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Susan Afua Damanka

Academic Qualification

HND (London), MPhil, PhD (Ghana)

Professional Qualification


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Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research


Electron Microscopy & Histopathology


Susan Afua Damanka is a Biomedical Research Scientist in the Department of Electron Microscopy and Histopathology. She joined the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research as an Assistant Laboratory Technician in 1983 and took advantage of the opportunities available in the Department and the Institute in general to study over the years. She holds Higher Diploma in Microbiology from Institute of Science Technology, London, MPhil and PhD degrees in Microbiology from University of Ghana. Her PhD work on Rotavirus led to the first detection of a rare OP354-like rotavirus subtype in Ghana. Susan supported all the projects in the department. She was involved in training and mentoring her subordinates, National Service Personnel, undergraduates and graduate students from the University of Ghana. Susan was also involved in training Senior Scientists and Technicians of the African Rotavirus Surveillance Network in rotavirus diagnosis, molecular characterization of enteric viruses, and electron microscopy techniques in the identification of viruses. She is the only female who can operate the Transmission Electron Microscope in Ghana.

Administrative Role

Tutor, Hilla Limann Hall

Research interests

1.      Identification and characterization of rotaviruses and other related enteric viruses such as Noroviruses, Adenoviruses and Astroviruses.

2.      Rotavirus post-vaccine surveillance study.

3.      Use of the Electron Microscope in the diagnosis of existing and emerging infectious diseases.


Completed research projects


On-going projects

1.      Effectiveness of the Monovalent Rotavirus Vaccine (Rotarix ™) against severe rotavirus diarrhea in Ghana.

2.      Introduction and development of Taqman microarray diagnostic system in Ghana to enhance diarrhea surveillance as part of the global preparedness programme

Peer-reviewed publications

1.      Susan Damanka, Francis E. Dennis, Chantal Agbemabiese, Belinda Lartey, TheophilusAdiku, Kofi Nyarko, Christabel C. Enweronu-Laryea, Kwamena W. Sagoe, Michael Ofori, Onike Rodrigues, and George E. Armah (2016). Identification of OP354-like human rotavirus strains with subtype P[8]b in Ghanaian children with diarrhoea. Virol J.13: 69. Published online 2016 Apr 22. doi:  10.1186/s12985-016-0523-5.


2.      Damanka S, Adiku TK, Armah GE, Rodrigues O, Donkor ES, Nortey D, Asmah R (2015). Rotavirus infection in children with diarrhoea at Korle-bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana. Jpn J Infect Dis. [Epub ahead of print].



3.      Mbuh FA, Damanka S, Armah GE, Omilabu SA, Ahmad AA and Umoh JU (2015). Diversity of Rotavirus VP7 and VP4 Genotypes Associated with Severe Childhood Diarrhea in North West Cameroon: Detection of Unusual Strains G1P[6], G2P[6], G2P[8] and G3P[6]. BMRJ. 9(1):1-11.


4.      Zeller M, Heylen E, Damanka S, Pietsch C, Donato C, Tamura T, Kulkarni R, Arora R, Cunliffe N, Maunula L, Potgieter C, Tamim S, Coster SD, Zhirakovskaya E, Bdour S, O'Shea H, Kirkwood CD, Seheri M, Nyaga MM, Mphahlele J, Chitambar SD, Dagan R, Armah G, Tikunova N, Van Ranst M, Matthijnssens J. (2015). Emerging OP354-Like P[8] Rotaviruses Have Rapidly Dispersed from Asia to Other Continents. MolBiolEvol. 32(8):2060-71.


5.      Dennis FE, Fujii Y, Haga K, Damanka S, Belinda Lartey B, Agbemabiese C, Ohta N and Katayam K (2014). Identification of Novel Ghanaian G8P[6] Human-Bovine Rotavirus Strain by Next Generation sequencing. PloS ONE 9(6): e100699.


6.      Enweronu-Laryea CC, Sagoe KW, Damanka S, Lartey B and Armah GE (2013). Rotavirus genotypes associated with childhood severe acute diarrhoea in southern Ghana: a cross-sectional study. Virol J 10: (287). Doi:10.1186/1743-422X-10-287.



7.      AmoahBarnie P, Asmah HR, Damanka S, Adiku T (2012). Possible reassortment of rotaviruses in communities where humans and domestic animals live closely together in Accra, Ghana. IJID, DOI: 10: 1016/j.ijid.2012.05.166.


8.      Bonkoungou IJO, Damanka S, Sanou I, Fid_eleTiendr_eb_eogo, Coulibaly SO, Fabienne Bon F, Haukka K, Traor_e AS,  Barro N, and Armah GE (2011). Genotype diversity of group A rotavirus strains in children with acute diarrhea in urban Burkina Faso, 2008–2010. J Med Virol83:(8). 1485-1490.



9.      Dongdem JT, Damanka S and Asmah R (2011). Molecular isolation of human norovirus and astrovirus in tap water by RT-PCR. IRJBB. 1(6), pp.131-138.


10.  Armah G, Hoshino Y, Santos N, Binka F, Damanka S, Adjei R,  Honma S, Tatsumi M, Manful T, and Anto F (2010). The global spread of Rotavirus G10 strains: Detection in Ghanaian children hospitalized with Diarrhea. J. Infect. Dis. 202(S1): S231-S238.



11.  Simmonds MK, Armah G, Asmah R, Banerjee I,  Damanka S, Esona M,  Gentsch JR, Gray JJ, Kirkwood C, Page N and Iturriza-G´omara M  (2008). New oligonucleotide primers for P-typing of rotavirus strains: Strategies for typing previously untypeable strains. J. Clin. Virol. 42: 368-373.


Books& book chapters

Molecular Characterization of Previously non-typeable Rotavirus strains in Ghana: PhD thesis (2014).

Prevalence of Rotavirus infection in Children Hospitalized with severe Diarrhoea at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital: MPhil thesis (2005).

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