After 4 years of post-doc, Jean decided to Join the world of higher education by accepting a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. At the completion of his contract, Jean Joined Kent State University where he teaches a wide varieties of biological science courses. In addition to teaching, Jean focuses his research on molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and environmental microbiology. More recently, he expanded his research interest to epidemiology and biostatistics of noninfectious diseases, including epilepsy. Jean is a tenured faculty and an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University. He is the author of many peer-reviewed original research articles, reviews, and a book chapter.