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College of the Sciences

Dr. Blaise Dondji

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Blaise Dondji, PhD


Science Building, Room 338E

400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
(509) 963-2715

Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications
2018 Faculty Mentor of the Year, Central Washington University
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


Postdoctoral Training:

Yale School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics-Section of Infectious Diseases & Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, 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



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



Drug Discovery (Anthelminthics & Antiprotozoans)

Collaborators: Dr. Timothy Beng & 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.



Belofsky B,Engels L, McPherson V, Nash K,Sullivan K, Torrey B, Ripley C, Coria C, Bicchieri T & Dondji B. 2020. Investigation of Dalea parryi (Fabaceae) Metabolites for Anthelmintic Activity against the Human Pathogenic Hookworm Ancylostoma ceylanicum. Phytochemistry. 177.


Richardson DJ, GrossJA, Tsekeng P & Dondji B. 2020. Geohelminth infection, anemia, and malnourishment in Bawa, Cameroon after 10 years of intervention by the Bawa Health Initiative. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences. 14 (4): 1177-1187.


Tateng NA, Payne VK, Ngouateu OB, Kirstein DO, Warburg W, von Stebut E, Maurer M, Dondji B & Kruger A. 2019. Inventory and taxonomy of phlebotomine sand flies of the Mokolo leishmaniasis focus, northern Cameroon, with description of new Sergentomyia taxa (Diptera: Psychodidae). Acta Tropica, 194, 172-180.


Tateng NA, Kirstein DO, Ngouateu OB, Kruger A, von Stebut E, Maurer M, Payne VK, Warburg W & Dondji B. 2018. First detection of Leishmania donovani in sand flies from Cameroon and its epidemiological implications. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 23, 1014-1021.


Farah OA, Archibald R, Rodriguez MJ, Moreno A, Dondji B &Timothy K. Beng. 2018. Flexible access to 2,3,5,6-tetrasubstituted dehydropiperidines by Ni- or Co-catalyzed site-selective cross-coupling using Vilsmeier-Haackderived α-chloro-β-formyltetrahydropyridines. Tetrahedrons Letters. 59, 3495-3498.


Diliani N & Dondji B. 2017. Hookworm excretory/secretory products modulate immune responses to heterologous and species-specific antigens. Parasite Immunology. 39,10.1111/pim.12459


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, 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


Ngouateu OB, Dondji B, Maurer M, von Stebut E. 2011. Epidemiological and immunological investigation on cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) and Leishmania/HIV co-infection in Cameroon. 38th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Dermatology, 17-19. February 2011, Tubingen, Germany. Experimental Dermatology, 20: 172


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


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, 1-8.


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. Leishmanioses et Phlebotomes du Cameroun: Le point sur les données actuelles. 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.


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