Research Projects

On going projects:

Exhutoire 200x131.jpgOn the track of molecular epidemiology of Multidrug Resistant Gram Negative Bacteria across diverse settings, according to the different geographical location and climatic conditions; Switzerland and Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Funding :
    - Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
    - Swiss cooperation: Swiss Embassy in Democratic Republic of the Congo
    - University of Geneva, Department F.-A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences via tripartite collaboration
    - Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Government
  • 2019-2024
  • UniGe Responsible : John Poté
  • Supervisor: Jean-Paul Otamonga (Associate Professor, UPN)
  • PhD student: Dhafer M. Al Salah (UNIGE), Junias Kabele (UNIKIN) & Trésor Elumba (UPN)
  • Partners: University of Kinshasa and UPN (Profs. Crispin Mulaji, Josué Mubedi, Patience Ngelinkoto, Pius Mpiana, and Vicky Elongo)

 

Exhutoire 200x131.jpgHigh-resolution historical sediment record and dissemination of micropollutants and antibiotic resistance in aquatic environment across to the different geographical location and climatic conditions.

  • Funding : King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (Scholarship no. 11432).
  • 2018 – 2022
  • UniGe Responsible : John Poté
  • PhD student: Dhafer Mohammed Al Salah
  • Partners: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Joint Centers of Excellence Program, Saudi Arabia & Universities of Kinshasa (UNIKIN and UPN, Congo DR)

 

Arrosage_200x131.jpgAssessing the occurrence and human risks of persistence organic pollutants, toxic metals and pathogens in raw vegetables and irrigated water under tropical conditions, Kinshasa City, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Funding : Congo Government & Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health.
  • 2019 – 2024
  • UniGe Responsible : John Poté
  • PhD students: Georgette Beni Ngweme Ngakiama & Goslin Gafuene Nkosi
  • Partners: Universities of Kinshasa, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health and Faculty of Sciences.

 

Building capacity for water, sanitation and hygiene in sub-Saharan AfricaProjet Hygiene-2_200X150.jpg

  • 2014 – 2020
  • Funding:
    - Swiss National Science Foundation
    - Swiss cooperation: Swiss Embassy in Democratic Republic of the Congo
    - University of Geneva, Department F.-A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences  via tripartite collaboration
    - Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Government
  • UniGe Responsible: John Poté
  • PhD students : Pitchouna Kilunga (UNIKIN/UNIGE), John Kayemba (UPN/UNIGE)
  • Partners : University of Kinshasa and UPN (Congo)

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Physicochemical and toxicological aspects guided mapping of urban landfill and mining activities for evaluating of environmental and human health risks in Sub-Sahara Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • 2013 – 2020
  • Funding:
    - UNESCO-Sida project on “Mapping and Assessing the Environmental and Health Impacts of Abandoned Mines in Sub-Saharan African Countries
    - Swiss cooperation: Swiss Embassy in Democratic Republic of the Congo
    - University of Geneva, Department F.-A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences via tripartite collaboration
    - Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Government
  • UniGe Responsible: John Poté
  • PhD students : Emmanuel Atibu (UNIKIN), Bienvenu Mavakala (UNIKIN)
  • Partners : University of Kinshasa (Congo)

Projet Tripartite

Completed projects:

Antibiotic_1a_200X131.jpgEvaluation of Environmental Impacts in Water Ecosystems with Genetic Based Bacteriological and Physicochemical Aspects Guided Sustainable Water Resource Management in Developing Countries: Case of South India and sub-Saharan Africa

  • Funding : Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
  • 2014 – 2018 (completed)
  • Our laboratory is involved in the assesses the anthropogenic influences associated microbiological and toxic metal contamination of the aquatic environment receiving systems, irrigation water and crops, as well as drinking water supplies.
  • UniGe Responsibles : Vera Slaveykova, Walter Wildi & John Poté
  • PhD students: Amandine Laffite (University of Geneva) & Naresh Devarajan (accomplished)
  • Partners: University of Kinshasa and UPN (Congo) and Jamal Mohamed College-Bharathidasan University (India)

Antibiotic resistance of multidrug resistant according to different climatic conditionsAntibiotic resistance_200X150.jpg

This project identifies the possible antibiotic resistance mechanisms prevailing in environmental bacteria, under tropical versus temperate climatic conditions, incorporating international surveillance to provide baseline information on the prevalence of antibiotic resistance bacteria and their resistance genes from hospital and communal effluents and their spread into the aquatic ecosystem.

  • 2012 – 2016 (completed)
  • Funding:
    - Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students
    - Swiss National Science Foundation
    - Bourse Augustin Lombard 2013
    - Bourse Ernst and Lucie Schmidheiny Foundation
  • UniGe Responsibles: Bas Ibelings & John Poté
  • PhD student : Naresh Devarajan
  • Partners : University of Kinshasa and Jamal Mohamed College-Bharathidasan University (India)

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Functional metagenomics and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) – an integrative approach to explore the antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and gene transfer elements (GTEs) from river sediments under tropical conditions.

  • 2016 – 2017 (completed)
  • Funding:
    - Swiss National Science Foundation
    - Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students
  • UniGe Responsible: John Poté
  • Post Doc : Dr. Periyasamy Sivalingam
  • Partners : Jamal Mohamed College-Bharathidasan University (India)
 
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