Center Title and Acronym: West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP)
Host University and Country: University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
Center Website Address: www.waccbip.org
Center Director and email address: Prof. Gordon Awandare (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Primary Thematic Discipline of Center: Cell and Molecular Biology of Infectious Pathogens
Brief Description of Center: The West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) was established in 2014 as one of the World Bank’s African Centres of Excellence (ACE).The Centre is led by faculty from the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB) and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana. As the designated Centre of Excellence for Cell Biology, WACCBIP’s mandate includes providing Masters, PhD, and targeted short-courses in Cell & Molecular Biology, conduct applied research into biology and pathogenesis of tropical diseases, and increase research output and innovation by enhancing collaboration among biomedical scientists and industry/private sector leaders in the sub-region. The mission of the Centre is to improve diagnosis, prevention and control of infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa by providing advanced level training and research excellence on the cell and molecular biology of infectious pathogens.
Key Objectives and Expected Outcomes:
- Train high level health professionals and biomedical scientists on cell and molecular biology of infectious pathogens through MPhil, PhD and Post-doctoral programmes.
- Serve as a core facility with state-of-the art biomedical laboratories to support infectious diseases research in the sub-region.
- Establish a Biomedical High Performance Computing Unit to provide cluster computing services to promote teaching, research, and dissemination of information among health professionals and academics in the sub-region.
- Increase research output and innovation by serving as a focal point for enhancing collaboration among biomedical scientists and biotechnology companies in the sub-region
Major Accomplishments to Date: WACCBIP has leverage the ACE funding to secure an additional 7.8M USD from the Wellcome Trust’s Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa Initiative, to strengthen its research, expand its regional network beyond West Africa, train postdoctoral fellows and provide additional PhD fellowships. As part of the ACE project, the Centre designed specialized training programmes in Molecular Cell Biology of Infectious Diseases (MCBI) at the MPhil and PhD levels which were accredited in 2014 by the Ghana National Accreditation Board and received International Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology, UK in November 2016. These programmes are the first in Africa to receive such endorsement from the Royal Society. Since 2014, the Centre has recruited 89 Masters students, 50 PhD students, 11 Postdoctoral fellows, and 30 Graduate Interns. WACCBIP has strengthened its research facilities by investing over $3,000,000.00 to procure lab equipment such as a Flow cytometer, Confocal Microscope, Gel imager, Biosafety cabinets, Centrifuges as well as High Performance Computing unit, furniture, and vehicles. To further improve teaching and learning environment at the Centre, a building annex is being constructed to provide additional seminar rooms, lecture rooms, offices, a Bioinformatics lab, a student resource center, and a cold room.
Primary Regional and Global Partners: Regional collaborators include Center Suisse de Recherche Scientifique, Cote d’Ivoire, Medical Research Council (MRC) unit, the Gambia, Malaria Research and Training Center, Mali, Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme, Burkina Faso, Centre MURAZ Research Institute, Burkina Faso, Institute of Child Health, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya, and University of Cape Town, South Africa. Major international partners include the American Society for Cell Biology, University of Pittsburgh, USA, University of New Mexico, USA, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, University of Oxford, UK, University of Cambridge, UK, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK, MalariaGEN Consortium, UK and University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
|Senior Faculty||Email Address||Research Area|
|Prof. Gordon A. Awandareemail@example.com||Malaria parasite biology, immunology and pathogenesis|
|Prof. Kwadwo Koram||KKoram@noguchi.ug.edu.gh||Epidemiology of infectious diseases|
|Dr. Patrick K. Arthurfirstname.lastname@example.org||Chemical biology and proteomics in infectious diseases|
|Dr. Osbourne Quaye||OQuaye@ug.edu.gh||Molecular virology|
|Dr. Lydia Mosi||LMosi@ug.edu.gh||Microbiology, molecular biology, Mycobacterium ulcerans research|
|Dr. Theresa Manful Gwira||TManful@ug.edu.gh||Trypanosomes and Leishmania, molecular biology, bioinformatics|
|Prof. Laud Okineemail@example.com||Natural products, toxicology|
|Dr. Augustine Ocloo||AOcloo@ug.edu.gh||Bioenergetics, protein chemistry|
|Dr. Jonathan Adjimanifirstname.lastname@example.org||Nutritional biochemistry|
|Dr. Samuel Duoduemail@example.com||Environmental microbiology|
|Dr. Winfred Peck-Dorlekufirstname.lastname@example.org||Plant biochemistry|
|Rev. Dr. W. S. K. Gbewonyoemail@example.com||Natural products|
|Prof. Neils Ben Quashie||Molecular epidemiology of parasitic disease, parasite genetics, parasite biochemistry, pharmacology of anti-parasitic drugs||NQuashie@noguchi.ug.edu.gh|
|Dr. Kwadwo Asamoah Kusifirstname.lastname@example.org||Antibody and T cell immunology|
|Prof. Michael David Wilson||MWilson@noguchi.ug.edu.gh||Molecular biology, genetics and population biology|
|Dr. Anita Ghansah||AGhansah@noguchi.ug.edu.gh||Genetic epidemiology, malaria parasitology|
|Prof. Dorothy Yeboah-Manu||DYeboah-Manu@noguchi.ug.edu.gh||Microbiology|
|Prof. Daniel A. Boakye||DBoakye@noguchi.ug.edu.gh||NTDs, diagnostics, vector biology and control, molecular biology, integrated vector management|
|Dr. Linda Eva Amoahemail@example.com||Antimalarial drug resistance, recombinant DNA technology, malaria transmission biology|
|Dr. Michael Fokuo Ofori||MOfori@noguchi.ug.edu.gh||Immunology, infectious diseases, malaria, pregnancy associated malaria, vaccine development|
|Prof. Ben Gyan||BGyan@noguchi.ug.edu.gh||Vaccine immunology, host-pathogen interaction, malaria pathogenesis|
|Dr. Nancy Quashie||NDuah@noguchi.ug.edu.gh||Parasitology, immunology and molecular biology|
|Prof. William Ampofo||WAmpofo@noguchi.ug.edu.gh||Surveillance of viral infections|
|Dr. Evelyn Bonneyfirstname.lastname@example.org||HIV drug resistance|
|Prof. George Armah||GArmah1@noguchi.ug.edu.gh||Rotavirus and gastroenteritis|