Dr. Fred Aboagye-Antwi is Principal Investigator for Target Malaria in Ghana. He is also a Medical Entomologists at the Department of Animal Biology & Conservation Sciences and a Senior Lecturer within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Ghana. Joining Target Malaria in 2018, he has been investigating the ecological consequences of reducing the population of Anopheles mosquitoes in malaria endemic regions. In addition, he is working on optimising protocols for rearing, transporting and releasing male Anopheles mosquitoes. With over 20 years of experience in research on parasitic infections, Dr, Aboagye-Antwi is working to pursue further knowledge in mosquito molecular genetics and genetic transformation that will enable him to make more meaningful contributions towards the control and elimination of vector borne parasitic diseases in Africa.
His enthusiasm and contributions in the field of vector research, have earned Dr. Aboagye-Antwi several awards, including the Cambridge African Partnership for Research Excellence (CAPREx) postdoctoral fellowship, Roberts fund at Keele University, Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) scholarship and a DANIDA Sponsorship.
Following his undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences (Botany and Zoology) at the University of Ghana, Dr. Aboagye-Antwi pursued a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Zoology (Applied Parasitology) at the same university. From there, Dr. Aboagye-Antwi went on to pursue a doctoral degree (PhD) in Life Sciences (Medical Entomology) at Keele University in the UK. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in Research Methodology from Danish Bilharziasis Laboratory (DBS), Denmark.
Recent media coverage:
- The Geographical, ‘Could a new gene-editing technique be a major breakthrough in the battle against malaria?‘
- Vox, ‘Target Malaria’s scientists are working to rid Africa of an ancient plague‘
- Graphic Online, ‘Why African scientists are supporting gene drive research to fight malaria‘
- Deutschlandfunk, ‘Kampf gegen Malaria geht in die nächste Runde‘