Kwabena O. Duedu PhD, AFHEA, MRSB

Group Leader

Dr. Duedu is a Molecular Microbiologist and Synthetic Biologist. He trained as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the University of Ghana and furthered his education at the PhD level at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His interests are Microbiomics (Gut microbiomes and their translation), Disease Genomics and Biomarkers, Antimicrobial Resistance and Biotechnology. He has worked on several projects ranging from epidemiology to engineering of bacteria for bioprocessing. His current research is focused on understanding the role of microbial communities in the spread and evolution of antibiotic resistance, disease pathogenesis and polymer degradation. He is also building capacity and applying functional metagenomics approaches to investigate genes and pathways involved in various processes.

Emmanuel Alote Allotey MPhil, FWACMLS

PhD Student

Emmanuel is currently undertaking his PhD research on determining the role of the microbiome and inflammation in vaso-occlusive crisis in our lab. He is enrolled at the West Africa Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of Ghana. He is a haematologist and an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho. He was a Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Tamale Teaching Hospital Laboratory and a part-time Lecturer at the School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale. He is interested in haemolytic anaemias but with particular interest in the haemoglobinopathies.

Daniel Mensah, MPhil, RD

PhD Student

Daniel is a Registered Dietitian, past president of the Ghana Dietetic Association and currently a PhD student undertaking his research aimed at investigating the role of probiotic and prebiotic rich diet on the gut microbiome & clinical outcomes in newly diagnosed HIV-1 infected Ghanaian adults. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is a chronic illness characterized by progressive CD4+ T-cell loss, immune cell dysfunction and subsequent immunodeficiency and intestinal disorder, with attendant clinical manifestations. Through his research, he hopes to improve upon HIV management by modulating the microbiome using diet.

John Gameli Deku, MPhil

PhD Student

John is a Clinical Microbiologist and an Assistant Lecturer at UHAS. He research in the lab is on molecular characterisation of virulence and antibiotic determinants in clinical Escherichia coli isolates. He worked for over ten (10) years as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in various health facilities in the Ghana Health Service. He served as one of the Western Regional Coordinators of the Dried Tube Specimen Proficiency Testing for HIV. Through this research he hope to gain better understanding of what makes some E. coli strains responsible for disease. He also hopes to throw light on the level of antibiotic resistance among clinical E. coli and guide how infections with those are managed properly. John is a member of Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists and University Teachers Association of Ghana.

Priscilla Efua Essandoh, MPhil

Principal Research Assistant

Priscilla’s work is to support various research activities in the lab as well as supervision and guidance of undergraduate project students. She works on cloning, expression and purification of enzymes for molecular biology applications. She is also involved in isolation and characterisation of antibiotic resistance from E. coli, Klebsiella spp., Pseudomonas spp., Salmonella spp. and Shigella spp. from environment, animal and humans.

Emmanuel Nattah, HND

Research Assistant

Emmanuel supports various research activities in the lab as well as supervision and guidance of undergraduate project students. He is involved in isolation and characterisation of antibiotic resistance from E. coli, Klebsiella spp., Pseudomonas spp., Salmonella spp. and Shigella spp. from environment, animal and humans.