Professor Isabella Quakyi is a Professor of Immunology and Parasitology, a health researcher and Public Health practitioner. She is passionate about and contributes to biomedical research and capacity Development and Knowledge translation.

Her research and teaching over the past three decades focused on malaria immunity, immunoepidemiology, immunopathology, immunodiagnosis, autoimmunity, molecular immunology and vaccine development. Research on malaria and concomitant infections with measles and HIV/AID has had equal attention.

The works of Professor Quakyi

Prof Quakyi has substantial international research capability and capacity, having worked in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Australia, England and the Netherlands, and has garnered interpersonal skills and academic scholarship necessary for leadership to build needed capacity for public health.

As Principal and Co-Principal Investigator on several research projects and North-South research collaborations, currently with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health Programs, and Centre for Biologics and Evaluation and Research, US Food and Drug Administration, Maryland, these programs focus on faculty development, research and curriculum development, and operational research, and help promote research and academic excellence.

She has over 80 articles published in over 100 periodicals. She has also served on several national and international boards and committees, including the UNESCO Chair for Women in Science and Technology in the West African Region. Prof.  Quakyi’ s scholarly papers include work on Plasmodium falciparum genetics and the cloning of the P. falciparum CSP (circumsporozoite protein) gene, endeavors that helped to the creation of peptide vaccines and the testing of the first human malaria vaccine.

Honours and Awards

  • 2013 PATH/MVI Vaccine Science Portfolio Advisory Council (VSPAC), Member.
  • 2012 Panelist German-African Cooperation Projects in Infectology
  • 2011 Fellow Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2010 Chair WHO/PATH/MVI Vaccine Technical Working Group (TWG)
  • 2010 Member Ghana Health Service Council
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