Wesleyan portrait of Henry Dilonga Meriki

Henry Dilonga Meriki

Visiting Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Hall-Atwater Laboratories, Chem R72/G


BS University of Buea
MPH University of Buea
MS University of Buea
PHD University of Buea

Henry Dilonga Meriki

With a Ph.D. in Microbiology and a Master's in Public Health from the University of Buea, Cameroon, Henry Meriki employs both field and laboratory research techniques to improve the prevention, detection, and treatment of infectious diseases. His research, which comprises more than two dozen peer-reviewed articles focuses on co-infections and drug resistance associated with HIV, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis, as well as the genetic and epidemiologic factors that influence the spread of these diseases. He is also interested in exploiting the role of the microbiome in health and disease. In addition to serving as a Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology of the University of Buea, he has worked as a practicing Senior Laboratory Scientist in his Country's Ministry of Public Health. He is a consultant Principal Investigator/Cameroon Country Manager for BioCollections Worldwide, a biomedical organization at the forefront of providing evaluation, performance, and labeling claims services to R&D companies involved in the development of new molecular testing methodologies.

Henry Meriki obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Masters of Public Health from the University of Buea Medical School in Cameroon. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Head of the Infectious Disease Laboratory at the Southwest Regional Center for Emergency Responses to Epidemics and Pandemics. He holds a full-time teaching and research position in the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology at the University of Buea Medical School, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in microbiology, epidemiology, and public health and also supervises master’s theses. Henry has published more than two dozen articles in international, peer-reviewed journals and presented his work in both international and Cameroonian scientific conferences. His research specialty includes the study of HIV coinfections with tuberculosis and viral hepatitis, drug-resistant HIV and tuberculosis strains, microbiome detection of various cancers, and the socio-economic factors that impact the spread of disease. His work is aided by also being the Country Health Manager and Site Principal Investigator for BioCollections Worldwide, Inc. Henry will be teaching two General Education courses for our department in infectious disease microbiology, epidemiology, and public health. He is a recipient of a fellowship from the Institute of International Educator’s Scholar Rescue Fund, co-sponsored by Wesleyan, given the political unrest and violence in his home region of Cameroon.

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