Virology Department


Staffs of the Department are highly trained in several biotechnology techniques. Most research activities involve the use of molecular methods such as regular PCR (PCR), quantitative PCR (Q-PCR), genomic sequence and analysis using different software, genetic engineering, probe hybridization techniques, biological and molecular cloning, evaluation of immune markers for laboratory diagnosis of infections, serological assays involving the use of rapid tests, ELISA-based evaluations and immunofluorescent assay techniques. Staffs are also deeply involved with cell and tissue culture, as well as virus propagation and isolation. Good laboratory practices are strictly followed and special training provided for staffs who work in a biosafety level 3 (BSL 3) environment with related pathogens.

Projects list
1) Genetic variability of HIV-1 pol gene in antiretroviral drug-naïve Ghanaian patients.
2) HIV Drug Resistance Monitoring in HIV/AIDS Patients on ART.
3) Establishment of a Cost Effective Micro-Assay for the Early Detection of HIV Transfusion-Associated Infections in Ghana.
4) Characterization of Prevailing HIV Recombinant Strains in Ghanaian Patients on Anti-Retroviral Therapy in Koforidua, Ghana.
5) A study to assess HIV-1 compartmentalization in Th1 versus Th2 lymphocytes in individuals coinfected with parasitic infections and HIV-1 in Ghana

6) Surveillance for Influenza virus in acute respiratory illness in Ghana
7) Nationwide survey of TB/HIV Coinfection in Ghana
8) The effect of malaria on HIV disease progression in Kumasi, Ghana.
9) Correlates of nontransmission of HIV-1 in serologically discordant couples in Accra, Ghana

Collaborators and affiliates of the department include the Ghana AIDS Commission, National AIDS/STI Control Programme of the Ministry of Health, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Naval Medical Unit -3 of the Department of Defence, USA (NAMRU-3), Centres for Disease Control (CDC), USA, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU). Also, Department of Microbiology, University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS), Department of Biochemistry, University of Ghana, Koforidua Government hospital, School of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana.


Professor William K. Ampofo ,       Head of Department

John Odoom PhD.
Senior Research Fellow
Evelyn Bonney, (Mrs) PhD.
Research Fellow
J.H. Kofi Bonney PhD.
Research Fellow
 Evangelina Obodai, (Mrs) PhD  Research Fellow
Ivy Asante
Principal Research Assist
Nana Afia Asante Ntim Principal Research Assist
Wisdom Akurugu Principal Research Assist
Ms. Gifty Mawuli Snr. Research Assistant
Ms. Keren Minta-Asare Snr. Research Assistant
Wilma Kizzy Appiah Snr. Research Assistant
Augustina Arjarquah Snr. Research Assistant
Gloria Odame-Asiedu Snr. Research Assistant
Esinam Agbosu Snr. Research Assistant
Elijah Edu-Quansah Snr. Research Assistant
Christopher Zaab-Yen Abana Snr. Research Assistant
Prince Kofi Parbie Snr. Research Assistant
Juliana Naa Dedei Aryeequaye Snr. Research Assistant
Anthony Twumasi Boateng Snr. Research Assistant
Erasmus Neequaye Kotey Snr. Research Assistant
Jacob Arthur-Quarm Superintendant Technologist
Miriam Eshun, Mrs. Lab Technologist
Rosemary Ardayfio
Administrative Assistant
Peter Odoi Anang
Project Driver
David Asiamah Project Driver

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), set up in 1979 as a semi autonomous institute of the University, is the leading biomedical research facility in Ghana.

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