Principal Investigator

Biography

  • He also holds other certificates in Cell Biology and Molecular Parasitology. He has extensive experience investigating transmission of vector-borne infectious diseases such as; malaria, onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis and lately leishmaniasis. His predoctoral research focused on quantifying transmission intensity, and identification of medically important vector species to understand their role in disease transmission. These studies highlighted the need for alternative approaches towards estimating malaria transmission intensity (MTI). Due to EIR becoming laborious, high cost and increasing inaccuracies (at low transmissions) and unethical approaches, his PhD and postdoctoral research was dedicated to developing serosurveillance tools for measuring malaria transmission intensity in the western Kenyan highlands and the forest zone of Ghana.
  • He is a recipient of the prestigious Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) in 2015, the African German Network of Excellence in Science (AGNES) 2016 Awards and the KNUST College of Science (KNUST-CoS) Excellence Awards Senior Member for Grantsmanship. He has worked both as a staff scientist and a visiting scientist at local and international research institutions. Notably the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research (KCCR), KNUST, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kisumu, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research  (NMIMR), Ghana, Yan lab UCI, USA, and the AG Kelm lab CBIB, University of Bremen, Germany. He currently serves as the Chairman for the Affiliates Coordinating Committee for the African Academy of Sciences, the Secretary to the Malaria working group to the Alumni Network of the European, Developing Countries Clinical Partnership (EDCTP). He has raised significant funding to support post-graduate training in the department Theoretical and Applied Biology here at KNUST, including ARNTD, KREF, DFG, EDCTP and NIH.
  • He is a member of the African researchers in network in Neglected Tropical diseases, the Entomological Society of Ghana, the Immunological Society of Ghana and a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

 

         Research interests

  • Vector Biology: Transmission of Vector borne Infectious Diseases
  • Developing Biomarkers for Infectious bites
  • Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Sero-epidemiology and transmission `hotspot

 

         Education

  • 2016: Postdoc., Immuno-epidemiology - Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
  • 2013:   Ph.D., Biological Sciences- Kwame Nkrumah University of Sci. & Tech, Kumasi. Ghana
  • 2007:   M.Phil., Clinical Microbiology School of Medical Science, KNUST, Ghana
  • 2001:   B.Sc. Biological Sciences, - Theoretical & Applied Biology, KNUST, Ghana

 

         Professional Experience and Qualifications

  • 2016 – date: Lecturer/Research scientist, Dept. of Theoretical & Applied Biology, KNUST
  • 2016 [Apr- Aug]: Visiting Scientist, Center for Biomolecular Interactions, Uni. Bremen, German
  • 2013-2016:   Lecturer, Dept. of Medical Lab. Technology, Garden City Univ. College, Kumasi
  • 2012-2014:   Postdoc, Dept. of Immunology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical research
  • 2008-2012:   Visiting Scientist, Kenya Medical Res. Inst., Center of Global Health Res. Kenya
  • 2007-2008 :  Lecturer; Garden City University College, Kenyase, Kumasi
  • 2006-2007:   Jnr. Research Fellow Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Trop. Med.
  • 2002-2006:   Research Assistant KCCR/SMS/KNUST

 

         Honors/Scholarships

  • 2018:   Award: KNUST College of Science, Senior Staff Member (Grantsmanship)
  • 2017:   Fellow: African Academy of Science Young Affiliate programme 2017-2022
  • 2017:   Fellow: African-German Network of Excellence in Science (AGNES)
  • 2016:   Scholarship: Biology of Parasitism, MBL, Woods Hole, MA, USA
  • 2015:   Fellow: African Research Excellence Award (AREF) MRF, UK
  • 2015:   TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visit Award, CBIB Uni. of Bremen, Germany.

 

        Professional Memberships

  • Date:   Chairman: Affiliates Coordinating Committee, African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
  • Date:   Secretary: Malaria Working Group of the Alumni Network of EDCTP
  • Date:   Member: Africa Researchers Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD)
  • Date:   Member: Entomological Society of Ghana
  • Date:   Member: Immunological Society of Ghana
  • Date:   Member: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Position:

Research interests:

Lecturer/Research scientist, Dept. of Theoretical & Applied Biology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

Vector Biology: Transmission of Vector borne Infectious Diseases, Developing Biomarkers for Infectious bites, Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Sero-epidemiology and transmission `hotspot

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