African Union regional awards for scientific women “Kwame N’krumah “

In collaboration with the African Union Commission, the ECOWAS Commission is organizing since 2010 the “African Union KWAME N’Krumah Regional Award for Scientific Women” as part of the awareness that the development of the region requires popularization and promotion of research in all areas, namely Science, Technology and Innovation. This prize is exclusively dedicated to women. It is actually an invitation for them to participate in activities related to Science, Technology and Innovation as well as to reduce their under representation in these areas. The award also offers the opportunity to improve their access to education, scientific careers, and promotes greater use of science in their daily lives. A prize worth $ 20,000 will be awarded in each of the following scientific areas:

  • Life Sciences and Earth. This sector envelope all sciences relating to the Planet Earth covering (though not restricted to) the following disciplines: geology, geophysics and geodesy. However, we consider Life Sciences as involving all sciences on «organisms » such as plants, animals and human being. This may include agro-technology, zootechnics, phytology, biotechnology, biology, science and environment, food science, medicine and tissue engineering, etc.
  • Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation. This sector includes any other sciences, technology and innovation apart from the sciences covered by Life and Earth Science. This may include physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering (mechanical, electrical, electronic and civil, etc), artificial intelligence, materials science, manufacturing and production technology, metallurgy, textile engineering, energy and innovation, etc.

In preparations for the next round of awards, we present the list of previous winners of the awards in the region as follows:


Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation

2013 Winner of AU-ECOWAS Women Scientists Award
Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation
Professor Yvonne Bonzi-Coulibalypic1

Yvonne Bonzi-Coulibaly is the first and one full professor in Chemistry at Ouagadougou University. She defended a PhD thesis (1987) in Organic chemistry at Strasbourg University (France). She gives different courses in Organic Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry and Pollution at Ouagadougou University. She was deputy Director (2002-2004) and Director (2005-2007) of the Environmental Center of Ouagadougou University. Thus from 2008 to May 2013, Mrs Bonzi was the first Director of Research at Ouagadougou University. Since 2002, she is in charge of the Organic Chemistry Laboratory renamed (in 2014) Analytical Environmental and Bio-Organic Laboratory.

She also gave technical and scientific supports in journal editorial boards, special committees or Scientific Advisory Committees within her home university and also international institutions like International Research Development Center (IRDC), Agence Universitaire pour la Francophonie (AUF), International Foundation of Science (IFS), etc. She has been coordinator of EXCEED NETWORK on water (2011-2014) and advocate in 2013 for HOPE Project, an UNESCO Initiative.

She is a member Science Academy in Burkina Faso.With high experience in preparation of photosensitive phospholipidic probes and large spectrum of pyrylium salts with their precursors, she combines well organic synthesis and natural products valorization supported by high level analytical tools. Her scientific contribution is real in the 10 years work in a large multidisciplinary investigation on environmental pesticide pollution in agro-ecological zones in Burkina Faso and Benin.

As sustainable solution in agricultural practices, she carried out an intensive work in the formulation of plant bio-pesticides. For that, plants extracts were submitted to chemical transformation or adsorbed on cellulosic material for antifungal properties.

In addition to her scientific publications (47), vulgarization documents (3) contributions to international books (3) and real enthusiasm to give scientific conferences on water issues, pesticides, pesticidal plants, she promoted with partners many projects, organized international conferences. She supervised 19 master students and four defended their Ph.D.

She believes that the end of each scientific research activity is the beginning of one face of development and for sustainable development; she is engaged in capacity building of junior’s researchers. With the KNAU price, her scientific animations for scholars and students increase in Burkina Faso between the one in the amphitheater at Ouagadougou University full of more than 1000 students and the one in a suburb poor primary school.

2011 Winner of AU-ECOWAS Women Scientists Award

Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation
Professor Rita Carolina Angora Yao Kakou


Born on 25 November 1962 in Abidjan, Rita Carolina Angora Yao Kakou finished her primary education in flying colours then went on to pursue her secondary education at the Lycée Sainte Marie in Abidjan; and in September 1982 she commenced studies at the Université d’Abidjan from where she obtained a BSc in Crystallography in October 1987. She completed her studies at the Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I) and in July 1990 defended a University doctoral thesis. In February 1991, she was recruited by the Université Félix Houphouët Boigny of Cocody where she rose from teaching assistant, assistant lecturer, senior lecturer to finally becoming a tenured Professor in 2008.

For about twenty years, she was actively involved in several research projects in collaboration with European Universities (University of Bucharest, and Université De Aix Marseille I) and with some universities in the ECOWAS region (Université de Ouagadougou and Université Cheik Anta Diop in Dakar); The research projects led to several publications in international journals. At national level, a number of the research projects focused on the development of products that could be used in the pharmaceutical, feeding and medical fields.

Professor Rita Yao was a member of the UFR Board and Educational Commission for Sciences of the Structure of Matter and Technology. Since 2001, she has been a Member of the Board of the Department of Sciences and Matter at the INP-HB, Yamoussoukro, she is also member of the Scientific Board of the école doctorale de Physique. Since 2007, she has also been assistant director of the Laboratory of Crystallography and Molecular Physics.

For several years, she has supervised Masters and PhD students. She is the Head of the Department of Physics and heads the Masters in Physics programme. She has also presided over several juries (review boards for theses, Baccalauréat and examinations for the school of telecommunications (ESATIC). In July 2009, she was honoured by the General Council of Abengourou. The African Union Kwame Nkrumah Regional Women Scientist Award in the field of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation was conferred on her in December 2011:

Professor Rita Yao was conferred with National Merit Officer in August 2013, she is also Vice President of the Association of Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs of Côte d’Ivoire (AFIECI) ; representative of the association of women researchers of Côte d’Ivoire (AFEMCI-CI); member of the National Women’s Council (CNF) created in March 2015.

She participated in several missions, internships and conferences in Côte d’Ivoire and abroad and to date has produced about 15 posters and 48 publications in International journals. She has supervised several Masters degree candidates, 3 PhD students and 3 others are undergoing training for their thesis. Professor Rita Yao is tenured professor of Atomic and Molecular Physics, PhD in Physical Sciences with focus on Crystallography and Molecular Physics, from Université de Provence, she holds a Masters in Basic Physics. Professor Rita Yao is married with two children.

In the course of her work, Professor Rita Yao, thanks to her firm grasp of vibrational spectroscopy became interested in:

  • The existence of non-selective interaction of trans-left vibrational modes and internal rotation, when the ethane molecule deuteurié is irradiated by a broadband source.
  • The influence of the retention site’s geometry and nature of the noble gas used as cryogen on normal modes of vibration.

She then got involved in a public health issue submitted by the biophysics laboratory of the Faculty of Medicine of Abidjan: subsequently there was need to determine and quantify the chemical components of a collection of gallstones and kidney stones gathered from a cross-section of Abidjan’s population. Two types of outcomes were expected:

  • Assist the Doctor in his epidemiological study by making correlations between these stones and the feeding pattern of patients,
  • Guide in the giving of prescriptions.

We must emphasize here that beyond the relevant responses provided, the work enables the physicist that she is, to develop a firm grasp of chemometrics, using that knowledge to explore new horizons in the field of quantitative data analysis.

As regards crystallography, an initial study by Prof. Rita Yao, on isochromene derivatives, pyridinium salts and iminium salts helped resolve tautomerism and alignment issues expressed by Chemists.

The arrangement of a molecule and the possible interactions with other molecules are fundamental to the properties of many compounds. As a result, the Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships and docking are today used for development of new medicines. The scientific community is showing considerable interest in Benzimidazole derivatives as they form the fundamental property of many pharmaceutical compounds. These compounds have a wide range of biological activity (antibacterial, antifungal, anti-tumour, antiviral, anti-cancer…)

In collaboration with the Organic Chemical Laboratory of Université de Cocody, which synthesized new molecules of the component, Prof Rita Yao worked to come up with the structural and molecular standard for the compounds for subsequent modelling and docking with a view to studying the biological activity of these molecules. The entire project led to 48 publications in international scientific journals.

2010 Winner of the AU—ECOWAS Women Scientists Award
Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation
Professor Geneviève Kabre née BARRO


Geneviève Kabre née Barro is Burkina Faso’s first female Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, focusing on digital and computer analysis (CAMES 2009, COTE A) Burkina Faso. She is a researcher at the Biomathematics, Computer and Digital Analysis Laboratory, (LANIBIO), UEMOA Centre of Excellence, the Pure and Applied Sciences, Training and Research Unit, (UFR/SEA), University of Ouagadougou.She supervises Master’s and Doctorate level Mathematics students and teaches Mathematics and Applied Quantitave Techniques.She is the author of about ten publications indexed by the Abstracts in SCI journals distributed worldwide.She holds a single doctorate in Applied Mathematics, specializing in computer and digital analysis as well as a Professional Masters degree in Statistics, specializing in Econometry and Statistics from Université de Toulouse1 (France) in 2011 and a Masters in Education Science, specializing in the Use of Information and Communication Technology in Teaching and Training (Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg(France) and Université de Mons Hainaut(Belgium) 2008.She has certification in self-assessment, evaluation and accreditation of Universities from Ecole polytechnique de Montréal Educational Assistance Bureau (2014), of CAMES (2015) as well as in the design and production of an A to Z. MOOC from École normale supérieure de Cachan (France), 2014. She is editor of the journal International Review of Education (REVI). She has participated in 86 presentations, symposiums, workshops, seminars, conferences, scientific research days and missions. She has been a Member of the Board of Unions of Researchers (since 2009) and member of the scientific council as senior lecturer of the Université OUAGA II.She is a member and/or expert of several international bodies: AUF (member of MIRRTICE of the Francophonie Institute for Distance Learning and Knowledge Building (IFIC) 2014 ; Member of the Committee of Experts evaluating applications for PhD research grants, since 2008; Member of the Committee of Experts in the set up, design and management of Open and Long Distance Training (FOAD), since 2010) ; UVA (Member of the committee of experts evaluating training programmes 2014) ; ECOWAS (Member of the ad-hoc committee of Experts on Distance Education, 2010 ; Member of the Regional Scientific Committee (CSR) analyzing the Science and Technology Policy document plan) ; CEDO (Member of the Committee of experts in the use of Information and Communication Technology for Education and Training, 2010) ; FTI (Member of the committee of experts in the use of Information and Communication Technology for Education and Training at the Institute of Sciences.In charge of the FOAD Science and Education programme, 2010) ; Chair, Unesco Gender, Sciences, Societies and Sustainable Development (Member of the Organ and Director of ICT) ; AFRICAMPUS (Member of the Scientific Committee) ; CAMES (International Expert in evaluation, “self-evaluation, evaluation and accreditation of universities” selected by the AUF-CAMES joint steering committee, 2015).She was instrumental in the design and management of the FOAD for Université OUAGA II in conjunction with AUF and EENI Global School. Through the FOAD, Burkina has helped to showcase E-Learning.As a result, Burkina Faso was ranked « SECOND » among French-speaking countries, after France, for the quality and size of its FOAD at the AUF, (TV5 Monde,        March  2014) : emissions/Destination- Francophonie/Episodes/p-28519-Destination-Burkina-Faso.htm.She won the title Femme modele (National Women’s Forum, Ouagadougou Burkina FASO, 2008). Every year, since 2008, she is been invited as model woman to mentor, provide counsel to and motivate young girls in Burkina, and also in other countries via the NET, into developing a career in science. She was awarded winner of the 2010 African Union Science Award – Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation category (African Union Awards Ceremony, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).She is married with two children, loves sports (swimming, aerobics) ; nature (animals, green space, flowers) ; reading ; movies ; music ; cooking ; landscape gardening and travelling.


Life Sciences and Earth

2014 Laureate of African Union Kwame Nkrumah Award for Women in Science

Professor Isabella AKYINBAH QUAKYIpic1

Professor Isabella Akyinbah Quakyi is a Professor of Immunology and Parasitology and the Foundation Dean of the School of Public Health, College of Sciences, University of Ghana (UG). She is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and immediate past member of the Ghana Health Service Council.She earned a BSc. (Hons) in Human Biology/Immunology in 1973 at the University of Surrey, Guilford, England.From the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), England, she received a Certificate in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1974, and MSc. degree in Immunology from Brunel University, Middlesex, England, 1978. She completed her PhD in Immunoparasitology at the LSHTM, University of London, England, in 1980.She returned to the University of Ghana Medical School, Department of Haematology as a lecturer in immunology and established the immunology unit at NMIMR, University of Ghana, from 1980 to 1983. From June 1983 to 1990, she joined an international research team at NIH to conduct malaria vaccine development research. She moved to Georgetown University as Associate Professor from 1990 to 2001.Professor Quakyi’s research and teaching over the past 3 decades focused on malaria: immunity, immunoepidemiology, immunopathology, immunodiagnosis, autoimmunity, molecular immunology and vaccine development.Her contributions to the field of malaria immunoparasitology and cellular and molecular immunology include the cloning of Plasmodium falciparum circumsporozoite protein and subsequent peptide vaccine development, these events led to testing of the first human malaria vaccine.Her research provided the first direct immunological evidence that the 230kD a gametocyte antigen (Pfs 230) is a major target of transmission blocking immunity Her work was also central to the cloning, sequencing and vaccine development of the 25kDa (Pfs25) ookinete protein of P. falciparum.She mapped B cell and T cell epitopes on Pfs25 by the use of synthetic peptides more immunogenic by the use of adjuvant and cytokine IL2.She returned to Ghana, UG, in 2001 as Professor of Immunology and Parasitology, having built up substantial international research capacity, academic scholarship, creativity and interpersonal skills necessary for the leadership to build needed capacity for public health.She has and continues to contribute to the academic, teaching, research and extension works at School of Public Health (SPH), University of Ghana, Legon, and with colleagues raised SPH to Faculty status.She served as, the Director of the School from 2002 to August 2006 and then as the first Dean of the School from August 2006 to July 2007, also making her the first female to be made Dean in the College of Health Sciences.Professor Quakyi has over 60 publications in peer review journals, has received a number of awards and serves on a number of national and international boards and committees.She was elected the First Woman Commonwealth Travel Fellow by the Trustees of the Trust Fund for Medical Research for the West African States within the Commonwealth, London, England, 1982, Council Member, Federation of African Immunology Societies (1992-Present).She was also President of the Immunological Society of Ghana, and member of several WHO/TDR Steering Committee, including the Strategic Discovery Research, Pathogenesis and Applied Genomics, Vaccine Discovery Research, Research Strengthening Group, RCS Plus and South /South collaboration, UNESCO’AAU Chair for Women in Science and Technology in West Africa, 2004 to present. Professor Isabella Quakyi retired in July 2007 and is back to the School of Public Health, University of Ghana on contract.She continues with teaching, supervision of numerous graduate students, in research, as the Principal Investigator (PI) of four Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TALIF) research projects at the School of Public Health and AMFm research. She was a Panelist on the German-African Coorperation Projects in Infectology. Currently she is the CHAIR of the Malaria vaccine Technical Group and PATH/MVI Vaccine Science Portfolio Advisory COUNCIL (VSPAC) Member.

Professor Isabella Akyinbah Quakyi is a staunch Christian and worships with the Christ Anglican Church, University of Ghana, Legon. She is interested in the activities of the youth and in this direction, has supported the National Union of Anglican Students (NUAS) in many of their programmes.

2013 Laureate of African Union Kwame Nkrumah Award for Women in Science
Professor GLITHO Adolé Isabellepic1
Pr GLITHO Adolé Isabelle was born in Cove (Benin) on 4th may 1949. She is Togolese. She spent her secondary school time and the first part of her university studies in Benin, and she attended in 1973 Université de Dijon (France) where she was awarded “Maîtrise” in Animal Biology (1975) and “Doctorat de 3ème Cycle” in Entomology (Insect Physiology – 1977) cum laude.She came back to Africa and started her career in teaching and research at the Faculty of Sciences in Université de Lomé (former Université du Bénin) as assistant lecturer in Animal Biology in September 1978.She became lecturer in 1981 after CAMES evaluation. In 1989 she won one year scholarship from African Union (AU) to carry out research by using electron microscopy at the Université de Tours (France) where she was awarded PhD degree in 1990 cum laude.She became Assistant Professor (1992) and Full Professor (1998).Mrs GLITHO-AKUESON Adolé Isabelle is currently Full Professor of Animal Biology (specialty in Entomology) in Université de Lomé (Togo).

She was Invited Professor at the Université de Tours (France) from 1993 to date, at Université de Niamey (Niger) from 1990 to date and at the Université de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 1995 to date.With more than 35 years of experience in teaching and research, Professor Glitho has more than 120 papers, 70 communications and 3 scientific books in several areas of Entomology such as:

  • Bioecology and Reproductive Physiology of major pests on grain legumes and vegetables (with 50 papers and 1 book published);
  • Pest Management and insect populations dynamics studies in order to reduce post-harvest losses (with 40 papers and 1 book published);
  • Biocontrol with development of entomopathogens, parasitoids and botanical pesticides ;
  • Insect vectors Management. and resistance to pesticides studies.

To date, Prof. Glitho trained more than 50 young researchers from different countries in Africa, especially in agricultural and medical entomology. She has contributed to capacity building for sustainable management of pest populations. The models of IPM developed by her team are currently used by many African researchers. Many improved IPM technologies developed throw the on-farm participatory research by her team are now used by several famers in West Africa.

She had mobilized resource and was the principal investigator for 12 research projects at national and international levels and financed by French Embassy (2013), UNESCO (2010-2013), CORAF (2005), NGO Plan – Togo / National Programme for the fight against Malaria (2004), FICU (2002), O.M.S. / AFRO (2002), IFS (2002), European Union (1999), French Ministry of Cooperation (1993, 1991), ICSU – African Bioscience Network (1988), World Bank (1987).

She had organized 3 international symposia (2 in Togo and 1 in Benin) with the Interafrican Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC/AU) and West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) in Sustainable post harvest system, Vegetable pests and diseases and Biopesticides.
She has been Coordinator of Researchers committee on plant protection in French speaking countries in Africa and Member of the advisory committee of SADAOC Foundation (Sustainable Food Security for West and Central Africa). She is holder of the UNESCO Chair “Women, Science and Sustainable Water Management in West Africa”. She is also- President of the Regional Experts Commission of West Africa for Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (CRE- BAO/AUF),


Board Member of Research Management and Applications n° 2 IRD (CGRA2/IRD) and – President of the association “Togolese Women for Science & Technology Advancement”. She is an expert for UNESCO for gender issues in higher education in Africa. She is member of the advisory council for 2 international (AUF and the Foundation 2iE) and 1 national (ITRA) institutions. Her association gave financial support to more than 30 girls in Master and Doctorate level in Science and had a promotion program for Women in Science in West Africa.


Professor Glitho is Officer of Togo Academic Palms, Knight of CAMES Academic Palms, Knight of La Légion d’Honneur (France) and Laureate for the Regional African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award 2013. Professor Glitho is the Vice-Président of Togolese National Academy of Science, Art and Letters (ANSALT).

2012 Laureate of African Union Kwame Nkrumah Award for Women in Science

Professor Matilda Abakai Steiner-Asiedu


Matilda Steiner-Asiedu is an Associate Professor in Nutrition, the Dean of School of Biological Sciences of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, at the University of Ghana.She is also the President of the Ghana Nutrition Association and was the former Head of Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Ghana.She earned her undergraduate degree in BSc Home Science (Food and Nutrition Option)   from the University of Ghana in 1982.She then undertook two years national service with the National Mobilization Unit as a youth coordinator. She was tasked to organize students and the youth to undertake various voluntary developmental projects between 1982 and 1984, a period of military revolution in Ghana.During the second year of the service, Matilda felt the need to further her education to enable her work effectively in community outreach.In 1983, she applied and won an award to do a degree in B.Sc. Biology and Chemistry at the University of Bergen, Norway. On completion in 1987, she continued to do a graduate programme in Nutritional Biology at the same university. She was very hard working and did so well that upon completion of her Master of Philosophy in 1989, her supervisors found her a grant to do a PhD programme in Nutrition.Once again she proved herself to be among the best when she completed and successfully defended her dissertation titled “Evaluation of the Nutritive Value of Locally Processed Fish and Cereals from Africa: Special Emphasis on their Use in Weaning Food”   in record time in 1994.


She is the first black female to have obtained a PhD from the University of Bergen.Her experiences from her community engagement raised her awareness of many public health problems in the many communities she worked. In 2002, she applied and won an award from Brown University Institute of Community Health Promotion, to undertake a Master’s degree in public health.


In May 2004, she was awarded a Master of Public Health degree. Her work in the communities is driven by her passion towards helping others to improve on their quality of lives.She was appointed as lecturer in Nutrition at the University of Ghana in 1993. Since 1993, Matilda has been teaching and supervising local and international students who are studying nutrition, food science, agriculture, medicine, dietetics and public health at both undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Ghana.


A number of the students whom she has tutored and mentored are occupying important positions across the Globe working in different organizations, for example, academia, businesses, governmental and non-governmental. She has also been giving public health nutrition talks and lectures to diverse groups of the general population and writes on health promotion issues in the local news papers.

As a team player, Matilda collaborates with sister universities in research to improve nutrition and health especially among children and women since they are the most vulnerable in society. To this end she continues to supervise international students who come to Ghana for research. She is able to bridge the gap between cultural barriers to ensure successful planning and implementation of field activities in Ghana.She has and continues to work collaboratively with Professors from other universities including University of Georgia, Brown University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill all in the United States of America as well as with industry both local and international in meeting their social responsibility to humanity in nutrition and health promotion activities.

Matilda’s research interests are vast touching on contemporary issues. Currently, she is working on assessing the nutrition situation of men in rural and peri-urban communities. She feels that these men are marginalized and are a drawback to achieving good nutrition for households.

Therefore, working with men on programmes that will consider the African socio-cultural contextual factors which she believes is a step to achieving national and international developmental agenda that underpins nutrition and health for all.

She also does research in the following areas: micronutrients, weight control, obesity and obesity advocacy, nutrition education/ health promotion with high/low literate populations, infant and child nutrition (breast-feeding / weaning foods) dietary communication and change research, and effect of processing on nutrient composition of foods. She has written and published over 40 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and co-authored chapters in books.

Matilda is not limited to the classroom but also plays an active role in University Sports. It is not surprising that in 2009 when the University of Ghana Sports directorate was undergoing reorganization, she was made the Deputy Director of Sports (first female in the position) which she performed efficiently in combination with her academic work till 2011. She has served and continues to serve on many university Committees and Boards as well as boards outside the University. She is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, Ghana Science Association and the Ghana Nutrition Association.

Through innovation and hard work, she motivates herself and those around her to do their best. She is a creative teacher and an excellent role model who is dedicated to her work. Matilda maintains high standards for herself as well as those she works with, always quietly providing the necessary support to help her peers and students succeed. She likes travelling, singing and dancing. Matilda believes all these achievements could not have been possible without the Hand of God Almighty. She owes it All to God. She worships with the Royal House Chapel International, Accra, Ghana.

2011 Winner of AU-ECOWAS Women Scientists Award

Professor Carmen Mireille Dosso née Bretin


At 63 years of age, Professor Mireille Carmen Dosso, has 35 years experience in Lecturing and Research. She is a tenured Professor of Microbiology and Director of the Institut Pasteur of Cote d’Ivoire.Her research work is on epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases and micro-organisms resistance to antibiotics. The area of focus is also on HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Buruli Ulcer, emerging disease in West Africa.The results have equipped policymakers with tools to improve on healthcare being provided to citizens.Her work and actions has helped to improve on the health of the citizens and made a positive impact on the social and economic development of her country, Cote d’Ivoire.Professor Dosso has made an immense contribution to the development of Science in West Africa and in the world.She has 147 publications of which 26 in top ranking journals (SCI), the majority of these journals have impact factors (Journal of infectious diseases, Canadian Journal of Microbiology, International Journal of Antimicrobial agents, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Food Additives Contaminants.In 2011, she participated in a total of 110 Conferences and Conventions, 55 of them international, and 65 national.She also produced nine ((9) manuals and guides. She trained 63 degree holders (12 PhD, 2 she supervised as Co-supervisor of Thesis, 3 Doctorates, 22 Doctorates in Medicine, 7 Doctorates in Pharmacy as Co-supervisor of thesis and 20 Masters). 

Professor Dosso received six (6) distinctions of which 3 are International (UNESCO, Ordre du Croissant Vert des Comores, Overseas Academy of Sciences) and the 2011 African Union-ECOWAS Women Scientists Award.

2010 Winner of AU-ECOWAS Women Scientists Award

Professor Salimata Thurston née Wade


Mrs. Salimata Thurston née Wade is a top-notch tenured Professor of Physiology and Human Nutrition at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar (UCAD). She was Head of Department of Animal Biology of the FST, UCAD from 2004 to 2006 and currently serves as Director of the Nutrition Laboratory and is in charge of doctoral training at the Ecole Doctorale ED-SEV of UCAD.Born in Dakar, at the Médina, on 28 February 1951, Mrs. Wade completed her primary education in Dakar and continued with secondary education at the Lycée Carnot School for Young Girls later known as Lycée John F. Kennedy.She obtained her baccalauréat D with honours in 1972.She continued her education in France at the Université Paris 7 and specialized in Physiology and General Human Biology, with focus on Nutrition.In 1978, she joined INSERM’s prestigious Unit 1 for Research in Nutrition of the Bichat Hospital.Mrs Wade would spend 9 years there in order to carry out research, particularly on biological signs of malnutrition and effects of interplay between malnutrition and infection.In 1986, Mrs Wade defended her Doctoral thesis on the theme “Transthyretin (Prealbumine) and Thymuline (Zn-FTS) in Protein-Energy Malnutrition” at the Université Paris 7.She was awarded High Honours by the jury.She also underwent several internships in various laboratories, such as Dunn Nutrition Laboratory of the Medical Research Council (HNR) of Cambridge, England in order to specialise in the measurement of energy expenditure in men and the use of stable isotopes in nutrition.Upon her return to Senegal in 1987, Mrs. Wade joined Dakar’s Institute for Food Technology as a Researcher. 

In 1989, she joined the Faculty of Science and Technology of the UCAD, convinced of the primary need for highly trained human resources to address the challenge of malnutrition in Africa. As such, she set up a programme in Nutrition and Human Feeding (BSc/Masters and Doctorate) at the FST, UCAD, the first of its kind in French-speaking Africa.At present, nearly fifty BSc/Masters and a dozen Single Doctorate theses have been churned out by UCAD under her leadership.


More than half of the degree holders are women.Her research work (more than 80 articles published in different journals and specialized scientific publications presented at several international scientific conventions), supervision work, as well as the set up of a reference Nutrition laboratory in sub-Saharan Africa at the FST, UCAD equipped with heavy research equipments, have all contributed to her receiving several awards at national, regional and international levels: World Nuclear Association’s Award (2005) ; Distinction of Université Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar: Inaugural Lecture marking the start of the new academic year 2008-2009 (2008); First Encouragement Award of the President of the Republic of Senegal’s Grand Prix for Sciences (2010) ; ECOWAS-African Union Award for Women in Sciences, Medical and Earth Sciences (2010) ; Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Senegal (2012) ; Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques Françaises (2012) ; 2013: Senegal’s National Academy of Sciences and Technology (ANSTS) Award for the Best PhD Thesis in the country was presented to her student, Mrs. Anta Agne-Djigo (2013) .


On a national and international level, Prof. Salimata Wade is member of several Scientific Committees/Councils.


Over the years, she has been regularly called upon as expert by the International Atomic Energy Agency on the use of stable isotopes in human nutrition. She is currently a Tenured Member of Senegal’s National Academy of Sciences and Techonology.

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