Palwende Romuald Boua

Current Job Researcher
Personal Statement I am a Researcher at the Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro (CRUN), IRSS-DRCO, Burkina Faso. I have skills on statistical genetics, genomics and bioinformatics and is proficient in phenotype and genome data QC, genome-wide association study, gene-environment interaction analyses, and downstream in silico functional analyses. My experience in multi-disciplinary research projects has expanded my skills in nutrition, biochemistry, epidemiology and field work to include genomics and bioinformatics. I have interest in GWAS data, in the population genetics studies, in nutrition-related disorders, in the data analysis of smoking and alcohol consumption and body composition data in African populations. I am experienced in cardiometabolic phenotype and genetics, after extensive work in genetics of atherosclerosis in African. My aim is to contribute in statistical genetics methodological approach, phenotype knowledge, phenotype knowledge, analysis and precision public health translation/impact. I have been an active member of the H3Africa Consortium and the CHARGE Gene-Lifestyle Interaction Consortium.
Education 07/2003: Baccalaureate, Mathematics and Biology , Lycée Bogodogo de Ouagadougou (BF)
09/2006: Diploma of Higher Education, Chemistry and Biology, University of Ouagadougou (UFR/SVT), (BF)
09/2009: Master of Sciences and Technology, Human Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ouagadougou (UFR/SVT), (BF)
03/2011: Master of Science, Microbial and Cellular Biotechnology, University of Ouagadougou (UFR/SVT), (BF)
12/2019: PhD, Human Genetics, Sydney Brenner Intitute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB)/ Human Genetics Department, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Experiences 2009-2009 Research Assistant, Center for Research in Biological Sciences, Food and Nutrition, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2009-210 Research Assistant, Laboratory of Nutritional Biochemistry, enzymology, Industrial Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (BAEBIB), University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso,
2010-2011 Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2012- Researcher/Investigator, Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro (CRUN), Burkina Faso
Awards / Honors 2010 Laureate of Best young scientist price awarded by Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), at 9th Edition of National forum of scientific research and innovation (FRSIT) (27 Nov-04 Dec 2010).
2017 Astrazeneca Research Trust Award
2019 ASHG Developing country award 2019
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Research Grants Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI). Grantholder: Palwende Romuald Boua. Genetic Epidemiology of Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases in Burkina Faso (EpICard). SG-NAPI Agreement No. 4500454084 (USD 37,768). Principal Investigator. 2022-2023.
GCRF Grantholder: Palwende Romuald Boua. iMapNut: Machine Learning to Map and Address Causal Factors of Child Malnutrition in Low- and- Middle- Income Countries. Grant No GCRFNGR6\1248 (GBP 25,000). Role: Principal Investigator. 2020-2022.
Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) Visiting Fellowship. Grantholder: Palwende Romuald Boua. AAlCoGENE: Africa Alcohol Consumption Genetic Epidemiology NEtwork. Total award: GBP 8,000. Role: Principal Investigator. 2020-2021.
GCRF Grantholder: Lisa Micklesfield. AWI-Gen-XHALE: Establishing a network to explore respiratory disease in the context of multi-morbidity in four African countries. Grant No GCRFNGR3\1333 (GBP 24,477). Role: Core partner. 2019-2020.
NIH funded. Grantholder: Michele Ramsay. Genomic and environmental risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases in Africans (Africa Wits -Indepth partnership for Genomic research). Grant No U54HG006938 (USD 5,000,000)/Nanoro sub-award (USD 252,000). Role: Co-investigator/Site Coordinator. 2017-2022.
NIHR funded. Grantholder: Marie-Louise Newell. INPREP3: The NIHR Southampton 1000 DaysPlus Global Nutrition Research Group: Leveraging nutrition in preconception, during pregnancy and post-partum in Sub-Saharan Africa through novel intervention models, at the University of Southampton. Total award: GBP 1,827,146/Nanoro sub-award: GBP 302,225. Role: Co-investigator/Site Coordinator. 2018-2021.
Astrazeneca Research Fund. Grantholder: Palwende Romuald Boua. Genome-wide Association study of Subclinical atherosclerosis in Sub-Saharan African, The role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis. Total award: ZAR 100,000. Role: Principal Investigator. 2016-2017.
The World Academy of Science (TWAS)/National Research Foundation South Africa (NRF): “African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowship”. Grantholder: Palwende Romuald Boua. (Grant No:100004). Total award: ZAR 350,000. Role: Principal Investigator. 2016-2018.
Wits NCD Seed Funding (Wits NCD Research Leadership Program, NIH Fogarty International Centre Grant 1D43TW008330). Genetic variation in antioxidant genes and atherosclerosis in sub-Saharan African: The role of SOD2 (rs4880) polymorphism in arterial wall thickening. Total award: ZAR 60,000. Role: Principal Investigator. 2016-2017.
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