Rose Leke

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Cameroonian malariologist and scientist

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According to Wikipedia, Rose Gana Fomban Leke is a Cameroonian malariologist and Emeritus Professor of Immunology and Parasitology at the University of Yaounde I. Early life and education When Leke was growing up she suffered from malaria multiple times, it was a normal part of life. She was first interested in medicine due to treatment she received for lung abscess in Limbe when she was six years old. Her mother never went to school, however her father was a school teacher, and both encouraged her to pursue educational opportunities. She went to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana, US in 1966 for her undergraduate studies, and then University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign for her masters degree in the lab of David Silverman. Leke pursued her PhD, titled Murine plasmodia: chronic, virulent and self-limiting infections, at the Université de Montréal, Canada in 1975.

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