Luria Leslie Founou


  • KY16 9TF

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

Personal profile


I hold a PhD in Pharmaceutical Microbiology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. I am a microbiologist with an excellent track record and over 10 years’ experience on antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases. I am Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow and also serves as an advisory member for the World Health Organization Foodborne Diseases Epidemiology Reference Group.

I'm on a mission to ensure every woman giving birth sees her child grow, and every child has a chance at a healthy life. Leveraging my expertise in microbiology, I fight against preventable maternal and neonatal suffering, ensuring that the journey of childbirth and life in Africa is embraced as a joy, not a challenge.

I am guided by the belief that every woman giving birth deserves the right to see her child grow and similarly, each child deserves the right to live and to have a healthy life.

Research overview

My research work spans the epidemiology, transmission, and evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria across the One Health interfaces, with a particular focus on mothers and neonates in Africa. I provided instrumental knowledge to improve food safety in Cameroon and South Africa.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality