Novel N Chegou (PhD) is an Associate Professor and co-leads the diagnostic biomarker research efforts of the Immunology Research Group. He was trained as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea, in Cameroon after which he joined the University and completed his postgraduate and postdoctoral training in the field of Tuberculosis Immunology, under Prof Gerhard Walzl.
Prof Chegou's research work mainly focuses on the discovery of biomarkers for the diagnosis of tuberculosis and monitoring of the response to treatment. He is particularly interested in the development of simple, field-friendly point-of-care diagnostics for the management of TB in resource-constrained settings. The group conducts research in both adults and children, and in both pulmonary and extrapulmonary TB, with some animal (mouse)-based projects ongoing.
Prof Chegou is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) rated scientist and an EDCTP Senior Fellow. He holds an EDCTP-Senior Fellowship (grant no:TMA2018SF-2470) for the project entitled "Evaluation of new biomarker-based approaches for improving the diagnosis of childhood tuberculous meningitis (TBMBIOMARKERS)".