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Dr. Daniel K. Dzidzienyo - Profile

 Dr. Daniel Kwadjo Dzidzienyo

   PhD, Molecular Biology, Nottingham


   Deputy Centre Leader, WACCI - ACE Project   

   Coordinator Research,  Anglophone Africa, WACCI

   Lecturer, Biotechnology centre

   University of Ghana



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Daniel K. Dzidzienyo is a Lecturer at the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Ghana, Legon. He is also the Deputy Centre Leader of the WACCI-ACE Project and doubles as an Associate Lecturer and Coordinator for the Research Programme, Anglophone Africa at WACCI. Prior to his appointment as Lecturer at the Biotechnology Centre, he was a Part-Time Teaching Assistant and a Post-graduate Assistant at the Division of Plant and Crop Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK.

Dr. Dzidzienyo had his secondary education at the Mawuli School in Ho. He then proceeded to the University of Ghana, Legon to read a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, graduating with a First Class Honors. He had his second degree under the Developing Solutions Taught Scholarship for MSc, University of Nottingham, UK. He mastered in Plant Genetic Manipulations. Dr. Dzidzienyo also holds a PhD in Plant Sciences (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology) from the University of Nottingham, UK. He had a Joint PhD Studentship, from the University of Nottingham, UK and The James Hutton Institute, UK for his PhD studies.

His research interest includes the applications of innovative techniques for the genetic improvement of crop plants and the use of modern molecular techniques for improving the quality of staple crops in the sub-region.




  • PhD Plant Sciences (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology), University of Nottingham, UK, 2008-2012
  • MSc Plant Genetic Manipulation, University of Nottingham, UK, 2007-2008
  • BSc Agriculture (Crop Science), University of Ghana, 2002-2006



Awards and Honors

  • 2008-2012: Joint PhD Studentship, University of Nottingham, UK and The James Hutton Institute, UK
  • 2007-2008: Developing Solutions Taught Scholarship for MSc, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2007:           Award winner of the Academic Excellence Award for Graduating with 1st Class Honours from Legon HallUniversity of                     Ghana
  • 2006:           First Class Award (2nd best graduating student in Crop Science) at BSc level, University of Ghana
  • 2005:           Award winner of the Academic Excellence Award for Outstanding Academic Performance at BSc Level from Legon                            Hall, University of Ghana



Professional Experience

  • 2019 – date       Deputy Centre Leader, WACCI-ACE Impact Project, University of Ghana, Legon
  • 2017 - date       Reviewer, Rice Science
  • 2016 - date       Reviewer, International Journal of Genomics
  • 2016 - date       Reviewer, Ghana Journal of Science, Ghana Science Association
  • 2015 - date       ‘Trainer of Trainees’, African Biosafety Network of Expertise, NEPAD-Agency
  • 2015 – date       Internal Examiner, University of Ghana, Legon
  • 2014 - date       Deputy Centre Leader, WACCI-ACE I Project, University of Ghana, Legon.
  • 2013 - date       Lecturer, Biotechnology Centre, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon
  • 2013 - date       Associate Faculty & Coordinator, Research Programme, at (WACCI), University of Ghana, Legon.
  • 2013                 Part-time Teaching Assistant, help with teaching and general administrative duties, Dr Debbie Sparkes, University of                                     Nottingham, UK
  • 2012                 Postgraduate Assistant, organized and coordinated affairs of summer school, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2009 - 2012      Laboratory Demonstrator, helped students during lab sessions, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2008 - 2012      Doctoral Fellow, “Genetic manipulation of self-incompatibility in diploid potato species”, University of Nottingham, UK.
  • 2008 - 2011      User Committee Member, organized activities for the Graduate Centre, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2007                 Workshop Coordinator, coordinated the affairs of an international workshop ‘1st Marker Assisted Training Workshop’                                     Biotechnology Centre, University of Ghana, Legon
  • 2006 - 2007      Teaching/Research Assistant, organized and delivered tutorials and provided technical assistance for students carrying out                            their research projects at the Biotechnology Centre and general administrative works, Biotechnology Centre,                                                    University of Ghana, Legon



Conferences, Workshops & Meetings

  • 2019       The Launch of the African Plant Breeders Association and Maiden International Conference on Advances in Classical Breeding                     and Application of Modern Breeding Tools for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa, October 23-25, 2019, University of Ghana,                   Accra, Ghana
  • 2019       Workshop on “Private-Public Partnerships for the Sustainable Intensification of Maize Production for the Crop’s Value Chain”:                       March 19, 2019, WACCI, University of Ghana
  • 2019       Sustainable Intensification of Cowpea Production and Value Chain Development workshop: March 4, 2019, WACCI, University                     of Ghana
  • 2019       Tenth World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) project and 1st ACE Impact project workshop: February 19-27, 2019,                            Djibouti City, Djibouti
  • 2018       International Conference on Food and Nutrition Security in Africa, October 3-4, 2018, WACCI, UG, Accra, Ghana
  • 2018       Fourth International Cassava Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century, Marina Hotel, Cotonou, Benin
  • 2018       Workshop on “Developing the next generation of Agricultural Researchers and Professionals in Africa: Role of the ACEs”: April 9                   – 13, 2018, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
  • 2017       African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA), A Continuous Professional Development Workshop on Plant Breeding organized by                     UC-Davis, U.S.A: May 14 – 27, 2017; Nov 16 – Dec 09, 2017 and May 12 – 26, 2018, ICRAF, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2017       Cornell Alliance for Science Advanced Course for Global Leadership Fellows: October 10 – 27, 2017, Cornell University, Ithaca,                   USA
  • 2017       Instructor at WACCI Food Security Summer Training programme for students from Monmouth College, USA, University of                           Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
  • 2017       WACCI 10th Anniversary Celebration Launch and Symposium, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
  • 2017       Staff Retooling workshop on Governance, People Management, Communication Skills and Project Management organized by                       KPMG: April 19 – 21, Fiesta Royale Hotel, Accra, Ghana
  • 2017       Innovative Teaching and Learning, Fundraising and Gender Balance in Education workshop: March 13-17, 2017, Benue State                         University, Makurdi, Nigeria
  • 2016       Golden Gate Training Workshop, John Innes Centre, Norwich, England, UK
  • 2016       Grand Challenges Meeting/Conference, QEII Centre, London, England, UK
  • 2016       Cornell Alliance for Science: Africa Leadership Course on Strategic Planning and Grassroots Organizing, Malaika Beach Hotel,                     Tanzania
  • 2016        Fifth World Bank ACE Workshop, Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra, the Ghana
  • 2015        Workshop for Agricultural Education Front Runners in West Africa: Africa Centres of Excellence (ACEs) Learning Experience at                  WACCI, Erata Hotel, Accra, Ghana
  • 2015        Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Training Workshop, Michigan State University, USA
  • 2015        International Biosafety Workshop, University of Ghana
  • 2015        Third World Bank ACE Workshop, Karaiba Beach Hotel, Banjul, the Gambia
  • 2014        Plant Genomics Congress, St. Louis, USA
  • 2014        Second World Bank ACE Workshop, Hilton Hotel, Yaounde, Cameroun
  • 2014        World Bank ACE Formal Launch, NUC Auditorium, Abuja, Nigeria
  • 2014        Validation Workshop of the Action Plan for the Establishment and Operationalization of The Alliance for Seed Industry in West                      Africa (ASIWA), Cotonou, Benin
  • 2013        Gene Identification and Characterization of Sorghum Genetic Resources, a one week training workshop, the West Africa Centre                     for Crop Improvement, University of Ghana.
  • 2011        Oral presentation at the Postgraduate Symposium, University of Nottingham, Plant and Crops Science Division, UK
  • 2010        Poster presentation at SOL2010 - The 7th Solanaceae Conference, Dundee, Scotland, UK.
  • 2010        Oral presentation at the Postgraduate Students Awards Competition, Scottish Research Institute, SCRI (now The James Hutton                        Institute, JHI), Scotland, UK.
  • 2010        Poster presented on my behalf at the XXI International Congress on Sexual Plant Reproduction Bristol, UK
  • 2010        Q-PCR Workshop, University of Nottingham, Plant and Crops Science Division, UK.
  • 2010        Poster presentation at the Postgraduate Symposium, University of Nottingham, Plant and Crops Science Division, UK
  • 2009        Oral presentation at the Postgraduate Symposium, University of Nottingham, Plant and Crops Science Division, UK
  • 2009        Introduction to Quantitative Analysis. University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2008        Experimentation and Computing Techniques. University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2007        National Biosafety Clearing House Training Workshop, UNEP-GEF Project for Building Capacity for Effective Participation in                      the Biosafety Clearing House, organized by Biotechnology & Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI), Accra Ghana



Membership Of Boards/Committees/Associations/University Service

  • 2020 - date       Member, WACCI Finance Committee
  • 2016 - date       Member, Cornell Alliance for Science
  • 2016 - date       Member, University of Ghana (UG) Academic Board
  • 2014 - date       Member, College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS) Academic Board
  • 2014 - 2018      Member, College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS) Research Board
  • 2014 - date       Member, West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) Management Committee
  • 2014 - date       Member, West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) Management Staff
  • 2014 - date       Member, UG-USAID Feed the Future (FtF) Programme Project Management Team
  • 2013 - date       Member, University Teachers Association of Ghana, UTAG
  • 2013 - date       Member, West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) Admissions Committee
  • 2013 - date       Member, West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) Research Committee




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