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Professor Michael David Wilson, PhD

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Short Biography

Professor Michael Wilson is a senior scientist at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana. He received his Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences at University of Salford, UK (1994) and had postdoctoral training with Professor Rory J. Post at Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands.He was recently a staff of WHO/TDR (2009-2010) and before then the Deputy Director of the Institute (2004-2009).

 Professor Wilson was the 1st Programme Manager of the West African Centre for International Parasite Control – an establishment of the Japan’s Global Parasite Control Initiative (1999-2004).   His main field isonchocerciasis control and he was instrumental in developing the multivariate taxonomy approach for routine morphological identification of Simulium damnosum vectors in West Africa. He was also the leader of the team that established the feasibility and developed the operational strategy to eliminate onchocerciasis through vector eradication from the island of Bioko, Equatorial Guinea (1999-2003).

 Professor Wilson’s current research focuses on meeting the challenges of sustainable neglected tropical diseases control and the effects of environmental changes.

 He has served on several local and international bodies including the Advisory Board of Mebendazole Donation Initiative established by Johnson & Johnson Inc., USA (2005-2009). He is also a scientific advisor to the Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre for Africa and a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Administrative Role:

Principal investigator

Research Interests:

Molecular Parasitology and Entomology;

Insect Vector-Borne Parasitic Diseases of the Tropics


·         Climate change and onchocerciasis

·         PhD students/YALE University collaborative research

·         Epidemiology and molecular mechanisms of anthelminthic treatment failure in Kintampo North Municipality, Ghana


Publications (selected):

 Crainey J.L., Hurst J, Wilson M.D., Hall A, Post R.J. Construction and characterization of a BAC library made from field specimens of the onchocerciasis vector Simuliumsquamosum (Diptera: Simuliidae)Genomics2010;96(4):251-7. Epub 2010 Jul 23.

CRAINEY .J.L, WILSONM.D, R.J. POST.Phylogenetically distinct Wolbachia gene and pseudogene sequences obtained from the African onchocerciasis vector Simulium squamosum. International Journal for Parasitology,2010;40(5): 569-578

 BRADLEY J. WHITE, MARA K. LAWNICZAK, CHANGDE CHENG, MAMADOU COULIBALY, MICHAEL D. WILSON, N'FALE SAGNON, CARLO COSTANTINI,G, FREDERIC SIMARD, GEORGE K. CHRISTOPHIDES, NORA J. BESANSKY. Adaptive divergence between incipient species of Anopheles gambiae increases resistance to Plasmodium. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2010;108(1):

 HILARIA AMUZU MICHAEL D. WILSON DANIEL A BOAKYE. Studies of Anopheles gambiaes.l (Diptera: Culicidae) exhibiting different vectorial capacities in lymphatic filariasis transmission in the Gomoa district, Ghana. Parasites & Vectors,2011; 3:85

 DZIEDZOM K. DE SOUZA, SUMITI VINAYAK, SEAN M. GRIFFING, AMANDA C. POE, NANCY O. DUAH, ANITA GHANSAH, KWAME ASAMOA, LAURENCE SLUTSKER, MICHAEL D. WILSON, JOHN W. BARNWELL, VENKATACHALAM UDHAYAKUMAR, KWADWO A. KORAM. Selective sweeps and genetic linkages of Plasmodium falciparum drug-resistant alleles in Ghana. Journal of Infectious Diseases 2011; 203(2):220

 HUMPHRIES, DEBBIE; MOSITES, EMILY; OTCHERE, JOSEPH; TWUM, WELBECK; WOO, LAUREN; JONES-SANPEI, HINCKLEY; HARRISON, LISA; BUNGIRO, RICHARD; BENHAM-PYLE, BLAIR; BIMI, LANGBONG; EDOH, DOMINIC; BOSOMPEM, KWABENA; WILSON MICHAEL; CAPPELLO, MICHAEL. Epidemiology of hookworm infection in Kintampo North Municipality, Ghana:  Patterns of malaria co-infection, anemia, and albendazole treatment failure. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2011; 84(5): 792-800

 MICHAEL D. WILSON, DANIEL A. BOAKYE, LYDIA MOSI, KINGSLEY ASIEDU. In the case of transmission of Mycobacterium ulcerans in Buruli ulcer disease Acanthamoeba species stand accused. Ghana Medical Journal, 2011; 45(1): 31-34

 A. GHANSAH, K. A. ROCKETT, T. G. CLARK, M. D. WILSON, K. A. KORAM, A. R. ODURO, L. AMENGA-ETEGO, T. ANYORIGIYA, A. HODGSON, P. MILLIGAN, W. O. ROGERS, D. P. KWIATKOWSKI.  Haplotype Analyses of Haemoglobin C and Haemoglobin S and the Dynamics of the Evolutionary Response to Malaria in Kassena-Nankana District of Ghana. PLoS ONE 2012; 7(4): e34565

 D. P. TCHOUASSI, I. A. QUAKYI, E. A. ADDISON, K. M. BOSOMPEM, M. D. WILSON, M. A. APPAWU, C. A. BROWN, D.A. BOAKYE. Characterization of malaria transmission by vector populations for improved interventions during the dry season in the Kpone-on-Sea area of coastal Ghana. Parasites & Vectors 2012; 5:212

 D. K. DE SOUZA, B. KOUDOU, L. A. KELLY-HOPE, M. D. WILSON, M. J. BOCKARIE,D. A. BOAKYE. Diversity and transmission competence in lymphatic filariasis vectors in West Africa, and the implications for accelerated elimination of Anopheles-transmitted filariasis. Parasites & Vectors 2012; 5:259

 DEBBIE HUMPHRIES, BENJAMIN T. SIMMS, DYLAN DAVEY, JOSEPH OTCHERE, JOSEPHINE QUAGRAINE, SHAWN TERRYAH, SAMUEL NEWTON, ELYSSA BERG, LISA M. HARRISON, DANIEL BOAKYE, MICHAEL WILSON, MICHAEL CAPPELLO. Hookworm infection among school age children in Kintampo North Municipality, Ghana: Nutritional risk factors and response to albendazole treatment. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2013;89(3): 540–548.


RORY J POST, ROBERT A CHEKE, DANIEL A BOAKYE, MICHAEL D WILSON, MIKE Y OSEI-ATWENEBOANA, ANTHONY TETTEH-KUMAH, POPPY HL LAMBERTON, J LEE CRAINEY, LAURENT YAMÉOGO, MARÍA-GLORIA BASÁÑEZ (2013). Stability and change in the distribution of cytospecies of the Simuliumdamnosum complex (Diptera: Simuliidae) in southern Ghana from 1971 to 2011. Parasites & Vectors 2013;6: 205

 CHUKWUNONSO O. NZELU, HIROTOMO KATO, NAIKI PUPLAMPU, KWAME DESEWU, SHIRLEY ODOOM, MICHAEL D. WILSON, TATSUYA SAKURAI, KEN KATAKURA, DANIEL A. BOAKYE. First detection of Leishmaniatropica DNA and Trypanosoma species in Sergentomyiasand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) from an outbreak area of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Ghana. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2014;8(2):e2630.

 ANDREW C. KOTZE, ROBERT J. DOBSON, DEBBIE HUMPHRIES, MICHAEL WILSON,MICHAEL CAPPELLO. Application of a Poisson distribution quality control measure to the analysis of two human hookworm drug treatment studies in Ghana.International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance 2014;4: 64-70.


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