Alexander Yaw Debrah

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Alexander Yaw Debrah is a Ghanaian of 42 years of age. He started his basic education in 1982 in Ghana and completed senior high school in 1993. In 1993–1998, he obtained his B.S. degree (with honors) in biological sciences with upper class at Kwame Nkrumah University of Sciences and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. In 2000–2002, he obtained his M.Phil degree in clinical microbiology from the School of Medical Sciences of KNUST. However, part of the laboratory work (molecular biology) for his M.Phil degree, which could not be done at the time at KNUST, was done in Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNI) in Hamburg, Germany, with sponsorship from the European Union Commission. In 2003, Debrah won the German Academic Exchange Service (D.A.A.D.) sandwich scholarship to do his Ph.D. studies in Ghana and University of Bonn in Germany. He completed all the laboratory work successfully in Germany and returned to Ghana in 2006 to write up his thesis for submission. He successfully defended the thesis with grade A (excellent in both oral and written examination). He is currently a parasitology Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences at KNUST, teaching medical parasitology at both the School of Medical Sciences and Faculty of Allied Health Sciences (Nursing and Medical Lab Tech students). Debrah is also actively involved in a number of researches at Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Kumasi, Ghana, and has a number of publications. The genetics of filariasis is one of the cornerstones of his research work, the second being the molecular basis of symbiosis between filarial worms and their Wolbachia endobacteria. In addition, he is doing research on other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as schistosomiasis, intestinal protozoans, and helminthes.

Biography Updated on 25 December 2011

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