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Congratulations to the MARCAD postdoctoral Fellow Benoit Assogba awarded as one of the five top young African scientists to tackle infectious diseases prevalent on the continent.

MARCAD postdoctoral Fellow Benoit Assogba has been awarded training fellowships of The Crick African Network (CAN) as one of the five top young African scientists to tackle infectious diseases prevalent on the continent.
Benoît completed his Biochemistry MPhil at the University of Abomey Calavi, in Benin. Having developed an interest in mosquitoes as the insect ‘vector’ that carries malaria, he then joined the Entomological Research Centre of the Minister of Health as a Research Intern in 2007. There, he pursued his interest in vector biology and control, completing his masters and PhD.
He joined the MRC Unit the Gambia at LSHTM through Malaria Research Capacity Development (MARCAD) in 2017 for his first postdoctoral fellowship.
As a MARCAD program Fellow, Benoît works on ``Mass swarm trapping as malaria vector control strategy in Gambia´´.
The African Career Accelerator Awards, which were launched earlier this year, are designed to help early-career researchers make the transition to leading their own research groups in Africa.
The first cohort of CAN fellows will start to arrive at the Crick in the new year for training under the mentorship of group leaders with extensive experience researching diseases including HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria.