Akwaaba/Wellcome to the Duedu Lab. Our interests are bioprospecting microorganisms for industrial, therapeutic and diagnostic purposes and investigation of the function of microbial communities. We study microbial ecology and seek to identify biomolecules and microbes that can be used for biomass conversion. We also study metagenomes of microbial communities to investigate horizontal gene transfer and their biological functions. We are also involved in other studies on public health microbiology. 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 and other scientists. 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
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) awards a research grant to Dr. Duedu to study horizontal transfer of antibiotic resistance from gut microbiomes to enteric pathogens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A uBiome academic grant comprising microbiome gut kits and sequencing service has been awarded to the lab
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.
Department of Biomedical Sciences through Dr. Bismarck Dinko receives seeding labs instrumental access 2016 award.
Prof. Tanoh-Debrah delivers seminar on the role of Listeria monocytogenes in our indigenous foods. Check the photos.
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