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Dr. Sammy Yaw Aboagye

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Position: 
Research Fellow

 

Year of Employment                              2019

Sammy Yaw Aboagye is a Biomedical and Public Health Research Scientist whose research activities have focused mainly on the two mycobacterial diseases of public health importance Buruli ulcer (BU) and Tuberculosis (TB) as well as diarrhoeal causing pathogens. His interests are to 1) contribute to understanding the ecology and transmission of the causative agent of BU; Mycobacterium ulcerans employing environmental, molecular and microbiological approaches, 2) understanding the biology and the ecological niche adaption of one of the main human adapted TB causing pathogens; Mycobacterium africanum, which is restricted to West African countries and 3) profiling of patterns and trends of diarrhoeal causing pathogens using Next Generation Sequencing. He leads a team that provides reference laboratory services; PCR diagnostics and culture services to the Ghana Health Services and has also been involved in the evaluation of diagnostic tools including the OMNI gene SPUTUM reagent as a sputum transport medium and feasibility of downstream DNA based assays and the TB-Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) to accurately detect TB. His works have received support from the UBS Optimus Foundation, Switzerland (under DYM Projects, NMIMR) and the Holgar Pollman Foundation, Germany. 

Educational History

  • Ph.D. Environmental Science, University of Ghana-2017
  • MPhil. Biochemistry, University of Ghana-2011
  • BSc. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Cape Coast-2006

Research Interests

  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Adverse health outcomes from climate change
  • Molecular epidemiology of bacterial infections
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Microbiome (Gut and Skin)

Current Research Projects

  • Gut microbiome profile of diarrhoeal patients in Ga West Municipality Accra, Ghana
  • Antimicrobial resistance profiles using One Health Approach
  • Differential Diagnosis of neglected tropical skin infections
  • Salmonella Typhi ecological niches

Publications

He has over 20 research publications that can be accessed in the Google scholar link below https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=heUKFmkAAAAJ&hl=en