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The Bacteriology Department aims to improve the quality of life first for Ghanaians and the world at large by conducting research into bacterial diseases of public health importance to Ghana and globally. 

In addition to working on enteric pathogens and sexually transmitted diseases, the department’s current main focus is on the two most important mycobacterial diseases of public health importance to Ghana, namely Buruli ulcer (BU) and tuberculosis (TB).  The department in collaboration with other research partners is contributing to the global fight against TB and BU by conducting studies that aim to contribute to the control of these diseases by improving understanding of disease epidemiology, genetic diversity within the causative agent, host-pathogen interactions and laboratory diagnosis.  In order to make our research findings beneficial for disease control, we work closely with endemic communities and these field activities are carried out in close collaboration with the respective national control programmes and district health management team of the Ghana Health Service.

Our work involves collection/receiving of pathological samples, bacteriological culture and conventional characterisation as well as genomic diversity analysis.  Within our TB research, we have established active DNA fingerprinting, using methods such as spoligotyping, MIRU/VNTR, RD and SNP, analysis as well as mutational analysis in drug target genes.  Thus our laboratory serves as reference laboratories for both TB and BU, and also gives us the capacity to be involved in the evaluation of effectiveness of interventions such as diagnostics and vaccines.

The Department in its role as the National TB Reference Laboratory is involved in the organization and maintenance of the National TB Laboratory Network, development of training manuals and organization of laboratory training and implementation of nationwide TB laboratory Quality Assurance, and anti-TB drug resistance surveillance.

 STAFF

Prof. Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, PhD                              Professor

Prof. Kennedy K.  Addo, DVM, PhD                            Professor

Dr. Anthony S. Ablordey , PhD                                  Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Gloria Ivy Mensah, PhD                                      Research Fellow

Dr. Adwoa Asante-Poku Wiredu , PhD                       Research Fellow

Dr. Beverly Egyir, PhD                                              Research Fellow

Kwaku Owusu Darko, MPhil                                       Chief Research Assistant

Isaac Darko Otchere, MPhil                                       Principal Research Assistant

Samuel Yaw Aboagye, MPhil                                      Principal Research Assistant

Nana Ama Amissah, MPhil                                        Senior Research Assistant

Vida Yirenkyiwaa Adjei, BSc                                      Senior Research Assistant

Samuel Ofori Addo, BSc                                            Senior Research Assistant

Shirley Victoria Simpson, BSc                                    Senior Research Assistant

Prince Asare, BSc                                                      Senior Research Assistant

Stephen Osei-Wusu BSc                                            Senior Research Assistant

Lorenzo Akyeh, MSC                                                  Principal Technician

Christian Bonsu, BSc                                                  Principal Technician

Emelia Konadu Danso, BSc                                          Assistant Technologist

Gifty Wemakor, MPhil                                                  Principal Administrative Assistant

Edmund Bedeley, BSc                                                  Research Assistant

Samira Mahazu , BSc                                                  Research Assistant

Ivy Amanor, BSc                                                        Research Assistant

Felicia Amoah Owusu , BSc                                          Research Assistant

Doris Aboagyewaa Boampong, BSc                               Research Assistant

William Amoah, GCE `O`                                              Technical Assistant

Emmanuel Asare                                                           Driver

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