Samuel Tassi Yunga


Tassi-22-200x300Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
651 Ilalo Street, Bioscience Building 320
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813

Personal Statement
I graduated from medical school in 2010 and practiced general medicine for two years in Cameroon, West-Africa. I am ardently interested in the clinical aspects of infectious diseases and the use of research methods to solve existing and novel challenges posed by pathogens. For my M.D. dissertation, I investigated the possibility of using cytokine receptor products in urine to noninvasively screen for malaria-induced placenta inflammation. I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaii majoring in Tropical Medicine and hope to work as a clinician-scientist, carrying out translational research on malaria and other tropical diseases.

University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.  M.D., 2010 – General Sciences
University of Hawaii at Manoa. Ph.D. candidate, 2012 – present

2009-2010 – Research Student (M.D. thesis), The Biotechnology Center University of Yaounde, Cameroon
2010-2012 – Chief Medical Officer, Fontem District Hospital, Cameroon
2012 – Workshop participant, Update of the immunological concepts of immunity to malaria,  Cameroon
2012-present – Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Interests and Hobbies
I speak and write two international languages – English and French. I am also interested in environmental protection and enjoy volunteering. My hobbies include swimming, hiking and traveling. I also enjoy listening to gospel music.