One of the towering figures in Ghana’s response to COVID-19, Prof. Gordon Awandare has received an award for his excellent contribution to Ghana’s response to COVID-19. Professor Gordon Awandare and his research teams in collaboration with other institutions provided technical assistance and scientific advice to the Government of Ghana.
The College Of Basic and Applied Sciences has recognised his efforts through its Meritorious Awards scheme. It was held on Friday, July 9, 2021.
Gordon Awandare was a leading member of a collaborative inter-institutional effort that successfully sequenced the earlier strains detected in Ghana. Sequencing of the earlier viral strains were done between the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) and the The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), both at the University of Ghana.
In addition, Gordon Awandare provides mentorship to a lot of budding scientists. His outfit, WACCBIP recruits fellows every year through a competitive selection procedure. This fellow graduate and serve as important human resources throughout the world.
Gordon Awandare is the founding Director of WACCBIP. He runs the affair of the Centre. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Ghana, Legon. He earned a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ghana, and a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in the USA, after which he completed his postdoctoral training at the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research in Maryland, USA.