Pilot Grantee Dr. Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf featured in the Member Magazine Of The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2019) — Yvonne Fondufe–Mittendorf took a winding path from the Republic of Cameroon to the bluegrass of Kentucky.
“I call myself an academic tourist,” she said.
Inspired by her older sisters who studied science, Fondufe–Mittendorf moved from Cameroon to Nigeria to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Ibadan.
While she was at the university, a visiting researcher from Germany told the students about his university’s doctorate program. Eager to continue her academic journey, Fondufe–Mittendorf applied to the program at the Georg-August Universitaet in Göttingen. She was accepted and moved to Germany to pursue a doctorate in molecular genetics.