KWAKU KYEREMEH (Ph.D)
October 2002-November 2006: Aberdeen University, Scotland: Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry).
September 1996-June 1999: University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Honours).
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
•Leverhulme-Royal Society, Africa Award
•University of Ghana Research Fund
•International Foundation of Science Research Grant
•University of Ghana Conference and Research Grant
•Mars Incorporated Research and Conference Grant
MEMBERSHIP OF ASSOCIATION
•Ghana Science Association
•Ghana Chemical Association
•West African Research and Innovation Management Association
•Secondary metabolites from West African marine invertebrates or microbes and their bioactivity
•Physicochemical studies and bioinorganic chemistry of marine natural products
•Pharmacognosy of herbal remedies in Ghana and other parts of West Africa
Introduction: Secondary metabolites from marine invertebrates and microorganisms are a rich source of chemical diversity and several marine-derived compounds are now in the clinic, with many more in clinical trials. Invertebrates and microorganisms from the Western African marine ecosystem have not been systematically surveyed for their chemical diversity. My research is one of the first marine inventories taken in this part of the world and as such will provide invaluable baseline information.
Research Aim and Objectives: We aim to investigate biologically active secondary metabolites produced by Ghanaian marine invertebrates and marine microorganisms. The steps are: 1. Sampling various Ghanaian marine environments for
marine invertebrates and sediments. 2. Isolation of microorganisms from marine invertebrates and sediments. 3. Extraction, isolation and structural characterization of secondary metabolites from these organisms. 4. Screening secondary metabolites for activity against malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, microbes and cancer.