ASU Biology Professor to Deliver Lecture in Vienna, Austria

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By Timothy C. Ervin

Dr. Alain Bopda Waffo, associate professor of biology at Alabama State University, will deliver a lecture at the 4th International Conference on Medical Microbiology on May 20-21, 2019 at Vienna, Austria.

He will discuss the “Novelties in phage display with RNA-Coliphage Qβ for diseases point-of-care”.

Waffo’s research focuses are as follows: a) RNA-coliphage display as drug cargo and b) immunization with recombinant antigenic polypeptides or proteins coupled to nano-particles. Phage display is a molecular diversity technology that allows gene modification of phage and presentation of biomolecules on its surface. Qb phage was shown to be a powerful tool for functional molecules exposition and optimization (Bopda, 2004). More recently Waffo investigated cellular proteins interacting with the viral proteins during viral infection. Waffo developed expertise in protein purification and RNA phage display technology. He will be using his expertise and nanotechnology to explore viral shell as well as recombinant antigenic polypeptide for the attachment of drug cargo.

Waffo received both BS and MS degrees from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon. He obtained his PhD from Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry of Gottingen in Germany. Bopda was a post-doctoral researcher in the Universities of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and in the University of Texas in Houston and Galveston. Dr. Waffo was also a research associate in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama.

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