The management and staff of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) is proud to announce the promotion of Dr. Irene Ayi, a Parasitologist at the Institute to the Senior Research Fellow position with effect from February 2015. Dr. Irene Ayi obtained a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Environmental Parasitology) from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan in 2005. She has worked at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in various capacities since 1991,, including Head of Department of Parasitology from August 2012 to July 2015. She has been involved in the training of young researchers through mentorship of interns and graduate/post-graduate students’ thesis research supervision. In the past 5 years, she has supervised four (4) PhDs, sixteen (16) MPhils and several interns from Universities across Ghana and beyond. She has been involved in several external collaborative research into parasitic diseases of public health importance. She has also been involved in consultancy works in the area of evaluation of rapid diagnostic tests for parasitic diseases and snake venom anti-serum potency testing as well as malacology.
Dr. Ayi serves on a number of Boards and Committees of the College of Health Sciences and the University of Ghana. She serves as external examiner for post-graduate studies for some universities in Ghana. She served as the WHO temporary advisor on the WHO Consultation on guidelines for efficacy testing and operational use of molluscicides for schistosomiasis control in October 2015. She is passionate about contributing to the career development and growth of young research scientists, particularly, women to make a positive impact in their generation. Dr. Ayi Ghanaian and married with three children.
Her research interests are:· Transmission dynamics, host-parasite relationships, co-infections with other pathogens, prevention and control of Neglected Tropical Parasitic Diseases/zoonotic and infectious parasitic diseases of public health concern including Schistosomiasis, Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis, Toxocariasis, Amoebiasis, Toxoplasmosis, Babesiosis,Trypanosomiasis,Leishmaniasis, and Malaria.
· Development of tools for differential and non–invasive diagnostics for common parasitic diseases.
· Drug development from natural products against common parasitic diseases
· Promotion of comprehensive school health through control of environmentally transmitted common parasitic diseases in relation to water and sanitation.
Dr. Ayi has over 40 publications to her name and has authored several book chapters.
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