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Dr. Jewelna Efua Birago Akorli (nee Osei-Poku), PhD, BSc

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Dr. Akorli obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Ghana in 2006, with First Class Honours and, served as a National Service Person at the Department of Parasitology at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) from 2006-2007. She served on a WHO/TDR funded project which monitored LF transmission following MDA in endemic towns and villages in the Central Region of Ghana. Following the completion of Service, she remained as a field assistant and helped to train interns and students.

Having won a scholarship from the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh, she pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, UK from 2009-2012 and graduated with a doctorate degree in 2013. Herresearch work involved studying the genetics and ecological factors in mosquito vector competence; studying midgutmicrobiotaof field-caught mosquito vectors using metagenomics and, improving the genetic map for identifying resistance genes of interest in Aedesaegypti.

She is completed her first Postdoctoral Fellowship at NMIMR working on a project that investigated malaria host-vector-parasite interactions. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the West African Centre for Cell Biology for Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) in collaboration with NMIMR.

Administrative Role

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

·         Medical entomology

·         Genetics & Genomics

·         Vector-parasite interactions

·         Metagenomics


NMIMR Projects

1.      Title: Investigating the effects of human blood levels of antibiotics on malaria transmission.

Role: Principal Investigator (Postdoc)


Other Projects; None NMIMR projects

1.      The role of dominant midgut bacteria isolated from Anopheles mosquitoes in larval development and susceptibility to Plasmodium infection.

Role: Principal Investigator (Postdoc)


NMIMR Publications

1.      Akorli J, Gendrin M, Pels NAP, Yeboah-Manu D, Christophides GK, and Wilson MD. Seasonality and locality affect the diversity of Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles coluzziimidgutmicrobiota from Ghana. 2016. PLoS One. 11(6): e0157529. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157529.

  1. de Souza DK, Shafiu SA, Akorli J, and Suzuki T. 2016. Evaluating triethylamine in the anaesthesia of Anopheles gambiae. African Entomol.24(1): 236-240.
  2. de Souza, D.K., Osei-Poku, J., Blum, J., Baidoo, H., Brown, C.A., Lawson, B.W., Wilson, Moses J. Bockarie, M.J., and Boakye, D.A. The epidemiology of lymphatic filariasis prevalence in Ghana, explained by the possible existence of two strains of Wuchereriabancrofti.Pan African Medical Journal17:133.


Other publications;

1.      Ariani C, Smith S, Osei-Poku J, Short K, Juneja, P, and Jiggins F. Environmental and Genetic Factors Determine Whether the Mosquito Aedesaegypti Lays Eggs Autogenously Without a Blood Meal. AJTMH 2015; 92(4): 715-721.

  1. Juneja P, Ariani, CV, Ho YS, Akorli J, Palmer WJ, Pain A and Jiggins FM.Exome and Transcriptome Sequencing of Aedesaegypti Identifies a Locus that Confers Resistance to Brugiamalayi and Alters the Immune Response. PLoSPathog2015; 11(3): e1004765.

3.      Webster CL, Waldron FM, Robertson S, Crowson D, Ferrari G, Quintana JF, Brouqui J-M, Bayne EH, Longdon B, Buck AH, Lazzaro BP, Akorli J, Haddrill PR, and Obbard DJ. The Discovery, Distribution, and Evolution of Viruses Associated with Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS Bio 2015; 13 (7): e1002210.

  1. Juneja P, Osei-Poku J, Ho YS, Ariani CV, Palmer WJ, Pain A, and Jiggins FM. Assembly of the Genome of the Disease Vector Aedesaegyptionto a Genetic Linkage Map Allows Mapping of Genes Affecting Disease Transmission. PLoS NTD 2014; 8(1): e2652.

                5 Osei-Poku J, Mbogo CM, Palmer, WJ and Jiggins FM. Deep Sequencing Reveals Extensive Variation in Gut Microbiota of Wild Mosquitoes from Kenya. MolEcol2012;21(20): 5138-50.

  1. Osei-Poku J, Han C, Mbogo CM and Jiggins FM. Identification of Wolbachia in Mosquito Disease Vectors. PLoS One 2012; 7(11): e49922.
  2. Longdon B, Wilfert L, Osei-Poku J, Cagney H, Obbard DJand Jiggins FM. Host-switching by a Vertically Transmitted Rhabdovirus in Drosophila. BiolLett2011; 7(5): 747-750.

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