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Jean Engohang-Ndong

Kent State University

Dr. Jean Engohang-Ndong obtained his Ph.D. at the Pasteur Institute of Lille (France) in 2003. He was a Post-doctoral fellow at the Public Health Research Institute in Newark (New Jersey, USA), and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. Dr. Engohang-Ndong is an experienced Associate Professor of Biology with a demonstrated history of success in publishing, reviewing, and editing many original research articles, reviews, and academic manuscripts.


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The Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an RNA virus that is transmitted to humans by Aedes mosquitos, a type of arthropod commonly occurring in tropical and subtropical countries worldwide. In humans, CHIKV causes an infection in which symptoms are similar to those of the Dengue and the Zika disease which are also transmitted to humans by the same type of mosquitos. Needless to say, that a health professional has to be extremely well trained to draw a distinction between CHIKV infection and Dengue and/or Zika infection. Even then, a molecular diagnosis is necessary to draw an accurate conclusion as to the disease a patient is infected with. The past decade has been marked by not only multiple outbreaks of Chikungunya in endemic tropical and subtropical countries and sometimes beyond, but also by major findings of unanticipated health complications caused by CHIKV infection in a patient. This includes for instance the development of neurologic complications in many Brazilian cases.

The purpose of this book is to dive into the history of the disease, the molecular characterization of the virus, the diagnosis, the molecular mechanisms of CHIKV pathogenesis, the epidemiology of the disease, and the prevention and treatment. This book is intended to be a reference book on Chikungunya for graduate students, researchers, faculty, and health professionals. It will bring new insights on the multiple facets of the disease to the scientific and academic communities that are both in need to have a tool that will contain the most recent findings and advances that could be used as a trampoline to further the fight against Chikungunya.

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Date completed: October 13th 2020

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Jean Engohang-Ndong

Kent State University

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.

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