Name: Dr. Eric Lontchi Yimagou
Educational Qualification: Ph.D.
Designation: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
Department: Medicine, Endocrinology
University: University of Pierre and Marie Curie
Research Interests: Effects of nutrient deficiency and excess on insulin secretion and insulin resistance; Nutritional regulation of adipose tissue inflammation, and the regulation of hepatic glucose production in diabetes.
Biography: Dr Eric Lontchi Yimagou, PhD, MPH, is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Diabetes Research Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York (USA). He earned his PhD in Physiology and Pathophysiology from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in 2015 (Paris, France). His PhD thesis focused on environmental factors associated with diabetes in Africa. Specifically, he investigated the role of Human herpes virus type 8 infection in ketosis-prone atypical diabetes that is characterized by a phasic insulin dependence and affects mostly populations of African descent. His PhD was preceded by two Master degrees: a Master of Public Health (MPH) at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon, 2014), with a research evaluating the effect of free diabetes care offered by "Changing Diabetes in Children" Project on clinical characteristics and on health-related quality of life of youths living with type 1 diabetes in Cameroon; and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science of the University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon, 2010), with the research topic “Metabolic effects of quail eggs in diabetes-induced rats: comparison with chicken eggs“. He also received a training in Public Health Nutrition in 2016 at the University of Paris 13 (Paris, France). He is a recipient of the Henry Christian and the Eastern Regional Scholar Awards from the American Federation for Medical Research (USA, 2017), a fellowship grant from l'Institut Servier (Paris, 2015), a fellowship grant from the French Government (Paris, 2014), the Jean Claude Mbanya Fellowship Award from the African Diabetes Association (Cameroon, 2014), and the President Paul Biya University Academic Award for Excellence (Cameroon, 2009, 2010).