Kiemde Francois

Current Job Research Scientist
Personal Statement Biologist by background, he joined the “Institut de Recherche en Sciences de le Santé- Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro” (IRSS-CRUN), a public research center based in Nanoro, in July 2009 in the framework of GSK RTS,S phase 3 malaria vaccine trial and other clinical trial. In 2014, he has been engaged by the Ministry of Research of Burkina Faso as Research Assistant and he has been assigned to the “IRSS-CRUN.
In June 2014, he successfully obtained a small grant from the International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID) to investigate the capacity of natural killer cells to lyse erythrocytes infected by Plasmodium falciparum, and to determine the factors associated with cytotoxicity. The title of the study was “Determination in vitro of cytotoxicity of natural killer cells directed again erythrocytes infected by Plasmodium falciparum during pregnancy. In October 2014, he has been recruited as PhD fellow at KIT-Biomedical Research, Amsterdam, and subsequently by the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam (AMC) in May 2015, where he worked on the etiologies of fever episode in children under 5 years of age. He worked under the supervision of Prof Michael Boele van Hensbroek (AMC), Prof Tinto Halidou (IRSS-URCN), Dr Henk Schallig (AMC) and Petra Mens (AMC). During his PhD training, he kept the position of Research Assistant at IRSS-URCN since this PhD was a sandwich PhD program between IRSS-URCN (Burkina Faso) and the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). In 2017, his research team won the discovery award from NESTA Foundation to encourage their joint research.
After obtained his PhD in June 2019, he got back in his home institute where he have been recently appointed as an Associate Researcher by the “Centre National de Recherche Scientifique et Technologique” (CNRST) of which IRSS-URCN is linked and the Africa and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES).
Dr Kiemde is currently the head of the field station of Sigle, one of the field station set-up by IRSS-CRUN.
Education 2019: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
2010: University of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Master 2 in Applied Biology/Biological System Modelization
2006: University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Master 1 in Biochemistry/Applied Microbiology
2005: University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Bachelor in Biochemistry/General Microbiology
Experiences Since October 2020: Associate Researcher, IRSS-CRUN/CNRST, Burkina Faso
From October 2014 to July 2019: PhD Student, IRSS-CRUN/University of Amsterdam-AMC, (Burkina Faso and The Netherlands)
From December 2014 to October 2020: Research Assistante, IRSS-CRUN/CNRST, Burkina Faso
From July 2009 to October 2014: Clinical Field Supervisor, IRSS-CRUN/CNRST, Burkina Faso
From December 2008 to July 2009: Master fellow at the University Hospital Souro Sanou of Bob-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Awards / Honors Discovery Award from NESTA Foundation 2017: RAPDIF: a rapid diagnostic test for undifferentiated fevers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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Research Grants 1- International Society of Infectious diseases; 2014; Title: Determination in vitro of cytotoxicity of Natural Killer cells directed against erythrocytes infected by Plasmodium falciparum during pregnancy (NK Cells), Principal Investigator
2- European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership/ TMA Career Development Fellowship: Development and evaluation of an electronic algorithm using a combination of a two-step malaria rapid diagnostic test detecting PfHRP2 and pLDH, and other rapid diagnostic tools for the management of febrile illness in children under 5 years attending outpatient facilities in Burkina Faso (e-MANIC), Principal Investigator
3- DANIDA: Mitigating climate changes on health in Burkina Faso (CLIMSA), Co-Investigator
4- EDCTP: Phase 3 evaluation of an innovative simple molecular test for the diagnostic of malaria in different endemic and health settings in sub-Sahara Africa (DIAGMAL), Co-Investigator/Study site coordinator
5- EDCTP: COVID-19 Epidemic in West Africa: infection dynamics and diagnostic approaches (COV ADIS), Co-Investigator/Study site coordinator
6- Impact of improved diagnostic tools, practices and Training and Communication on acute fever case management and antibiotic prescriptions for children and adolescents presenting at outpatient facilities in Burkina Faso (ADIP), Co-Investigator/Study site coordinator
7- ZonMw: A rapid diagnostic test for non-malaria fever (RAPDIF). PhD Student
8- European Union: COSMIC-WP2, Clinical Trial Field Supervisor
9- RTS,S-Malaria-055 (phase III), Clinical Trial Field Supervisor
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