Antimicrobial residues and resistance genes in drinking water
About the department
The Université d’Abomey-Calavi (UAC) is Benin’s oldest and largest public university, with a total enrollment of 60,000 students. Founded in 1977 via a collaboration between the governments of Benin and Canada, the École Polytechnique d’Abomey-Calavi (Polytechnic School) at UAC focuses on training professionals for the industrial and biological sectors.
The Department of Human Biology is the largest department in the Polytechnic School, offering bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences, BioHygiene, and Health Biosecurity, as well as multiple post-graduate degree programs.
The Department is also host to the multidisciplinary Research Unit in Applied Microbiology and Pharmacology of Natural Substances, which focuses on surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in humans and animals.
This is the university’s second Instrumental Access award; the School of Plant Sciences received a shipment of equipment as a 2018 awardee.
Impact on development
The Department of Human Biology is advancing health equity by focusing on novel treatments for infectious diseases, solving a longstanding and devastating history of antimicrobial resistance.
Meet the Awardee
About the institution
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Why Seeding Labs?
Equipment is needed to expand the department’s technical capacity in applied biology, particularly in the area of DNA extraction, amplification, and analysis.
Instrumental Access equipment will also be used to support practical training for students in microbiology and related fields. This is an ongoing challenge because of high demand and expanding student numbers.
Did you know?
Dr. Victorien Dougnon, a senior lecturer in the department, was recognized as the 2020 Young African Researcher Award by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt.