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Welcome

Kwabena
Akwaaba, Woezor and Wellcome to the DueduLab. Our group/lab focuses on bioprospecting microorganisms for industrial, therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. We study the ecology of microbial communities and seek to identify microbes and communities that can be used for biomass conversion and biofuels production as well as those that produce antimicrobials or anti-antimicrobials. We are also involved in other studies on public health microbiology of microbial communities. The lab is a constituent of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana. We collaborate with the group of Prof. Chris French a leader in Synthetic Biology and Microbial Biotechnology based at the University of Edinbugh, UK. We also collaborate with the group of Dr. Nana Sarfo A. Derkyi of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana. Our group is always looking to collaborate and develop innovative solutions. Get in touch and lets start talking. Read more about our past and ongoing research.

News

June 2017

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene awards a small grant to the lab to support studies on antibiotic resistance from the microbiome of children with sickle cell disease.

November 2016

Entebbe, Uganda: The African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research (APCDR), Cambridge, UK organizes a conference in which the Ugandan Medical Informatics Center (UMIC) was inaugrated. The APCDR has funded the microbiome and obesity project in the Duedu Lab and Dr. Duedu is attending this conference.

September 2016

A new partnership between the Global Health Team and the Microbiome Hub of Department of Developmental and Molecular Pathways of the Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA, USA starts with Dr. K. Duedu's 10 week visit to the Microbiome Hub under the Global Health Fellowship program. The Microbiome Hub led by Dr. Leon Murphy and Dr. Henry Haiser.

August 2016

Dr. Kwabena Duedu and Prof. Peter Atadja attends the second technical meeting on the WHO Demonstration project on diagnostic development at the National Institutes of Parasitic Diseases, China CDC, Shanghai, China. The team will be discussion ongoing work to isolate biomarkers and develop diagnostics for malaria and schistosomiasis.

July 2016

A uBiome academic grant comprising microbiome gut kits and sequencing service has been awarded to the lab

May 2016

Dr. Kwabena Duedu and Dr. Louis Bengyella of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, UHAS each win seedinglabs/addgene plasmid grants. Dr. Bengyella's award will enable him acquire some plasmids that will be used in gene editing research using the technology called CRISPR/Cas9. This is the hottest technology in biology today with the potential of editing disease genes from persons in the near future. Using those plasmids for research thus puts us on with current trends in cutting edge research. (You may contact him for more information if needed). Dr. Duedu's award will enable him acquire plasmids that will be used to produce enzymes such as DNA polymerases and the restriction enzyme EcoRI. These are very important enzymes in genetic engineering and molecular biology but very expensive as well. Being able to produce these enzymes will make it easy for both practical teaching of molecular biology and research in the university. Additionally he will be acquiring fluorescent proteins which will be used in research to create diagnostic biosensors. We hope to contribute to improving health in our local community by developing technology for creating diagnostic kits for various disease conditions.

April 2016

Department of Biomedical Sciences through Dr. Bismarck Dinko receives seeding labs instrumental access 2016 award.

March 2016

Prof. Tanoh-Debrah delivers seminar on the role of Listeria monocytogenes in our indigenous foods. Check the photos.

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