I obtained my PhD in Chemistry from Georgetown University (Washington DC) where I worked on drug resistant malaria. I am currently an Associate Professor of Immunology at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and faculty at the West Africa Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, WACCBIP, both at the University of Ghana (UG). I lecture molecular biology and biotechnology at the undergraduate and graduate level.
My laboratory is taking an integrated approach to both evaluate malaria transmission in the field and design new transmission blocking agents. My laboratory conducts routine molecular surveillance for Pfhrp2 gene deletions and Plasmodium species for the Ghana National Malaria Elimination Program. I am the Lead Biologist on the BMG funded ‘Developing a Drug Discovery Hub in Ghana’ Project, where my laboratory is using the SybrGreen I assay to determine the IC50 of compounds produced in the project.
The Drug Discovery Unit is a leader in drug discovery, and I am really happy to be here to learn as much as I can. I am so happy that Dr Susan Wyllie agreed to host me and help me gain experience in assays used for Mode of Action studies, which is lacking at the NMIMR. My mission is to go back home and teach others working in malaria parasite culture the new skills that I learn here.
I am very passionate about malaria and really want my research and outreach activities to help in the eventual elimination of Malaria from Ghana and beyond.