Visit by Prof. Solomon Ofori-Acquah
Prof Solomon Ofori-Acquah giving a lecture during the Host and Pathogen Genomics class.
Prof. Solomon Ofori-Acquah, a molecular geneticist and hematology scientist, visited the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens – Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, UG . He is a member of the H3Africa Consortium. Prof. Ofori-Acquah has a longstanding research interest in molecular hematology, sickle cell disease (SCD), and in endothelial biology research related to novel therapies for pulmonary vascular dysfunctions. His long-term research is focused on acute and chronic pulmonary complications of SCD. His lab recently developed the first mouse model of acute chest syndrome, and defined hemin as a prototypical erythroid DAMP molecule that triggers this lung condition. As part of his visit, he gave a presentation on his research work at the departmental seminar on 26th February, 2015. The masters students also had the honour of hosting him as a guest lecturer during the MCBI 604 lecture on Host and Pathogen Genomics.