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Laboratory for Infectious & Tropical Diseases

Welcome to Laboratory for Infectious & Tropical Diseases

We study malaria parasites. Malaria continues to impair childhood wellbeing and economic development throughout Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is a leading global cause of childhood morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa including Ghana. We currently lack effective malaria vaccines for malaria control and alternative molecules as drugs, and our knowledge of the biology and immunology of the transmission stages of these important parasites is limited, which is the current focus of our research programme.

We have established field sites for malaria research in the Volta Region and have developed modern molecular and immunological approaches to understand fundamental Plasmodium falciparum parasite biology while it is in the human and mosquito hosts, the response of the hosts to this infection and the mechanisms by which host immunity and parasites interact. We work collaboratively with national and international scientists in academia, industry, health delivery and policy to advance our research and findings, and the development of interventions in the form of drugs and vaccines for malaria.

The lab is in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho. We are part of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens at the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. The Lab is also a Fellowship Training Site for the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Consortium for Fogarty Global Health Fellows.