The Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) has recognised young scientist Dr Hans-Denis Bamal (25) with a doctoral degree for his groundbreaking research work. The institution presented the recipient with special honour becoming the highlight of the institution’s autumn graduations which ended on 29 March.The university made history when it conferred a doctoral degree to Bamal, one of the youngest scientists.The Cameroonian born youthful graduate received a qualification as Doctor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Technology. This is for his groundbreaking research work that led to the discovery of a novel drug intended to help fight aquatic animal infections caused by aquatic parasites. It emerged that through his research Bamal managed to achieve what researchers globally could not discover for decades. Dan Maritz, CUT spokesperson, said according to findings, researchers across the world reportedly have tried to understand these microorganisms to control the disease and develop novel drugs against these pathogens. “Bamal’s research work is leading the way in finding solutions that will bring an end to this socio-economic challenge facing aquatic farming,” said Maritz. Bamal’s research work discovery pertains to the following aspects: Phylogenetic, structural and functional analysis of cytochrome P450 monooxygenase CYP5619A1 from Saprolegnia declina. ) He performed a phylogenetic analysis and characterisation of the novel P450 protein CYP5619A1 from the deadliest fish pathogen, Saprolegnia diclina, and discovered that the CYP5619 family is only present in oomycete pathogens and involved in the metabolism of fatty acids. ) He identified CYP5619A1 inhibitors by using virtual screening techniques at the University of Alberta, Canada. It is important to mention that the study on the characterisation of this novel P450 family was the first of its kind, and the results paved the way for assessing CYP5619A1’s role in S. diclina physiology. Maritz said thus far, Bamal has published four articles in high-impact factor journals; supervised four BTech projects; and co-supervised three master’s degree projects. “His work was also presented at national and international conferences. Bamal matriculated at Libermann High School, in Cameroon. After which he obtained a BSc (Biomedicine) at the Pearson Institute of Higher Education, and an MSc (Plant Pathology) at the University of Douala.