LänderGhana, Deutschland, Kenya, Sudan
Accra, Somanya, Koforidua, Kumasi, Tamale
Nairobi, Thika, Kitengela
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Hardworking, organised, meticulous and brilliant PhD student with rich experience in working with the zoonotic dog tape worm. Having undertaken my studies and research from agriculture science to main stream biology and having seen the challenges affecting the livestock industry in spite of its great contributions, I am keen to pursue a career in animal science (animal health) to comprehensively study the parasitic health challenges to the sector in the one-health-approach. Active career in this sector in poorly understudied regions like Ghana will contribute immensely to the appreciation of the diversity and multiplicity of the challenges and enhance strategic planning to tackle them.
Animal health (parasites - helminths)
Jogging, reading of fiction novels and watching of detective movies.
1. Teaching skills developed during my one-year assistant lectureship at the UDS, using innovative and captivating approach to convey conceptual ideas and principles to students understanding in the courses, introduction to biotechnology, and agricultural by-product utilizations. Achieved high level of cooperation and interest from my students, gave positive feedback and excelled.
2. Molecular techniques including DNA extraction, DNA amplification using PCR and nested PCR, RLFP, primer design and optimization, handling of DNA sequences and interpretation of molecular results. Developed and used these skills to the success of my PhD and MSc. Experienced with maintaining high safety standards and worked in Biosafety level 2 & 3 labs.
3. Experienced in using and interpreting some population genetics tools including haplotype diversity, nucleotide diversity, neutrality indices (Tajima’s D and Fu’s Fs), AMOVA, Fst among others. Used these tools in my PhD research in successfully distinguishing and revealing degrees of genetic differentiation between 13 E. ortleppi and E. canadensis G6/7 sub-populations from Africa, southern America to Europe.
4. Bioinformatics tools usage in handling DNA sequences. Experience in interpreting DNA sequences, translation, amino acid sequences and inferring genealogical relationship from DNA sequences through haplotype networks and phylogenetic trees. I have submitted over 100 high quality DNA sequences with their corresponding amino acid sequences to the GenBank database. Skill in annotation of DNA sequences for GenBank submission and well vested in the use of the following molecular biology and bioinformatics softwares; GENtle, DnaSP, MEGA, Arlequin and TCS.
1. Good intercultural and interpersonal relation: developed through international travel and studies/research in different countries (Kenya, Sudan, Germany) where I challenged myself to adapt quickly and integrate into local cultures. Overcame the western/eastern Africa cultural difference to succeed at my MSc. studies and research, and African/European difference to successfully make my PhD and made some wonderful friends.
2. Team player and networking abilities: through my PhD and MSc. theses research exercises in a consortium with diverse participants and personalities, successfully integrated and networked with participants and collaborators for samples. Successfully solicited for collaborative samples outside my research consortium from Eastern Europe. Leading and motivating my Bachelor students to embrace challenges and think outside the box.
3. Planning skills and ability to prioritize tasks and solve challenges: able to reason through complex processes, map out linking chains in a system and prioritize while keeping focus and ensuring that all stages and systems are adequately planned and provided for good results. Acquired these skills during postgraduate studies and used them to achieve massive outcome in research and private life.
4. Good time management: Used and perfected the act of time management in designing research, carrying out experiments and writing journal articles, attending conferences and also putting my who research together into a dissertation for my PhD. Fulfilled all timeline obligations and satisfied my scholarships, employer and authorities at all levels.
5. Attitude of paying unrelenting attention to pertinent details: developed through my experience in the laboratory particularly in molecular research where smaller quantities and units matter most, and in scientific writing for excellence.
5. Public speaking: able to communicate complex data effectively to diverse audience for adequate comprehension. Skill developed and used during graduate and postgraduate studies, at local and international conferences and during my working as a lecturer.
6. Technical writing: Constantly challenging myself to perfection of this skills that I developed over the years through scientific writings made for several scientific publications in reputable peer review journals and in project report writing.
English (Very good). Had all my education from primary to PhD in the
English language. I am able to speak fluently and write effectively with it.
German (Fairly good). Had six-months German language training and made it to the B2.1 level. I could express myself in German fairly well and hold causal pleasantry chats.
Dangme (Mother tongue).
Twi (Good). Understood very well and could express myself fairly well to be understood
Ga (Fairly good). Understood very well but with limited confidence in expression
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATION
1. University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, PhD (ongoing), 10.2014 – present. Researching the molecular epidemiology of cystic echinococcosis – specific focus on microdiversity and population genetics of Echinococcus ortleppi and E. canadensis G6/7 from 7 African countries, 5 European countries and Brazil.
2. Euroleague for Life Sciences Summer School at University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany - 13.07 – 31.07.2015. Theme: Pathogens, Parasites and their Hosts; Ecology, Molecular interactions and Evolution of Animals, Plants and their Antagonists.
3. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya – MSc. Biotechnology, 2010 - 2012. Courses include, molecular biotechnology, biopolicy biosafety bioethics, animal biotechnology and genetic engineering, genetic transformation of plants, plant micropropagation, microbial biotechnology, bacterial genetics and molecular biology, bioinformatics, research methodology, seminars and report writing.
4. University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, Ghana - BSc. Agriculture Technology (1st Class Honours), 2005 - 2009. Key courses include, agricultural zoology, anatomy and physiology of farm animals, arable crop production, agriculture machinery, principles of horticulture, animal disease and health, dairy cattle production, animal products and handling, grassland pasture and range management, population genetics and animal breeding, ruminant and non-ruminant nutrition, agri-business management and finance.
5. Presbyterian Senior High School, Mampong–Akuapem, Ghana - Senior Secondary School Certificate (Agricultural Science), 2001 - 2004. Courses, chemistry (B), general agriculture (B), crop husbandry and horticulture (B), English language (D), social studies (B), integrated science (B) and mathematics (A).
1. University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, Ghana – Assistant Lecturer, 05.2013 – 08.2014 (on study leave without pay). Taught two courses: introduction to biotechnology and Agriculture by-products utilization. Supervised four Bachelors theses.
2. Ghana National Service Scheme posting – Faculty of Agriculture, UDS, Tamale, Ghana – Service Person (Teaching Assistant), 10.2009 – 09.2010. Provided teaching assistantship and organisation of resource materials for teaching and learning, supervision of practical sessions and research assistantship. Invigilation of examinations and marking of examination scripts.
3. Family farming – Vacation farming experience, 2005 – 2009. Farmed during vacations to provide financial support for my university education. Cultivated maize, garden eggs, tomato, okro, cassava, yam, cocoyam and raised sheep.
4. Ghana Education Service posting – Osuboi Anglican Primary School, Yilo – Krobo District – Pupil Teacher, 03.2005 – 10.2005. Taught and modelled primary two pupils within the ages 6 – 8 years – mathematics, English language, reading, writing, environmental science, culture and arts.
PUBLICATIONS (PEER REVIEWED)
1. Organochlorine pesticide residual levels in fruit juice produced in Accra, Ghana (2015). Elixir Food Sci. 82 (2015) 32716-32719
2. Liner body measurements as predictors of live weight of the Large White pig in Northern Ghana (2013). Ghana journal of animal science 7(2): 99-105
3. Prevalence and diversity of cystic echinococcosis in livestock in Maasailand, Kenya (2012). Parasitol Res (2012) 111:2289-2294. DOI 10.1007/s00436-012-3082-8
4. Effects of whole cotton seed supplementation on carcass and meat qualities of the djallonke sheep raised on station (2011). Online J. Anim. Feed Res., 1(2): 47-51
1. Population structure of Echinococcus canadensis G6/7 (2016). In the book of Abstracts of the 27th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Parasitology. At Goettingen, Germany.
2. Genetic structure of Echinococcus canadensis and E. ortleppi in sub-Saharan Africa (2015). In the book of Abstracts of the 26th world congress on echinococcosis. At Bucharest, Romania.
3. Prevalence of cystic echinococcosis in Kenya (2012). In the book of Abstracts of the 12th Annual Technical Meeting of the African Medical and Research Foundation. At AMREF International Training Centre, Nairobi.
4. Genetic diversity of cystic echinococcosis in Maasailand, Kenya (2012). In the Book of Abstracts of the 25th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Parasitology. At Neue Universität Heidelberg, Hörsaalgebäude, Germany.
5. Standards of Meat Handling and Butchering in the Sissala East and West Districts (2010). In the Book of Abstracts of the 30th Conference of Ghana Association of Animal Science. At CSIR-ARI, Accra.
6. Effect of Season on Carcass Yield and Characteristics of the Local Beef Cattle Breeds (2010). In the Book of Abstracts of the 30th Conference of Ghana Association of Animal Science. At CSIR-ARI, Accra.
7. Effect of Delayed Bleeding and Dressing on Eating Quality of Domestic Grasscutter (2010). In the Book of Abstracts of the 30th Conference of Ghana Association of Animal Science. At CSIR-ARI, Accra.
8. Use of some Linear Body Measurements as Predictors of Live Weight of the Large White Pig in Northern Ghana (2009). In the Proceedings of the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the Ghana Society of Animal Production. At KNUST, Kumasi.
1. German society for parasitology (DGP), 27th annual meeting at University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany, 03.09 – 12.2016.
2. DAAD Alumni Network sub-Saharan Africa (ANSA), annual conference at Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, Germany, 10.16 – 18.2015.
3. International association of echinococcosis, 26th world congress on echinococcosis at Phoenicia grand hotel, Bucharest, Romania, 10.1 – 3.2015.
4. African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), 12th annual technical meeting at AMREF headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya, 11.09.2012.
5. Kenya Methodist University (KeMU), research Conference at KeMU, Meru, Kenya, 04.25 –27.2012.
6. German society for parasitology (DGP), 25th annual general meeting at New University of Heidelberg, Germany, 03.14 – 17.2012.
7. Ghana animal science association (GASA), 30th conference at CSIR – animal research institute, Accra, Ghana, 08.26 – 28.2010.
8. Ghana society of animal production (GSAP), 16th biennial conference at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, 08.07 – 08.2009.
1. Data works Ghana limited and UDS alumni at UDS Nyankpala Campus, 03.5 – 7.2010. I learnt practical skills of designing scientific research, data management and analysis.
2. German development corporation (GTZ), UDS, ministry of food and agriculture (MoFA) at UDS Nyankpala Campus, 04.30.2010 and 02.12.2009. I learned the importance of Value Chain Approach in Agriculture.
1. Animal science students’ association (ASSA), UDS, outreached to farmers in the Mbanaayili community, Tolon – Kumbugu district, 02.26.2009. Sensitized rural farmers on applicable modern ways of keeping livestock.
2. Ghana association of agricultural students (GAAS), UDS, outreached to farmers in the Botanga, community, Tolon – Kumbugu district, 02.09.2009. Educated farmers on integrated soil management techniques for increased crop yield and farmer income.
3. Ghana association of agricultural students (GAAS), UDS, outreached to farmers in the Botanga community, Tolon – Kumbugu district, 2008. Educated farmers on modern crop farm operations and post-harvest loss management.
4. UDS – third trimester field practical programme (TTFPP) to Ahyiayem community, Nkoranza district, 2006 – 2008. Provided documentation of Ahyiayem community profile, problems and potentials and prepared a development proposal on the core community problem.
1. Secretary of the animal science students’ association (ASSA), UDS, 2008 – 2009. Effectively documented all proceedings of the association and played the executive role in communicating formally and informally to members and other stakeholders. Organized and facilitated meetings where key decisions were reached.
2. Electoral commission chairman of the Ghana association of agricultural students (GAAS), UDS, 2007 – 2008. Conducted credible elections during meetings and a general election which saw to the smooth transition of GAAS leadership from 2007/08 to 2008/09 academic year.
3. Organising secretary of the eastern region students’ association (ERSA), UDS, 2007 – 2008. Supervised the organisation of key events of the association including welcoming of fresher men and sending off ceremony of predecessors. Also organised regular association meetings.
1. German academic exchange service (DAAD), PhD scholarship to University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 2014 – 2017.
2. DAAD MSc. scholarship to JKUAT, Nairobi, Kenya, 09.2010 – 11.2011/04.2012 – 11.2012.
3. DAAD short term research scholarship to University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 12.05.2011 – 04.10.2012. I undertook my MSc. thesis laboratory work during this time.