Abanda Ngu Njei


abanda ngu picture (2014_11_15 05_43_05 UTC)Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
651 IIalo Street, Bioscience Building 320
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Email: abandann@hawaii.edu


University of Buea, Cameroon, 2006, B.Sc. – Biochemistry
University of Salford, Keele & Manchester, 2009, M.Sc. – Molecular parasitology and Vector Biology
University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2012 to present, Ph.D. Candidate – Tropical Medicine

Personal Statement

I graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry and minor in Medical Laboratory Technology from the University of Buea, Cameroon before going to complete an MSc in Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology at the University of Salford, UK. Between 2009 and 2012, I was based at the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Yaounde I, where I participated in several field research studies on malaria and tuberculosis. I also worked for two initiatives that help build capacity for research on infectious diseases in Africa.

In 2012, through an NIH/FIC training grant awarded to the University of Hawaii and Yaounde I, Cameroon, I enrolled as a PhD Student in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I will be working in the laboratory of Dr Diane Taylor/Abby Collier/ and my research focus is on drug resistant tuberculosis in vulnerable populations notably children and HIV-positive individuals.


Present Internship and Northern Pacific Global Health fellowship, Mycobacteriology Service, Centre Pasteur du Cameroon
Present Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology, JABSOM, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2012-2014 Student affiliate, East West Centre, Honolulu, Hawaii
2010-2012 Secretarial Manager, Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Secretariat, Biotechnology Centre, UYI, Cameroon
2010-2012 Assistant coordinator, Cameroon Chapter of an EU-funded project- AFRICARAMI (Réseau scientific et Techniques Afrique caraïbe)
2009-2010 Project manager-Cameroon Chapter of an ACT consortium project (Project No 5)
2009 Administrative assistant, Laboratory of public health research biotechnology, University of Yaounde I

Interest & Hobbies

I enjoy engaging in community or group activities that seek to raise awareness of societal ills or provide assistance to those in need. I love travelling, meeting people, learning new cultures, cuisines and languages as well as spending great time in outdoors and sporting activities. In the last few years, I have cultivated the habit of reading historical, mystery novels or motivational, inspirational books every weekend and during travels. It’s an enriching experience especially as it helps me better appreciate the different facets of life.


Zoe Riches, Abanda N, Collier AC. (2015). BCRP protein levels do not differ regionally in adult human livers, but decline in the elderly. Chemico-Biological Interactions, 242 p 203-2010.

Wiseman V, Mangham LJ, Cundil B, Achonduh OA, Akindeh MN, Njei AN, Chandler C,Mbacham W.  (2012). A cost-effectiveness analysis of provider interventions to improve health worker practice in providing treatment for uncomplicated malaria in Cameroon: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13(1):4.

Chandler C, Mangham LJ, Njei AN, Achonduh OA, Mbacham WF, Wiseman V. (2012): As a clinician, you are not managing lab results, you are managing the patient’: how the enactment of malaria at health facilities in Cameroon compares with new WHO guidelines. Soc Sci Med: 74(10):1528-35