Department of Medical Diagnostics, UPO PMB KNUST-Kumasi Digital Address: AE 0457 1133

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Dr. Ernest Adankwah, PhD


Dr. Ernest Adankwah is a research scientist and lecturer at the Department of Medical Diagnostics, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, KNUST-Kumasi, Ghana. He has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (KNUST-Kumasi, 2009) and a PhD in Immunopathology (Henrich Heine Universität-Düsseldorf, 2020). He is a trained biomedical scientist with extensive experience in laboratory-based research and clinical practice. He has collaborated extensively with international and local researchers in several translational studies. His competence is in the use of both immunological (i.e., multi-colour flow cytometry, ELISA, CBA, immunofluorescence, in vitro assays, cell cultures, immunohistochemistry & phosphorylation assays) and molecular (i.e., Real-time PCR, Fluorescence in situ Hybridisation (FISH), western blot, Lentiviral transduction systems & o gene expression assays) tools in the discovery of novel biomarkers in infectious diseases and cancers. He is currently involved in a translational study to identify novel biomarkers and develop improved diagnostics for Mycobacterium (M.) tuberculosis infection detection in Ghana. Dr. Adankwah acts as a review editor for Frontiers in Immunology Journal and has published in notable peer-review journals.

List of most recent publications 

  1. Vivekanandan MM, Adankwah E, Aniagyei W, Acheampong I, Yeboah A, Arthur JF, Lamptey MN, Abass MK, Gawusu A, Kumbel F, Osei-Yeboah F. Plasma cytokine levels characterize disease pathogenesis and treatment response in tuberculosis patients. Infection. 2022 Jun 27 IF:3.6
  2. Harelimana JD, Ahor HS, Benner B, Hellmuth S, Adankwah E, Minadzi D, Aniagyei W, Lamptey MNK, Arthur J, Yeboah A, Abass MK, Debrah LB, Owusu DO, Mayatepek E, Seyfarth J, Phillips RO, Jacobsen M. Cytokine-induced transient monocyte IL-7Ra expression and the serum milieu in tuberculosis. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY. 2022 Mar 13. IF: 4.9
  3. Adankwah E, Seyfarth J, Phillips R, Jacobsen M. Aberrant cytokine milieu and signaling affect immune cell phenotypes and functions in tuberculosis pathology: What can we learn from this phenomenon for application to inflammatory syndromes? CELLULAR & MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY 2021 May 25:1-3. IF: 8.5
  4. Adankwah E, Harelimana JD, Minadzi D, Aniagyei W, Abass MK, Batsa Debrah L, Owusu DO, Mayatepek E, Phillips RO, Jacobsen M. Lower IL-7 Receptor Expression of Monocytes Impairs Antimycobacterial Effector Functions in Patients with Tuberculosis. JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY 2021 May 15;206(10):2430-2440. IF: 4.9
  5. Adankwah E, Arthur RA, Minadzi D, Owusu DO, Phillips RO, Jacobsen M. Immune response against tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease in patients from Ghana. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TUBERCULOSIS AND LUNG DISEASES, 2021 Mar 1;25(3):234-236. IF: 1.9
  6. Adankwah E, Nausch N, Minadzi D, Abass MK, Franken KLMC, Ottenhoff THM, Mayatepek E, Phillips RO, Jacobsen M. Interleukin-6 and Mycobacterium tuberculosis dormancy antigens improve diagnosis of tuberculosis. JOURNAL OF INFECTION. 2021 Feb;82(2):245-252. IF: 4.8
  7. Güler A, Lopez Venegas M, Adankwah E, Mayatepek E, Nausch N, Jacobsen M. Suppressor of cytokine signalling 3 is crucial for interleukin-7 receptor re-expression after T-cell activation and interleukin-7 dependent proliferation. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY 2020 Feb;50(2):234-244. IF: 4.9
  8. Adankwah E, Güler A, Mayatepek E, Phillips RO, Nausch N, Jacobsen M. CD27 expression of T-cells discriminates IGRA-negative TB patients from healthy contacts in Ghana. MICROBES & INFECTION. 2020 Jan-Feb;22(1):65-68. IF: 2.7
  9. Adankwah E, Lundtoft C, Güler A, Franken KLMC, Ottenhoff THM, Mayatepek E, Owusu-Dabo E, Phillips RO, Nausch N, Jacobsen M. Two-Hit in vitro T-Cell Stimulation Detects Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in QuantiFERON Negative Tuberculosis Patients and Healthy Contacts From Ghana. FRONTIERS IN IMMUNOLOGY. 2019 Jul 3;10:1518. IF: 5.5
  10. Harling K, Adankwah E, Güler A, Afum-Adjei Awuah A, Adu-Amoah L, Mayatepek E, Owusu-Dabo E, Nausch N, Jacobsen M. Constitutive STAT3 phosphorylation and IL-6/IL-10 co-expression characterize impaired T-cell functions in tuberculosis patients. CELLULAR & MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY. 2019 Mar;16(3):275-287. IF: 8.5