Dr Akorli is a Research Fellow at the Department of Parasitology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Ghana. She is also a Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2019) at the DELTAS Africa funded West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), and the Cambridge-Africa Partnership for Research Excellence (CAPREx) (2017-2018). She holds a BSc degree in Zoology from the University of Ghana and, a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics from the University of Cambridge, UK.
Dr. Akorli has broad interests in mosquito-borne disease and Neglected Tropical Disease research. She aims to contribute to understanding host-vector-parasite interactions by applying the in-depth information that can be obtained from using genomic tools. Her current projects under the WACCBIP and CAPREx Fellowships investigate interactions between environment, mosquito vectors, symbionts, human host and mosquito-borne parasites, to increase knowledge and advance efforts in new strategies for disease control in endemic settings. She is also currently a co-investigator on the NIH-NIAID-funded Tropical Medicine Research Centre grant award at NMIMR.
Jewelna has 11 publications (2011-2017) in peer-reviewed journals, and has participated in several international conferences and workshops. She is passionate about strengthening research and development in Africa, and was an invited speaker at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2017 in Washington DC. Dr. Akorli is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Ghana and currently supervises 2 undergraduate, and 2 MPhil students.