Meet UNMC Distinguished Scientist Georgette Kanmogne, Ph.D., M.P.H.

April 23, 2012

UNMC researcher Georgette Kanmogne, Ph.D., M.P.H., answers questions about her work, life and interests.

NOTE: This profile is part of a series to highlight the 23 researchers who will be honored May 22 at a ceremony for UNMC's 2011 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

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Georgette Kanmogne, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Name: Georgette Kanmogne, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • Title: Associate professor and vice-chairwoman for faculty development and resource allocation in the department of pharmacology and experimental neuroscience
  • Joined UNMC: January 2005
  • Hometown: World citizen. I have lived in Cameroon, the United Kingdom, Oklahoma and Omaha.

Describe your research in laymen's terms.

My research aims to understand how HIV and secreted viral products affect human blood vessels and cause the virus to enter organs such as the brain and lungs, and what causes tissue injury and the development of disease. We also investigate how the virus' genetic makeup influences HIV-induced tissue injury and affects mental functions.

How do you want your research to translate to benefit patients?

Results of my research will help design therapeutic strategies to help prevent/reduce HIV-induced vascular injury, diminish viral entry into the brain and help preserve mental functions in infected patients.

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?

Think big and stay positive.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I have five siblings and was the first in my family to attend high school or college.
  • I am a good cook and love to party.
  • During my preteen/early teenage years, I was an alter server, sang at my parish youth choir and contemplated becoming a nun.

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