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Parasitology

Parasitology Department

The Department of Parasitology conducts research into parasitic diseases of public health importance with the overall goal of reducing their transmission and the heavy disease burden that they impose on affected populations. The Department maintains focus on parasitic diseases in general. These include major diseases such as malaria, and others listed under the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) control initiative such as, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis. Also, research is undertaken into parasite implicated diseases in reproductive health (e.g., toxoplasmosis) and diarrhoeal diseases (e.g., cryptosporidiosis and amoebiasis). The Parasitology Department maintains strong collaboration with other departments to strengthen research into disease conditions with possible parasitic involvement such as asthma and related allergies and the transmission of Buruli ulcer. In pursuing the research objectives, the Department emphasizes research into emerging and re-emerging parasitic diseases, vector studies, control of viral hemorrhagic fever, and development of advanced diagnostic capability in Parasitology.

Research in the department is conducted by staff including Research Fellows, Research Assistants, Technicians, Postgraduate Students and Visiting Researchers from institutions around the world. Efforts are being made to expand the staff base to include more PhD holders, post-docs and expert scientists.

Expertise Available
Expertise and techniques available in the department include morpho-taxonomy, cyto-taxonomy, immune-diagnosis, proteomics, gene cloning, sequencing, bioinformatics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), development and use of Information Education Communication (IEC) as well as Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) in the control of parasitic diseases.

Research Divisions within the Department
Research in the Parasitology Department is organized in five major research areas under five specialized units for:
1. Improved diagnostics,
2. Molecular parasitology,
3. Parasite immunology,
4. Medical entomology
5. Applied parasitology.


Staff

Dr. Samuel K. Dadzie                  Head of Department

 Prof. Michael D. Wilson

 Professor

 Prof. Daniel Boakye

 Professor

Prof. Maxwell Appawu

Associate Professor

Prof. Mitsuko Ohashie

Associate Professor

Dr. Irene Ayi

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Anita Ghansah

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Dziedzom K. de Souza

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. William Anyan

 Research Fellow

Dr. Nicase Ndam

 Visiting Scientist

Sakyi Kojo Yirenkyi

Chief Research Assistant

Joseph Otchere

Chief  Research Assistant

 

 

Charles Quaye

Principal Research Assistant

Joseph Harold N Osei

Principal Research Assistant

Kwadwo K. Fremong

Principal Research Assistant

Osei K. Akuoko

Principal Research Assistant

Kofi D. Kwofie

Principal Research Assistant

Charles A. Narh

Principal Research Assistant

Joseph Quaye

Senior Technician

Yvonne Ashong

Senior Technician

Andy Asarfo-Agyeye

Snr. Research Assistant

 

 

Adimazoya Michelle

Snr. Research Assistant

 

 

Mosore Mba-Tihssommah

Snr. Research Assistant

Emmanuel Kwame-Amoakoh

Snr. Research Assistant

 

 

Edward Dumashi

Laboratory Technologist

Aikins Ablorde

Research Assistant

Bernice Budu

Administrative Assistant

Iddrisu Alidu

Research Assistant

Acquah-Baiden Dominic

Research Assistant

Benjamin Amponsah

Senior Clerk

 

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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