AG Parasitologie (PD Dr. A. Renz)
LS Vergl. Zoologie (Inst. EVE)
Auf der Morgenstelle 28
PO Box 65 Ngaoundere, CAMEROUN
Phone: +237 78450378
Since January 2010 Dipl. biol. Mr Albert Eisenbarth is engaged in the project. He is conducting his PhD thesis on the molecular discrimination of infective filarial larvae found in the vector populations and the impact of zoophilic behaviour of Simulium damnosum s.l. on the transmission of river blindness. Therefore, he established a molecular biology unit in the Programme Onchocercoses laboratory in Ngaoundéré. Furthermore, he is participating on the buildup and longitudinal surveillance of the experimental cattle herd, where calves are exposed to O. ochengi transmission since birth. At the same time, he is searching for the yet unknown vectors of 4 other bovine filarial species, which are also prevalent in our cattle herd, and to identify them by molecular tools. His last focus lies on the discovery and identification of filarial species from other hosts, like wild large ungulates (buffalo, antelopes, warthog, etc.).
Albert Eisenbarth is a biologist by training, with emphasis of molecular biology and parasitology. He wrote his thesis about the identification of parasitic nematode larvae in fish and conducted field work in Melbourne, Australia. Following graduation he was employed at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Tuebingen and performed genetic analysis of microfilaria-resistance against lymphatic filariasis in mice. His first engagement on the African continent was during his study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, where he completed an internship at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine. Before starting his current position, he has worked for a Clinical Research Organization on clinical trial management.
Eberle, R., Brattig, N., Trusch, M., Schlüter, H., Achukwi, M.D., Eisenbarth, A., Renz, A., Liebau, E., Perbandt, M. Betzel, C. 2014. Isolation, identification and functional activity of excretory-secretory peptides from Onchocerca ochengi. Acta Tropica (accepted).
Hildebrandt, J., Eisenbarth, A., Renz, A., Streit, A., 2014. Reproductive biology of Onchocerca ochengi, a nodule forming filarial nematode in zebu cattle. Veterinary Parasitology 205, 318-29.
Manchang, T.K., Ajonina-Ekoti, I., Ndjonka, D., Eisenbarth, A., Achukwi, M.D., Renz, A., Brattig, N.W., Liebau, E., Breloer, M., 2014. Immune recognition of Onchocerca volvulus proteins in the human host and animal models of onchocerciasis. Journal of Helminthology, 1-12.
Ajonina-Ekoti, I., Kurosinski, M.A., Younis, A.E., Ndjonka, D., Tanyi, M.K., Achukwi, M., Eisenbarth, A., Ajonina, C., Luersen, K., Breloer, M., Brattig, N.W., Liebau, E., 2013. Comparative analysis of macrophage migration inhibitory factors (MIFs) from the parasitic nematode Onchocerca volvulus and the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Parasitology Research 112, 3335-46. Eisenbarth, A., Ekale, D., Hildebrandt, J., Achukwi, M.D., Streit, A., Renz, A., 2013. Molecular evidence of ‘Siisa form’, a new genotype related to Onchocerca ochengi in cattle from North Cameroon. Acta Tropica 127, 261-265.
Jabbar, A., Asnoussi, A., Norbury, L.J., Eisenbarth, A., Shamsi, S., Gasser, R.B., Lopata, A.L., Beveridge, I., 2012. Larval anisakid nematodes in teleost fishes from Lizard Island, northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 63, 1283-1299.
Hildebrandt, J.C., Eisenbarth, A., Renz, A., Streit, A., 2012. Single worm genotyping demonstrates that Onchocerca ochengi females simultaneously produce progeny sired by different males. Parasitology Research 111, 2217-2221.
Shamsi, S., Eisenbarth, A., Saptarshi, S., Beveridge, I., Gasser, R.B., Lopata, A.L., 2011. Occurrence and abundance of anisakid nematode larvae in five species of fish from southern Australian waters. Parasitology Research 108, 927-934. Eisenbarth, A. 2009. Occurrence of intestinal fish parasites in Australia: identification of anisakid nematodes in commercially available fish species from south Australian waters. Diplomica Verlag, Hamburg. 92 pp. ISBN 978-3-8366-8018-9.