Advisory Board

Dr. Jewelna Akorli (nee Osei-Poku), PhD, BSc
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Department : Parasitology

Dr. Jewelna Akorli obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Ghana in 2006, with First Class Honours andserved as a National Service Person at the Department of Parasitology at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR). She served on a WHO/TDR funded project which monitored LF transmission following MDA in endemic towns and villages in the Central Region of Ghana. She then continuedas a field assistant and helped to train interns and students.

Having won a scholarship from the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh, she pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, UK from 2009-2012 and graduated with a doctorate degree in 2013. Herresearch work involved studying the genetics and ecological factors in mosquito vector competence.

Currently as a Postdoctoral Fellow at NMIMR she is working on a project that investigates malaria host-vector-parasite interactions.

Administrative Role

Post-doctoral fellow

Research Interest
  1. Medical entomology
  2. Genetics & Genomics
  3. Vector-parasite interactions
  4. Metagenomics
  1. Title: Investigating the effects of human blood levels of antibiotics on malaria transmission.Role: Principal Investigator (Postdoc)

NMIMR Publications

  1. de Souza, D.K., Osei-Poku, J., Blum, J., Baidoo, H., Brown, C.A., Lawson, B.W., Wilson, Moses J. Bockarie, M.J., and Boakye, D.A. The epidemiology of lymphatic filariasis prevalence in Ghana, explained by the possible existence of two strains of Wuchereriabancrofti.Pan African Medical Journal17:133.

Other publications

  1. Ariani C, Smith S, Osei-Poku J, Short K, Juneja P, and Jiggins F. 2014. Environmental and genetic factors determine whether the mosquito Aedes aegypti lays eggs autogenously without a blood meal. AJTMH (Accepted with minor revision).
  2. Juneja P, Ariani, C.V., Ho Y.S., Osei-Poku J, Palmer W.J., Pain A and Jiggins F.M. Exome and transcriptome sequencing of Aedes aegypti identifies a locus that confers resistance to Brugiamalayi and alters the immune response. PLoS Pathogens (Accepted with minor revision).
  3. Juneja P., Osei-Poku, J., Ho, Y.S., Ariani, C.V., Palmer, W.J., Pain, A., and Jiggins, F.M. Assembly of the genome of the disease vector Aedes aegypti onto a Genetic Linkage Map Allows Mapping of Genes Affecting Disease Transmission.PLoS Neglected Tropical Disease 8(1): e2652. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002652.
  4. Osei-Poku J, Mbogo C.M., Palmer, W.J. and Jiggins F.M. 2012. Deep sequencing reveals extensive variation in gut microbiota of wild mosquitoes from Kenya. Molecular Ecology 21 (20): 5138-50.
  5. Osei-Poku J, Han C, Mbogo C.M. and Jiggins F.M. 2012. Identification of Wolbachia in mosquito disease vectors. PLoS ONE 7 (11): e49922. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049922.
  6. Longdon B, Wilfert L, Osei-Poku J, Cagney H, Obbard D.J.and Jiggins F.M. 2011. Host-switching by a vertically transmitted rhabdovirus in Drosophila. Biology Letters doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0160.
Dr. Kwadwo Asamoah Kusi
DR. Evelyn Yayra Afua Bonney Kingsley Badu
Dr Aminata Colle LO Samuel Asamoah Sakyi Dr. Jewelna Akorli
(nee Osei-Poku)
Dr Patrick Valere Tsouh Fokou
Dr. Patrick Kobina Arthur Dr. Joseph Mwanzia Nguta
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