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Dr. Agyemang Danquah

Agyemang  holds a BSc in Agriculture (2005) from the University of Ghana, where he graduated with first class honours. In 2007, he won a Visiting Graduate Research Fellowship to train in bioinformatics, marker assisted selection and other molecular biology techniques at the University of Virginia, USA. While there, he conducted experiments to study drought tolerance mechanisms and the regulation of gene expression under water-stress condition in cowpea using NimbleGen microarray. This study formed the basis of his MPhil thesis. Agyemang enrolled in the Plant Molecular Biology PhD programme at the Université Paris Sud, Orsay (France) in 2009, which was jointly funded by French Embassy in Ghana, the Université Paris Sud and the University of Ghana. His PhD research was conducted at the Unité de Recherche en Génomique Végétale (URGV) and was part of a multilateral European (ADYSARC) project aimed at understanding the molecular basis of plant responses to combination of multiple abiotic stresses. During his PhD studies, Agyemang also served as a member of the Association Doc’en Herbe (Plant Science PhD Students Association) that organized the 3rd European Plant Science PhD Retreat in Orsay, France. Agyemang is currently a lecturer at the Department of Crop Science, University of Ghana. He also serves as the Coordinator for the Teaching Programme at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI). He is a member of the team that developed the innovative MPhil Seed Science and Technology curriculum under the WACCI-Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) World Bank project to train seed scientists and technologists for sub region. His research interest is in understanding various molecular mechanisms involved in plant responses to single and combined abiotic stresses, innovative techniques for gene identification and the genetic manipulation of crop plants for resistance against these stresses.