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Who Is Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan?

Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan

Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan is a biomedical research scientist, a Liberian medical doctor, social activist, and inventor.


Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan focuses on infectious disease research.

Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan

The medical doctor studied Chemistry and Zoology at the College of Science and Technology of the University of Liberia. He also holds a degree in human-medicine from Humboldt-University in Berlin.

Nyan did his post-doctoral fellowship as a biomedical scientist at the University of Pennsylvania and the National Institutes of Health, USA.

Being an activist for democracy and social justice, he was imprisoned by the Liberian military government. Afterwards, he was exiled in 1988.

In 2014, Nyan was the leader of the Diaspora Liberian Emergency Response Task Force on the Ebola Crisis. The team of Liberian professionals and diaspora organizations was fighting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and close areas.

Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan in US Food and Drug Administration

Until 2014, Nyan worked as a scientist at the Laboratory of Emerging Pathogens, at the United States Food and Drug Administration, FDA.

He gave a congressional proof on the Ebola outbreak in September 2014. After testifying before the United States Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights, Global Health, and International Organizations, his fellowship was dismissed.

In an interview, the medical doctor said he was never told what raised the Administration’s disapproval. When his name was removed from a scientific research paper and the development of a medical test by the FDA, he filed a complaint against them.

However, the Chairman of the US Oversight Committee on Science, Space, and Technology began an inquiry process. This led the FDA to return the patent documents to the scientist after two years.

Nyan created a quick diagnostic test that detects HIV, Ebola, Yellow fever virus, Hepatitis B, C, and E, Zika, Malaria, Dengue virus, and West Nile virus. The test can spot three to seven infections concurrently in ten to forty minutes.


Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan Private life

The inventor has four children.

Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan Awards

Nyan was awarded the “Humane Order of African Redemption” by the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on the 26th of July 2016.

The inventor also got an Innovation Prize for Africa for Social Impact in July 2017.

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