Vector Biology Research group
Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine
Institution and location
Field of study
Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana
School of Medical Science, Dept. of Clinical Microbiology, KNUST, Kumai Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
(Vector biology & parasites)
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), College of Health Science, University of Ghana, Accra Ghana
An. gambiae salivary peptides: tools for malaria transmission.
Marine Biological Laboratories, Woods Hole MA, USA
Molecular parasitology Biology of Parasitism
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
Infectious Disease Modelling and its Applications
Mobile (+233) 265012563
I bring on board over 12 years of consistent research and teaching experience in transmission dynamics and diagnostics of vector-borne infectious disease epidemiology. My current research focuses on identifying biomarkers with dual functionalities in tracking transmission intensity and accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases at the community/household/individual levels. The goal is to develop robust tools to identify hot spots to transform surveillance into a core intervention to support elimination programmes. I lead the vector-borne infectious disease research group (www.vectorgenes.com) supported by the EU-EDCTP2 Career Development Fellowship and other funding agencies such as the NIH, DFG and AREF.
2020 to Date Senior Lecturer/PI; Dept. of Theoretical & Applied Biology, KNUST
2018 to date: Snr. Research Fellow, Vector Biology Group, KCCR/ KNUST
2016 – 2020 Lecturer/Research scientist, Dept. of Theoretical & Applied Biology, KNUST
2013- 2016 Lecturer, Garden City University College, Kumasi
2012- 2016 Postdoctoraal Fellow Dept. of Immunology, NMIMR, University of Ghana.
2008- 2012 Visiting Scientist (Ph. D candidate), KEMRI – CGHR, Kisumu, Kenya
2007- 2008 Lecturer: Garden City University College, Kenyase, Kumasi
2006- 2007 Jnr. Research Fellow (Entomology) KCCR/KNUST
2002- 2006 Research Assistant (Entomology) KCCR/SMS/KNUST
Member: Entomological Society of Ghana
Member: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Member: Ghana Science Association
Member: Africa Researchers network for Neglected Tropical Diseases
2020: Africa Research Excellence Leadership (AREF) Fellowship
2019: Best senior member (Grants) Excellence Awards, College of Science, KNUST
2017: Fellow: Young Affiliate – African Academy of Science
2017: Fellow: African-German Network of Excellence in Science
2016: Scholarship: Biology of Parasitism, MBL, Woods Hole, MA, USA
2015: Fellow: African Research Excellence Fund (AREF_Research development), MRF, UK
Teaching and supervision
I teach postgraduate (Masters and PhD.) courses including Medical Entomology (OEHS 577 Vectors and infectious diseases), Research Ethics and Ethics in Microbiology.
I also teach undergraduates (average class size of 300) Biol 151/152 Cell Structure and Function
Biol. 466 final year under graduate class (Genetically modified organisms) as part of special topics in Biology.
I mentor and inspire these students: I have mentored close to 500 students who were assigned to me as Academic mentees.
No. of Students
International conferences attended
Vector-borne NTDs: Based on my interest in vector-borne and Neglected Tropical disease, I have investigated the basic biology of vectors (insects transmitting diseases), the transmission potential and dynamics, the pathogens they transmit as well as coinfections and possible control of these diseases. This ranges from onchocerciasis, trypanosomiasis, cutaneous leishmaniasis and malaria. It is intriguing to identify that, illegal surface mining near rivers, which contaminates the river also prevents the aquatic stages of black flies and thus halt transmission of onchocerciasis.
Sero-surveillance: I have investigated malaria transmission dynamics across different transmission intensity cline in the western Kenyan highlands and Ghana, where I have significantly contributed to knowledge in heterogeneous malaria exposure: That Heterogeneity in the risk of exposure is present at all levels of endemicity; becoming very significant at the community levels. Measurement of malaria transmission intensity will benefit from some innovation due to the operationally laborious, high cost and increasing inaccuracies and sometimes unethical nature of using human landing catches approaches for the measurement of EIR. My research has made significant contribution in validating sero-surveillance approaches and has provided critical evidence that Serological tools based on human antibody responses to PfMSP119, PfCSP and Anopheles gambiae salivary gland protein (gSG6) are a credible alternative.
Emerging infectious Diseases: With the emergence of viral zoonotic infections of pandemic proportions, I have significantly contributed to the review of varying literature to promote understanding, preparedness and response to support public health resilience in Africa. These include fundamental understanding in viral nature, shedding and transmission dynamics, WHO guidelines and testing capacities contact tracing and underestimation of Monkeypox virus cases
Malaria diagnostics : Accurate malaria diagnosis is crucial as it warrants prompt treatment and prevent, presumbptive treatment. This will eventually will slow drug resistance Rapid Test Kits based on Histidine Rich Protein 2/3 come in very handy but presents issus of false negatives due to the hrp2 gene deletions .. I have collaborated with scientist in the USA and Burundi to develop molecular assays for the monitoring of hrp2 deletions as well as develop alternative testing for malaria based on mass spectrometer technology.
2019 – 2024: Sub-Award USD $1,340,000.00 NIH R01Ai143809- 6007100 Grant Malaria Management through an On – Demand Diagnostic Approach using Novel Ionic Probes (Co-I)
2018 -2022: EUR €144,500.00 EDCTP TMA2016CDF-1605 Fellowship PSOP24-377: An infectious bite marker for sensitive malaria detection. Role: Principal Investigator
2018-2018: DFG African German Research co-operation in infectiology (Grant Number DFG KE 428/13-1) Partners: Sørge Kelm, UB, Bremen, Germany (coordinator) Role: (Co -investigator) Funding: Total grant: 742.165 Euro, Dr. Badu: 155.235Euro
01/04/2016: €10,000.00 TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme for scientists from sub-Saharan Africa Ref.:3240285656 Fellowship DNA barcoding and vector incrimination of sandfly species implicated in leishmaniasis outbreak in Ghana.
2015 – 2017: £23,000.00 Africa Research Excellence Fund MRF-157-0007-F-BADU Fellowship Developing Biomarker(s) of Infectious Anopheles Bite with a Potential for Blocking Malaria Transmission
01/01/2014 – 2015 University of Ghana Research Development Fund (URF/6/ILG-018/2012-2 ) (Ghana cedis 25,000.00) PF11_0394: A dual immuno – epidemiological biomarker of vector exposure and malaria risk Utilizing malaria protein expressed in salivary gland to identify individuals recently exposed to malaria
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About 60 publications up to date