Atehkeng Zinkeng

College of Medicine – Tucson
Year Entered Program: 
Degrees Received: 

BS Medical Laboratory Sciences-University of Buea, Cameroon (West Africa) 2012

MS in Applied Bioscience(Diagnostic Laboratory Science track), University of Arizona, 2016

About Me: 

A sports enthusiast, traveler, and marathoner each represent the person I am during my free time. As a sports enthusiast, I love watching soccer games and I am a huge fan of Lionel Messi, one of the best, if not the greatest soccer player to ever play the game. As a traveler and an immigrant from Cameroon, I enjoy immersing myself in different cultures and learning to approach life through different lenses. As a beginner in long-distance running, I am inspired by Eliud Kipchoge, the first to run a marathon in under two hours. As I train and push myself to run faster, I am amazed by how much my body is able to tolerate. My ultimate goal is to someday run in the Boston Marathon.

Lastly, I enjoy learning new skills and seeking to acquire new knowledge. It makes me very excited to be part of this MD/PhD program. I intend to use this new medical knowledge to become an effective and compassionate translator in the healthcare milieu, to leverage, and harness basic sciences to improve the clinical outcomes of patients here in Tucson and beyond.

Honors & Awards: 

Graduate College Dean's Tuition Award 2015-2016

Graduate College Dean's Tuition Award 2014-2015

Graduate Research Assistant Award Spring 2016

Posters and Presentations:

Ateh Fuayagem MS(ASCP), Lourdes Lewis, John Galgini MD, Michael Wood, Anne Wertheimer PhD. 2017 Association Of Public Health Laboratories APHL Annual Meeting

Certificates Earned:

2nd Antimicrobial Course: a One Health Challenge Les Pensières, France 1-5 Nov, 2021

Interdisciplinary Course on Antibiotics and Resistance ICARe, Les Pensières, France 16-24 October 2021.

Role of Diagnostics in the Antimicrobial Resistance Response, London School Of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 2020

Regulatory Education for Industry (REdI): Clinical Investigator Training Course, FDA- Nov. 12-14, 2019

Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP):January 2017

Certified Pharmacy Technician Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB): November 2014

Selected Publications: 

Saubolle, M. A., Wojack, B. R., Wertheimer, A. M., Fuayagem, A. Z., Young, S., & Koeneman, B. A. (2017). Multicenter Clinical Validation of a Cartridge-Based Real-Time PCR System for Detection of Coccidioides spp. in Lower Respiratory Specimens. J Clin Microbiol. doi:10.1128/JCM.01277-17