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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
email: dondjib@cwu.edu

 
 
2016 Force of Nature Award, College of the Sciences, Central Washington University
2016 Professors’ Excellence Award, National Residence Hall Honorary
2013 Most Inspirational Faculty, Central Washington University
2012 Faculty Mentor of the Year – Honorable Mention, Central Washington University

 

Curriculum Vitae 

 

Education

Postdoctoral Training: Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT  & Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
Ph.D. University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria

B.Sc., M.Sc. and M.Phil. University of Yaoundé, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Teaching

Human Physiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Parasitology, Immunology & Flow Cytometry.

Research

• Assessment of antiparasitic 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, Mainz, Germany; Dr. Marcus Maurer, University Charite-Berlin, Berlin, Germany;  Dr. Albert Legrand Same-Ekobo, University of Yaoundé Teaching Hospital, Yaoundé, Cameroon; Dr. Omer Bébé Ngouateu, University of Yaoundé I, Yaoundé, Cameroon; Dr. Andreas Kruger, Bernard Notch Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany; Dr. Alon Warburg, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel.

Selected Publications

Deardorff K, Ray W, Winterstein E, Brown M, McCornack J, Cardenas-Garcia B, Jones K, McNutt S, Fulkerson S, Ferreira D, Gény C, Chen X, Belofsky G & Dondji B. 2016. Phenolic metabolites of Dalea ornata affect both survival and motility of the human pathogenic hookworm Ancylostoma ceylanicum. Journal of Natural Products. 79, 2296-2303.

Bastien P, Volf P, Depaquit J, Dondji B, Gallego M, Gangneux J-P, Izri A, Marty P, Piarroux R, Pratlong F& Dedet J-P. 2015. Comments on Leishmania major in Gorilla Feces. Journal of Infectious Diseases JIV129.

Belofsky G, Kouch PK, McCornack J & Koppinger K & Dondji B. 2015. Dalea emoryi revisited: Anthelminthic and new components of a previously-studied plant. Planta Medica 81 (11).

Ngouateu OB, Weller K, Brohl K, Kamtchouing P, Same-Ekobo A, Dondji B, Maurer M & von Stebut E.  2015. Impaired T cell-dependent protection against Leishmania major infection in HIV-positive patients is associated with worsened disease outcome. Experimental Dermatology, 22(4): 302-304

Belofsky G, Ray W, Winterstein E, Dondji B & Koppinger K. 2014. Anthelminthic metabolites of Dalea ornata (Fabaceae). 2014 Annual meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy. August 2-6, Oxford, Mississippi, USA. Planta Medica. 80 (10).

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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