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Blaise Dondji

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Blaise Dondji, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences 

Science Building, Room 338J
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
(509) 963-2715

2012 Faculty Mentor of the Year – Honorable Mention
2013 Most Inspirational Faculty

Curriculum Vitae


Postdoctoral Training: Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel and Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 
Ph.D. University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria
B.Sc., M.Sc. and M.Phil. University of Yaoundé, Yaoundé, Cameroon


Human Physiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Parasitology & Immunology


Assessment of anti-parasitic activity of plant extracts (Collaborators: Dr. Gil Belofsky, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA; Dr. Michael Cappello, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT)

Cellular immune responses to hookworm infection (Collaborator: Dr. Michael Cappello, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT)

Immunological and entomological studies of Leishmania and Leishmania/HIV co-infection in endemic foci of human cutaneous leishmaniasis (Collaborators: Dr. Esther von Stebut, University of Mainz, Germany; Dr. Marcus Maurer, University Charite-Berlin, Germany;  Dr. Albert Legrand Same-Ekobo, University of Douala, Cameroon; Dr. Omer Bébé Ngouateu, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon; Dr. Michael Faulde, Zentrales Institut des Sanitätsdienstes der Bundeswehr, Koblenz, Germany).

Selected Publications

Nation SC, Dondji B, Stryker GA. 2012. Previous exposure to a low infectious dose of Leishmania major exacerbates infection with Leishmania infantum in the susceptible BALB/c mouse. Parasitology Research, 111(3):1407-1415.

Ngouateu OB, Kollo P, Ravel C, Dereure J, Kamtchouing P, Same-Ekobo A, von Stebut E, Maurer M, Dondji B. 2012. Clinical features and epidemiology of cutaneous leishmaniasis and Leishmania major/HIV co-infection in Cameroon: Results of a large cross-sectional study. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 106, 137-142.

Richardson DJ, Richardson KR, Richardson KE, Gross J, Tsekeng P, Dondji B & Foulefack S. 2011. Malaria, Intestinal Parasitic Infection, Anemia, and Malnourishment in Rural Cameroonian Villages with an Assessment of Early Interventions. Journal of Arkansas Academy of Science. 65, 72-97

Richardson DJ, Richardson KR, Callahan KD, Gross J, Tsekeng P, Dondji B & Richardson KE. 2011. Geohelminth Infection in Rural Cameroonian Villages. Comparative Parasitology. 78,161-179.

Richardson DJ, Callahan KD, Tsekeng P, Dondji B & Richardson KE. 2011. Prevalence of waterborne Protozoan Parasites in Two Rural Villages in the West Province of Cameroon. Comparative Parasitology, 78,180-184

Dondji B, Sun T, Bungiro RD, Vermeire J, Harrison LM, Bifulco C & Cappello M. 2010. CD4+ T cells mediate mucosal and systemic immune responses to experimental hookworm infection. Parasite Immunology, 32, 406-413.

Deak E, Cho KW, Goldsmith-Pestana K, Dondji B, Lambris JD & McMahon-Pratt D. 2010. Murine visceral leishmaniasis: IgM and polyclonal B-cell activation lead to disease exacerbation. European Journal of Immunology, 40, 1-14.

Ngouateu OB, von Stebut E, Maurer M, Same-Ekobo A, Kamtchouing P, Dondji B. 2009. Epidemiological investigations on cutaneous leishmaniasis and Leishmania/HIV co-infection in the Mokolo focus, Far North Province, Cameroon. 36. Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dermatologische Forschung, 5.-7. März 2009, Heidelberg. Experimental Dermatology. 18: 302

Maurer M, Dondji B & von Stebut E. 2009. What determines the success or failure of intracellular cutaneous parasites? Lessons learned from leishmaniasis. Medical Microbiology and Immunology. 198, 137-146.

Dondji B, Bungiro RD, McMahon-Pratt D & Cappello, M. 2008. A role of nitric oxide in hookworm associated immune suppression. Infection and Immunity, 76, 2560-2567

Dondji B, Deak E, Goldsmith-Pestana K, Perez-Jimenez E, Esteban M, Miyake S, Takashi Y & McMahon-Pratt D. 2008. Intradermal NKT cell activation during DNA priming in heterologous prime-boost vaccination enhances T cell responses and protection against Leishmania. European Journal of Immunology, 38, 706-719.

Dondji B, Perez-Jimenez E, Goldsmith-Pestana K, Esteban M & McMahon-Pratt D. 2005. Heterologous Prime-Boost vaccination using LACK antigen protects against murine visceral leishmaniasis. Infection and Immunity, 73 (8), 5286-5289.

Dondji B, Duchon S, Diabate A, Herve JP, Corbel V, Hougard J-P, Santus R & Schrevel J.2005. Assessment of laboratory and field assays of sunlight-induced killing of mosquito larvae by photosensitizers. Journal of Medical Entomology, 42 (4), 652-656.

Carvalho LP, Soto M, Jeronimo S, Dondji B, Bacellar O, Luz V, Orge Orge G, Alonso C, Jesus AR & Carvalho EM. 2003. Characterization of the immune response to Leishmania infantum recombinant antigens. Microbes and Infection, 5, 7-12.

Dondji B, Dereure J, Poste B, Same-Ekobo A & Dedet JP. 2001. Visceral leihmaniasis in Cameroon. Seroepidemiological survey in Kousseri area, Northern Cameroon. Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique, 94 (5), 418-420.

Dondji B. 2001. Leishmaniasis and Phlebotomines sandflies of Cameroon: A review. Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique, 94 (3), 227-229.

Dondji B, Duhlinska DD & Same-Ekobo A. 2000. Species composition of the phlebotomine sandfly fauna (Diptera: Phlebotominae) in Mokolo region, northern Cameroon. Insect Sciences and its Application, 20 (3), 221-226.

Dondji B, Dereure J, Pratlong F, Duhlinska DD, Same-Ekobo A & Dedet JP. 1998.  Characterization of Leishmania major causing cutaneous leishmaniasis in northern Cameroon. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 92, 677-678.


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