Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Medicale (FCRM), Republic of the Congo
Francine Ntoumi is a Congolese molecular biologist (Republic of Congo). She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research in the Republic of Congo, lecturer in Immunology at Marien Ngouabi University and Associate Professor and Head of a Research Group at the Institute of Tropical Medicine at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
She is a member of several scientific committees and international scientific networks in Africa and Europe, and also brings her expertise to the African Union as a member of the High Level Panel on Emerging Technologies. Her main area of research is infectious diseases with a particular interest to malaria, and throughout her career she has trained African scientists of different nationalities in disciplines such as immunology and molecular epidemiology.
Since January 2009, Professor Ntoumi has been involved in building health research capacities in Central Africa through the Central African Regional Network on Clinical Research (CANTAM) and the pan-African network PANDORA. -ID-Net. In 2012, she was awarded the African Union Women’s Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Prize, and laureate of the RICE Prize (International Network of Congolese citizens). She received the Georg Forster Prize in Germany and the Christophe Mérieux Prize in France in 2015 and 2016 respectively. In 2016, she received the gold medal for scientific research from the Republic of Congo’s Head of State.