Catherine Smith ’11, Marina Zambrotta ’11, Nora Proops ’10 and Laura VanArendonk ’10 will be visiting the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Ghana. They will be applying skills they gained in Superlab (Bio300) and their senior research experiences to laboratory research there in an on-going collaborative study by Iruka Okeke (HC), Professor Mercy Newman (UGMS) and Japheth Opintan (UGMS). The objectives of the research, which began in 2005, are to study the genetics behind drug resistance in bacteria from West Africa. The project affords Haverford students and faculty the opportunity to interact and work with scientists in Ghana and Nigeria. This year, we also hope to introduce tissue culture protocols to the lab in Ghana.
The students will be at the University of Ghana for 6 weeks. (They are also spending two weeks, pre-travel, at Haverford, preparing for the trip). Iruka Okeke will accompany them to Ghana, and stay the first week. She’ll also return at the end of July to help wrap things up.
The students are supported by the KINSC. Research on antimicrobial resistance in Ghana is supported by a Branco Weiss fellowship to INO from the Society in Science, Switzerland.