Alexander Kwarteng, PhD


Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, KCCR, KNUST


Professional Summary

As a Doctorate-level Research Scientist with over 15 years of experience, I have specialized in infectious and tropical diseases, undertaking numerous interdisciplinary projects to investigate host-pathogen interaction and to promote reliable public health solutions through experimentally proven strategies. With my strong research and analytical skills in immunology, microbiology and cancer biology, I have been able to tackle complex biological and cellular subjects, developing long-lasting solutions for early detection, diagnosis and treatment options for infectious and non-communicable diseases. In addition, I am a creative thinker who thrives in cross-collaborative scientific environments, having gained significant international exposure. I excel as a multi-disciplined team player, with exceptional communication skills that are enhanced by my verbal, written, and organizational abilities. My authentic, values-driven, and team-oriented leadership approach has delivered exceptional results both in academia and industry, showcasing my exceptional leadership abilities.








Molecular Biomedicine


University of Bonn



Clinical Microbiology

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science






Biological Science

and Technology, (KNUST) KNUST






Year                 Title                                                          Institution/Department

2019-2020       Post-doctoral Fellowship                          National Institute of Health (USA),

Immunology and Immunotherapy


2011-2015       Deutscher Akademischer

Austauschdienst (DAAD) Scholarship (PhD training)

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)




  • Collaborated with several international institutions leading to ground-breaking research in tropical and infectious
  • Participated in several vector control research projects in northern and southern Ghana.
  • Documented and resolved antimicrobial resistance among LF patients in rural Ghana which led to solving acute attacks
  • Obtained several research grants approximately $1 million dollars for neglected tropical disease and non-communicable disease research in
  • Collaborated on several multimillion dollars project in clinical trials on river blindness and lymphatic filariasis sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and EU-7
  • Led and completed field-based studies on antimicrobial stewardship among filarial infected individuals sponsored by EDCTP and Canadian Institute of Advanced Researchers
  • Collaborated in the first ever National TB Survey program in

Work Experiences

Senior Scientist (KCCR) 2020-present

  • Lead high profile research in infectious diseases and neglected tropical diseases to increase knowledge and provide valuable contributions to the
  • Plan and conduct immunology and microbiology-based studies
  • Provide technical expertise to implement field-based research and methodology for complex
  • Supervise technicians and
  • Write research proposals, papers, technical reports of
  • Lead epidemic preparedness (meningitis) team at
  • Represents KCCR in science forum
  • Co-led in local Surveys for instance the Breast cancer survey among Senior High Schools sponsored by Ashanti Gold


Senior Lecturer (2020-present)

  • Deliver higher-level undergraduate and graduate courses via classroom, online and hybrid methodologies to satisfy course curricula and meet student
  • Supervise junior lecturers’ course development and recommend refinements to enhance student
  • Evaluate and revise lesson plans and course content to achieve student-centred learning.
  • Use variety of learning modalities and support materials to facilitate learning process and accentuate
  • Support graduate students in obtaining doctoral degrees by advising on study plans, doctoral dissertations and career
  • Advise on department hiring actions to help build cohesive and successful lecturing team.
  • Manage undergraduate and graduate internship programs to enable participants to gain exposure to biochemistry
  • Organize symposia and skilfully managed event logistics to present engaging, informative
  • Conduct research with in-person and remote collaborators and present results in scholarly publications to further enhance
  • Coordinate department curriculum to create well-rounded program that satisfied predetermined
  • Oversee graduate student projects and advise on focus, methodology and report generation to meet pre-set
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in effective next steps for education and career
  • Create and design quizzes, tests, and projects to assess student
  • Conduct individual research projects to actively contribute to institution’s research work.
  • Serve as external examiner for other institutions in Ghana and



Lecturer (KNUST) 2016-2020

  • Used a variety of learning modalities and support materials to facilitate learning process and accentuate
  • Participated and led committee meetings to remain aware of developments in
  • Designed and distributed lecture handouts to round out material and increase student understanding.
  • Mentored undergraduate and graduate students in effective next steps for education and career
  • Created and designed quizzes, tests, and projects to assess student


Research Fellow (Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research) 2016-2020

  • Provided expertise in microbiology, immunology and haematology to help understand host pathogen interactions and led several international
  • Documented and reported test results after making graphical solutions and representations.
  • Developed case report forms and conducted field monitoring in partnership with study communities and health directorates in study
  • Drafted study briefs and presentations at national and international conferences on study


Research Assistant I&II (Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research) 2007-2011

  • Participated in filarial research in
  • Recruited study
  • Collected blood samples from study
  • Took part in treatment and clinical trials in rural Ghana led by Prof Achim Hoerauf/Prof
  1. Adjei
  • Developed laboratory
  • Performed ELISAs, patients’ recruitment, study design and sample


Research Assistant (Public Health Reference Lab, Effia Nkwanta Hospital) 2006-2007

  • Prepared samples for microscopy
  • Performed CD4 counts on HIV
  • Prepared results for patients
  • Participated in field screening for HPV, Hepatitis C,
  • Revised laboratory protocols and approved by
  • Collected samples from

 Recent Publications


Kini, P., Wireko, S., Osei-Poku, P., Asiedu, S. O., Amewu, E. K., Asiedu, E., … & Kwarteng,

  1. (2023). Antibiotic resistance and mecA characterization of Staphylococcus hominis from filarial lymphedema patients in the Ahanta West  District,  Ghana:  A  cross-sectional  study. Health Science Reports, 6(2), e1104.


Amewu, E., Adu-Asiamah, C., Baba-Adam, R. K. A., Afful, A. R., Gyau, K. B., & Kwarteng, A. (2023). Oropharyngeal carriage of potential meningitis-causing bacteria in a Ghanaian prison. Microbes and Infectious Diseases.


Agbozo, W.K., Amanor, E., Acheampong, E.O., Kotei, B., Attoh, L.N., Yeboah, D., Odonkor, P., Obiri, S., Kwarteng, A. and Larbi, A., (2023). Assessing knowledge of sickle cell disease and health beliefs on premarital genetic screening among healthcare trainees at a tertiary institution: A cross-sectional study. Health Science Reports, 6(2), p.e1128.


Alexander Kwarteng, Solomon Wireko, Samuel Opoku Asiedu, Priscilla Kini, Bill Clinton Aglomasa, Emmanuel Kobla Atsu Amewu, Ebenezer Asiedu, Kennedy Gyau Boahen, Katherine Ryan Amato, Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah (2022). Shift in the skin microbiome among individuals presenting with filarial lymphedema compared to non-filarial healthy individuals in Ghana,                        Scientific             African,             Volume            16,                        2022,                  e01237


Aglomasa, B.C., Adu-Asiamah, C.K., Asiedu, S.O…Kwarteng A. Multi-drug resistant bacteria isolates from lymphatic filariasis patients in the Ahanta West District,  Ghana. BMC  Microbiol 22, 245 (2022).


Asiedu SO, Kini P, Aglomasa BC, Amewu EK, Asiedu E, Wireko S, Boahen KG, Berbudi A, Sylverken AA, Kwarteng A. (2022). Bacterial diversity significantly reduces toward the late stages among filarial lymphedema patients in the Ahanta West District of Ghana: A cross- sectional study. Health Science Reports. 2022 Jul;5(4):e724


Sakyi, S. A., Opoku, A. S., Amoani, B., Afranie, B. O., Kwarteng, A., Ephriam, R. D., … & Sarfo, F. S. (2022). Assessing the variability and the role of inflammatory cytokines and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) in predicting stroke among hypertensives: A case-control study. Dialogues in Health, 1, 100086.


Amanor, E., Kwarteng, A., Larbi, A., Fordjour, F. A., Koranteng, K. K., Sackey, D. S., … & Osei-Akoto, A. (2022). Iron stores in steady-state sickle cell disease children accessing care at a sickle cell disease clinic in Kumasi, Ghana: A cross-sectional study. Health Science Reports, 5(6), e934




Guide to Laboratory Practical and Report Writing by Alexander Kwarteng, Augustina Sylverken and Kwabena Nsiah ISBN 978-9988-2- 9271-3

Principles and Practice of Immunology by Alexander Kwarteng (In press…)





·        Chair/Reviewing Editor, Ghana Science Association, Kumasi

·        External Examiner, Graduate School (Department of Immunology and Microbiology), UCC, Cape Coast

·        External Examiner, Graduate School, University of Development Studies, Tamale

·        External Examiner, Akrokeri College of Education, Akrokeri

·        Internal Examiner, Graduate School, KNUST, Kumasi

·        Assessor, Ghana Science Association, Kumasi Chapter, 2022

·        Assessor, 3rd KNUST Research Fund (KReF)

·        Assessor, KNUST Technology Fair, 2022

·        Coordinator for BSc. Biochemistry, KNUST (Undergraduate Programme)

·        Representative, College Outreach Programme Committee, College of Science, KNUST

·        Member, Microbial Biochemistry Laboratory Management Committee

·        Member, Research Development Desk

·        Member, Sister Departmental and Foreign Relations Committee

·        Member, Short Course Development and Implementation Committee

·        Member, New Programmes Implementation Committee

·        Member, Quality Assurance and Planning Unit, College of Science, KNUST

·        Member, Ad-hoc Disciplinary Committee, Biochemistry Dept, KNUST

·        Facilitator, Guidance and Counselling Programme for HESS-GNPC Scholars

·        Facilitator, Workshop for Lab Personnel of Catholic Hospitals, WACCBIP, Legon, Accra

·        Organiser and Faculty Host Bioinformatics Workshop at the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, KNUST

·        Facilitator, Academic Thesis Writing Graduate School, KNUST, 2017, 2018, 2022

·        Facilitator, Applied Research and Technology Fair, Koforidua Technical University, 2022

·        Facilitator, Grantsmanship, Kumasi Technical University, 2022.

·        Lead Facilitator, National Nursing and Midwifery Exams, Dadiesoaba, 2022



·      Member, CIFAR Global Scholar 2022 Program Organizer, Canada

·      Member, Board of Directors Microbiome Vault, Inc., USA

·      Member, NIH Fellows Editorial Board (FEB), USA

·      Global Scholar, CIFAR, Canada

·      Member,     Human Microbiome Project, Canada

·      Editorial Board Member, Vaccine for Tropical Diseases

·      Guest Review Editor, Neglected Tropical Diseases

·      Journal of infections and Public Health Elsevier

·      Infectious Diseases of Poverty (BioMed Central)

·      Parasites and Vectors

·      Microarrays (MDPI-Basel)

·      Cogent Biology

·      PLOS ONE

·      Journal of Biochemistry

·      Journal of Biomarkers

·      Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine


Professional Affiliation

  • Ghana Biomedical Science Convention
  • Ghana Immunology Society
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Canadian Institute     for    Advanced Research
  • German Society of Immunology
  • Immunoexcellence, Bonn, Germany
  • Beyond Science Initiative, Canada
  • KNUST Alumni
  • DAAD Alumni
  • NIH Fellows Alumni
  • EpiCore



  • Leadership skills
  • Scientific writing
  • Project management
  • Proposal Development
  • Grants application
  • Operational Research
  • Epidemic preparedness
  • Laboratory Methods
  • Participated in clinical trials (Bill Melinda Gates, SCOOT, EDCTP, CIFAR)


  • Online content delivery
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Research collaboration with industry, Governmental Agencies, Ghana Health Service
  • Curriculum Development
  • Remote communication tools (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Slac



Professor Richard Phillips (MD, PhD)

Scientific Director, Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Email:


Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo (MD, PhD)

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana