The management and staff of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) wish to congratulate the under listed Research Fellows on their new appointments as Senior Research Fellows of the Institute.
Dr. Samuel Kweku Dadzie
Dr. Samuel Dadzie is a Medical Entomologist at the Institute.
He holds a PhD in Vector Biology from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK.
He has extensive experience in medical entomology in both field and laboratory techniques. His research interest focuses on vector biology with emphasis on the application of modern methods to address the burden of vector-borne diseases. He coordinates the field and laboratory components of entomology projects in the Department of Parasitology . He also provides training on basic entomological techniques in Ghana and in many countries outside Ghana.
Dr. Dadzie is a member of several committees in Ghana including the Malaria Vector Control Oversight Committee and Malaria Research Advisory Group of the Ghana National Malaria Control Programme, Intra-country Advisory Committee on Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Technical Advisory Committee of Zoomlion Nationwide Mosquito Control Programme among others. He is the Focal person for African Network of Vector Resistance (ANVR/WHO/AFRO) in Ghana. He recently developed the National Insecticide Resistance Monitoring Partnership for the Ghana National Malaria Control Program and currently the Program Director. Dr Dadzie also teaches and supervises students at the African Postgraduate Programme of Insect Sciences (ARPPIS), University of Ghana. He is also a member of American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
He has about 30 publications to his name.
Dr. Samuel Adjei
Dr. Samuel Adjei earned BSc. (Hons) in Biological Sciences in 1992 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). In 2002, he proceeded to undertake further studies in Nagoya University, Japan where he obtained MSc. and PhD degrees in Applied Molecular Bioscience (Animal Genetics) in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
In 2008 he became a Research Fellow in the Department of Animal Experimentation. Prior to this, he worked as a Research Assistant from 1995 to 2007 and assisted in the establishment of well-defined laboratory animals for biomedical research and the development of the grass cutter as a model animal for Buruli ulcer research. He has taught Biology at the Advanced and Senior High School Levels for several years and is also a Part-time lecturer in Principles of Genetics (Level 300) in the Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science, School of Biological Sciences, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana. His specialty training encompasses Laboratory Animal Science and Technology, Avian influenza molecular diagnostics, and Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics. Since 2009 he has collaborated with other researchers and has won several research grants.
Dr. Adjei has worked as the Animal Facility Manager and Head of Production & Supply of well characterised Laboratory Animals. He has also served as the Welfare chairman for the NMIMR Staff Welfare Association and has been newly appointed as the Head of the Department of Animal Experimentation from 1st August 2017.
His research interests include;
1. Laboratory Animal Science and Technology, model animal development and establishment of well-defined animals for biomedical research
2. Phytotherapy and drug development; In vivo evaluation/characterization of some tropical medicinal plants
3. Medical and experimental mammalian genetics with special interest in uterine leiomyoma (Fibroids) and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) studies.
Dr. Adjei, together with his collaborators, has conducted several research and has published extensively in his field.
Dr. John Kofi Odoom
Dr. John Kofi Odoom is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Virology and currently the Focal Point for polio in the World Health Organisation Regional Reference Polio laboratory at NMIMR.
He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Molecular Virology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
His research interests include antigenic and molecular characterisation of viruses, evolution of viruses and viral surveillance and currently working on Characterisation of human enteroviruses circulation in the country as well as Diversity of non-polio enteroviruses serotypes in Ghana projects.
Dr. Odoom has 23 publications.
NMIMR is proud of you and wish you well as you climb.
Dr. Anita Ghansah
Dr. Ghansah is a Biochemist in the field of molecular/genomic epidemiology. She obtained a PhD in genetic epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2009.
Dr. Ghansah’s PhD project was based on a severe malaria case-control study conducted in Navrongo (Upper East Region of Ghana). Her thesis began with a careful and systematic analysis of the epidemiological evidence for association with disease resistance, and proceeded to investigate the evidence for recent evolutionary selection. Various aspects of the analysis, and the analytical tools that she developed, have practical relevance to other malaria endemic regions and parasite genetics. Dr. Anita Ghansah
In particular, she developed SNP-based methods of defining sickle haemoglobin haplotypes. These provide new insights beyond what is found with conventional methods based on restriction-fragment lengthpolymorphisms, which raise important questions about the validity of current theories about how sickle cell disease has evolved and spread across Africa.
During her PhD programme she spent time at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (Oxford University) to complement her epidemiology training and through this, Dr. Ghansah gained a very sound academic foundation for a career in genetic/genomic epidemiology.
The following are her specific arears of interest;
• Using Genetic/Genomic epidemiological tools to answer questions of Public Health relevance in malaria and other parasitic diseases.
• Understanding genetic variations in Plasmodium falciparum, as a causative agent of human malaria infection.
• How genetic diversity influences the epidemiology and pathogenicity of malaria and its implication on therapeutic and vaccination strategies as well as malaria control.
• Using population genetics strategies to identify genetic loci that contribute to drug resistance in P. falciparum
• Development of genomic tools to characterize P. falciparum diversity in the population.
• Human genetic factors that predispose Ghanaian children to severe malaria and chronic kidney diseases
Her projects include; Measuring changes in reservoir of malaria infection in northern Ghana using molecular diagnostic methods, Genetic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum strains in three different ecological zones of Ghana and Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase Promoter Polymorphisms and Malaria in Children in Southern Ghana. Dr. Ghansah is credited with 50 publications and still counting.
Dr. Dziedzom de Souza
Dr. Dziedzom de Souza obtained his Bachelor of Science in Zoology (Second Class Upper) at the University of Ghana in 2003 and earned a PhD in Biological Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana in 2011. His interests are in Molecular Biology of Disease Vectors and Parasites, Lymphatic Filariasis and other Neglected Tropical Diseases. Currently, his main research focus involves assessing the transmission of Lymphatic Filariasis, towards the endpoint elimination goals of the Global Programme for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis. Besides his research projects in Ghana, he has led entomological investigations, and has been involved in providing training, diagnostics, monitoring and evaluation support to other project countries in Africa including, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ethiopia and Togo. His other research interests include malaria and Buruli Ulcer transmission and diagnosis. He has received many local and international competitive awards for young scientists. He has been involved in several local and international projects as principal investigator or co-investigator, and has over 40 publications in international peer reviewed journals.
Aside his academic activities, Dziedzom is also the Quality Manager for his Department, and is leading the efforts of the Department towards accreditation for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 17025. He is fluent in English and French.
Dziedzom was appointed as a research fellow in January 2013 and within a short time has risen to the rank of senior research fellow.
The Institute applauds you all on this achievement and wish you well as you continue to excell.