Dr. Jacob Alhassan Hamidu


Senior Lecturer


Dept: Animal Science Office:
Department of Animal Science

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Research Areas/Interests

My research focuses on studying conditions affecting hatching eggs, table eggs and chick quality and using biological techniques such as cellular and ...~more


Auto/Biography

I am Animal Scientist and a holder of PhD in Animal Science with Specialization in Poultry Embryology, Physiology and Chick Quality from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Animal Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. In 2016 was the team leaders of the USDA ASSESS Poultry Baseline Survey of poultry farms in Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions, and the KNUST-LGSS Needs Assessment Project of District Assemblies in Volta, Eastern and Ashanti region. I am a member of team of hatchery experts of Lohmann Tierzucht and H & N International, all in Germany to troubleshoot hatchery challenges across Africa. I am currently the hatchery manager of the Olympio hatchery at the Department of Animal Science, KNUST which was rebuilt by my initiative with funding support from the Vice chancellor’s office, KNUST and in-kind donation from Jamesway Incubator Inc. in Canada. I held the Grand Challenges Canada grant under the Saving Brain platform from 2014 to 2016 where the project investigated the topic” Promoting nutritious egg consumption in rural Ghana: A new paradigm in healthy childhood”. I am also among a team of poultry experts from the University of Alberta (Canada), University of Calgary (Canada) and the KNUST (Ghana) who were recently awarded a grant by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency to investigate “the impact of eggshell quality on broiler breeder chick quality in Canada”. Currently, I held a KNUST Research Fund to assess impact of hatching eggs storage on meat yield and quality in broilers. I have over 16 peer reviewed publications, over 30 abstracts and more than 20 conference proceeding in reputable journals. I love teaching, a challenging research, student mentoring and getting the best out of students without hope of success and working closely with the poultry industry.


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