Dr. Dorcas O. Owusu is a Lecturer at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, KNUST. She holds a Ph.D. Immunology, MPhil in Microbiology, and BSc. in Molecular Biology. She is very much involved in teaching and co-teaching many aspects of the undergraduate program as well as supervising postgraduate thesis research.
Dorcsas’s research area and interest include:
- Identifying components of disease aetiology and management that can be influenced for better health outcomes of patients.
- Investigating biomarkers responsible for immune dynamism in different patient conditions.
Dr. Owusu’s dissertation explored the role of immune markers in spontaneous recovery from viral hepatitis (HCV) infection.
She has previously and is currently part of studies investigating: (i.) Molecular mechanisms of liver disease in HIV and Hepatitis B virus infections and (ii.) Immune modulation and impact of infectious agents; M. tuberculosis, M. perstans. & Nontuberculous mycobacteria.
Her past and current research experiences involve the use of Molecular detection techniques; PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, Line Probe Assay, Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification and Immunoassays; EIA, Flow Cytometry, Cytometric Bead Array, Immune Cell Proliferation Assay, and Immunophenotyping.
She is currently the principal investigator and recipient of KNUST Research Funding (KREF-7). The study seeks to optimize and validate the molecular assay, Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification for identification of M. perstans in human samples in Ghana.
She is also investigating the burden and impact of viral hepatitis and HIV co-infections in disease management. The study seeks to provide better strategies for adequate education and effective management of viral hepatitis in Ghana.
Dorcas has authored and co-authored respective research papers. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4299-5870
She is a member of the Ghana Science Association, Immunology Society Ghana, WiSTEM Ghana, and the American Society for Microbiology.