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Name               : Dr. John Kofi Odoom, PhD, MSc, BSc

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Dr. John Kofi Odoom is a Research Fellow in the Department of Virology and currently the Technical Supervisor of 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.


Research Interests

His research interests include antigenic and molecular characterisation of viruses, evolution of viruses and viral surveillance.



1. Title: Characterisation of human enteroviruses circulation in the country.

2. Title: Diversity of non-polio enteroviruses serotypes in Ghana





1.                     Evangeline O, Asmah R.H., Boamah I, Goka B,Odoom J.K. and Adiku T.K. Respiratory Syncytial Virus Genotypes Circulating in Urban Ghana; February to November 2006. The Pan African Med. 2014; 19:128 doi:10.11604/pamj.2014.19.128.4749.


2.                     Tettey P, Badoe E, Adiku T, Obodai E and Odoom J.K.Human enteroviruses are not the cause of neurological impairment in the children at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.The Pan African Med J. 19, 232, 21-July-2014


3.                     Attoh J, Obodai E, Adiku T, Odoom J.K. Prevalence of human enteroviruses among apparently healthy nursery school children in Accra.Pan African Medical Journal 18, 66, 19-May-2014.


4.                     Odoom J.K., Ntim N.A., Sarkodie B, Addo J, Minta-Asare K, Obodai E, Eshun M, Ahove V.V., Diamenu S, Adjabeng M, Arthur-Quarm J, Barnor J.S.Evaluation of AFP surveillance indicators in polio-free Ghana, 2009-2013.BMC Public Health. 2014 Jul 5;14(1):687.


5.                     Barnor J, Yamamoto N, Brandful J,Ampofo W, Bonney K, Bonney E, Odoom J.K., Aidoo S, Alale M, Ntim N.A., Amoah Y.O., Ofori S.B, Ndzinu J, Addo N.A., Nyarko A, Ido E, Ishikawa K and Yamaoka S. Establishment of in-house quantitative real-time RT-PCR assay for HIV-1 viral load measurement and its application to evaluate efficacy of ART in Ghanaian patients in an urban setting. J AIDS Clinic Res 2014, 5:5.


6.                     Bonney J.H.K., Kronmann K.C., Lindan C.P., Asante I.A., Parbie P, Aboagye J, Amankwah J, Odoom J.K., Adjabeng M, Nzussouo N.T., Ahadzie L, Barthel R.V., Cornelius C, Amofah G, Oyofo B, Ampofo W.K. Virological Surveillance of Influenza-Like Illness among Children in Ghana, 2008-2010. J. Infec Dis 2012:206 (S1):S108–13


7.                     Odoom J.K., Bel-Nono S, Rodgers D, Agbenohevi P.G., Dafeamekpor C.K., Sowa R.M.L.,  Danso F, Tettey R, Suu-Ire R, Bonney J.H.K., Asante I.A., Aboagye J, Abana C.Z-Y, Frimpong J.A., Kronmann K.C., Oyofo B.A., Ampofo W.K.Troop education and avian influenza surveillance in military barracks. BMC Public Health 2012, 12:957.


8.                     Opare J, Ohuabunwo C, Afari E, Wurapa F, Sackey S, Bonsu G, Agongo E, Yevugah J, Odoom J.K. and Anderson A. Progress towards eradication of poliomyelitis in Ghana: A review of the Eastern Region of Ghana from 1997 to 2010. J Public Health and Epidemiol. 2012; 4(7):197-204.

9.                     Odoom J.K., Forrest L, Dunn G, Osei-Kwasi M, Obodai E, Arthur-Quarm J, Barnor J.S.,  Minor P.D. and Martin J. Interruption of poliovirus transmission in Ghana: molecular epidemiology of wild-type 1 poliovirus isolated from 1995-2008. J. Infec. Dis. 2012 Oct; 206 (7):1111-20


10.                 Odoom J.K., Obodai E, Barnor J.S., Ashun M, Arthur-Quarm J, Osei-Kwasi M. Human Enteroviruses isolated during acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Ghana: implications for the post eradication era. The Pan African Med J 2012;12:74.


11.                 McWilliam Leitch E.C., Cabrerizo M, Cardosa J, Harvala H, Ivanova O.E., Kroes A.C., Lukashev A, Muir P, Odoom JK, Roivainen M, Susi P, Trallero G, Evans D.J., Simmonds P.Evolutionay dynamics and temporal / geographical correlates of recombination in the human enterovirus echo types 9, 11 and 30.J Virol. 2010 Sep;84(18):9292-300.


12.                 Sule W.F., Oyodele O.I., Osei-Kwasi M, Odoom J.K., Adu F.D. Plaque and growth characteristics of different polioviruses isolated from acute flaccid paralysis in Northern Nigeria. East Afr Med J. 2008 Mar; 85(3):137-41.


13.                 Odoom J.K., Yunus Z, Dunn G, Minor P.D. and J, Martin. 2008. Changes in population dynamics during long-term evolution of Sabin type 1 poliovirus in an immunodeficient patient. J Virol. 82:9179-9190.


14.                 Martín J.,Odoom J.K., Tuite G., Dunn G., Hopewell N., Cooper G, Fitzharris C, Butler K, Hall W.W. and Minor P.D. 2004. Long-term excretion of vaccine-derived poliovirus by a healthy child. J. Virol. 78:13839-13847.


15.                 Osei-Kwasi M., Dunyo, S.K., Odoom, J.K.., Koram, K.A., Nkrumah, F.K. Antibody Response to yellow Fever Vaccination (D17) in 6 Month old infants in Ghana. Bull World Health Organ. 2001:79(11):1056-9.

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