Prof. Gustav Komlaga

Associate Professor

Dept: Pharmacognosy
Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, College of health Seicnes, KNUST, Kumasi,Ghana.

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Research Areas/Interests

Validation of the medicinal  properties of plants  used in traditional medicine Discovery of novel bioactive molecules from medicinal plant...~more

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I am an Associate Professor of Pharmacognosy in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). I hold PhD in Pharmacognosy (KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana) and Microbiology (University of Paris-Saclay, Chatenay Malabry, France).

As a Natural Products Scientist my research activities focused on the exploration of natural products, especially medicinal plants, for the treatment of diseases. My goals are to investigate and validate the efficacy and safety of medicinal plants and finished herbal products used in Traditional medicine. Generally, I aim at providing scientific explanation for medicinal uses of plants in Ghanaian Traditional medicine; information that would allow informed and rational use of medicinal plants for treating diseases and also make them acceptable to all. I am particularly but not exclusively interested in medicinal plants used to treat infectious diseases especially, malaria.

I am also involved in the search for novel bioactive molecules from medicinal plants that can become drugs or drug candidates. In addition, I have interest in the documentation of traditional knowledge of medicinal plants, and also research about the health benefit of leafy vegetables used in diets by the people of Northern Ghana and Volta Region- knowledge that is fast disappearing.

Currently, I am involved in translational research which seeks to develop effective and safe herbal products (medicines) that meet the healthcare needs of all people.

 I have published more than 20 research papers in reputable peer review journals and participated in a number of local and international scientific conferences.

 Based on my expertise, I serve as editorial board member and reviewer for reputable peer review journals including Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Phytochemistry Letters, Parasitology Research, Evidence-based complementary and Alternative Medicine, Advancement in Medicinal Plant Research, African Journal of Biotechnology, Journal of Drug Development and Clinical Trials,  Int. Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Developmental Research among others.

I belong to organizations such as the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), West African Network of Natural Products Research Scientists (WANNPRES).

I attended Asuom Secondary School in the Eastern Region for my O’Level and Mawuli School, Ho, for my A’Level.

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