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Anthony Afum-Adjei Awuah

Affiliateship: 2021-2025

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Medical & Health Sciences


Dr. Anthony Afum-Adjei Awuah is a lecturer at the Department of Molecular Medicine and postdoctoral research fellow with the Global Health and Infectious Disease Research Group at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR), in KNUST.

Anthony started his career with a degree in Biochemistry from the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, KNUST and joined the EOD working group at KCCR to do his PhD in Immunology, investigating the role of immune modulatory molecules in the immunopathogenesis of tuberculosis. After his PhD, he started his postdoc with the same group at KCCR where he developed means to improve the use of interferon gamma release assay (IGRA) to diagnose TB in children. He continued to do another postdoc training at Centre Muraz in Burkina through the West Africa Health Research Network where he trained in clinical research and worked with hidden population who are at a higher risk for HIV/AIDS. From there, he won a WHO/TDR fellowship grant to train in vaccinology and vaccine trials at the GSK vaccine s.r.l in Siena, Italy. He worked with a preclinical vaccine group investigating the mechanism of action for novel vaccines and how to improve candidate vaccine immunogenicity. He was part of the 2017 cohort of the Next Generation Scientist program to train young emerging scientists in clinical research at the headquarter of Novartis Pharma in Basel. He has extensive experience in the design, planning and conduct of clinical research. His research areas include infectious diseases, immunology, vaccinology and clinical research. He is currently involved in running several studies. This includes studies in clinical characterization of COVID-19, seroprevalence study on COVID-19 and a clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of existing therapies for COVID-19 among others.