Dr. (Mrs.) Dorcas Ohui Owusu

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Dept: Theoretical and Applied Biology
Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology
AK- 384-7845
JW Acheampong Close, KNUST

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Viral hepatitis: identifying components of disease aetiology and management that can be influenced for better health outcomes for patients. Molecular...~more


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Dr. Owusu is a Researcher and a Faculty Member at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, KNUST. 

She holds a PhD. in Immunology from KNUST and M.Phil in Microbiology from the University of Ghana. She has other certificates in Molecular techniques in Microbiology, Research Implementation and Immunology of Infectious Diseases. 

She has also been a Research Fellow in immunity and TB disease. Through this, she has gained good experience in diagnostic and immunological assays investigating Tuberculosis, HIV, and Hepatitis diseases.

She conducted her doctoral research in the immunopathology of viral hepatitis (Hepatitis C). Some immune markers were identified to play a major role in spontaneous recovery from HCV infection.

Dr. Owusu is currently participating as a postdoc in the Immunology and Infections group at KCCR-KNUST. The research is investigating the immune modulation and impact of M. perstans infection on TB disease manifestation and recovery time under treatment (DFG funded).

She participated in research investigating the aetiology of viral hepatitis in physically healthy individuals. As part of the outcomes, the study identified several routes of transmission of HCV, and sequencing of the viruses isolated revealed conditions for effective HCV-2 transmission have existed for several centuries (Loyola University College, USA Funded).

Other research she has participated in includes investigating HIV and Hepatitis B virus (HBV) co-infection: The outcomes of the study include establishing that the use of HCV antibody screening methods overestimates the reality; Combined use of transient elastography and simple laboratory tests provides a promising alternative to liver biopsy for resource-limited settings; the presence of HIV drug resistant gene in patients being treated without viral monitoring (Royal Society; Leverhulme Trust funded; University of Liverpool funded). She worked with the Stroke Investigative Research and Education Network (SIREN) which is determining the socio-demographic, clinical and genetic characteristics of stroke among Black stroke survivors Africa (NIH funded).

Through the various kinds of research, she has gained good experience in diagnostics, including molecular assays and the use of immunological assays to determine the host dynamics and immunological response to infectious diseases. Other experiences gained, include maintaining high standard laboratory standards and practices, research implementation and coordination, development of materials and tools necessary to appropriately train individuals involved in the conduct of research, collection, compilation, documentation, and management of the research data. 

She is a recipient of KNUST Research Fund (KReF) support for a molecular assay validation.

She is a member of the Ghana Science Association, Immunology Society Ghana, WiSTEM Ghana, and American Society for Microbiology.

 


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