Prof. Jacob Souopgui

University Professor


Professor J. SOUOPGUI was born in Cameroon and studied biology, ending with his first PhD in Molecular Parasitology in 1999 at the University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon. Motivated to improve his background training and research skills, he moved to the University of Göttingen in Germany in 1999 where he achieved his second PhD in Molecular genetics of Development in 2002. After completing his first postdoctoral training in Germany, he moved to Belgium in 2006 where he did a second postdoc and was granted a Chair in Developmental Biology in 2009 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Jacob SOUOPGUI is a Professor of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology at the ULB-BioPARK. Since 2012 he created and is the Chair of the Laboratory of Embryology and Biotechnology. His main research interest focuses on understanding the origin of some human malformation and genetic diseases, using laboratory animal models.

Jacob SOUOPGUI was appointed Professor at the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of the University of Rwanda in 2018 and was recently appointed Chair Person of the Board of Directors of King Faisal Hospital by the Government of Rwanda.

Besides his fundamental research goals, Professor SOUOPGUI is very active in the field of R&D, aiming at strengthening capacity building in African countries. He is presently one of the Team Leaders of the Belgian institutional support to the University of Rwanda and is in charge of technology platform implementation to support research and teaching in the field of biotechnology and life sciences. Thanks to his expertise in the field of North-South and South-South university cooperation and networking Jacob SOUOPGUI is the Belgian ARES (Academie de Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur)-Country Cameroon Coordinator. He is coordinator and partner in several big health-related research grants in Rwanda and in Cameroon.

Particularly, Professor SOUOPGUI is very skilled in Public Private Partnership (PPP). Thanks to this capacity, he has been strongly promoting capacity building and state-of-the arts biotechnology plateform not only in laboratories but also in hospital theaters, with Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) plateaux techniques.    

As the Initiator and a Leader of MIS-Rwanda in PPP with MEDTRONIC, an american pharmaceutical company, Jacob SOUOPGUI and his collaborator created a Master curriculum program in MIS to strengthen the health sector in Rwanda.  In this context, he has been selecting the best of best experts in the field of MIS in Belgium and other European countries to implement this hands-on train program in Rwanda. This could be witnessed by the ten candidates who started the Training of Trainer (ToT) program which is currently going on at CHUK with physians from CHUK, Faisal Hospital and CHUB.

Currently, Professor SOUOPGUI and collaborators are developing a Master/PhD curriculum training program in Biotechnology to be implemented at the University of Rwanda in academic year 2020-2021.

With his strategy of Learning by Doing, Professor Jacob SOUOPGUI strongly believes that modern Biotechnology will allow to transform the health, agriculture and other sectors, thereby contributing to a fast and steady development of Rwanda and Africa at large .