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Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum

Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum


Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum is Director-General of the National Institute for Biomedical Research, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Professor of Microbiology at Kinshasa University Medical School. 

He is also an Adviser to the WHO’s IHR Emergency Committee regarding Ebola. He was part of the original research team at Yambuku Catholic Mission that investigated the first outbreak of Ebola virus disease and later worked on the WHO team that implemented detection and control measures in the first documented urban outbreak of Ebola in Kikwit, DRC, in 1995. 

For 20 years, he has chaired international committees for the control of Ebola outbreaks in Gabon (1996 and Republic of Congo, 2001) and DRC (2007, 2012, and 2014). 

Professor Muyembe has also received training at the Institut Pasteur de Dakar and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Atlanta in 1981. He received a PhD in virology from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a medical degree from Université de Lovanium (Léopoldville, DRC).

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