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Professor Yaw Adu-Sarkodie

Professor Yaw Adu-Sarkodie joined KNUST as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Microbiology in 1997, having taught as Part time Lecturer a couple of years before then. He rose to the position of Professor in October 2009. He graduated from KNUST in 1984 and 1988 with BSc Human Biology and MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degrees respectively, and the University of Sheffield, UK in 1985 with a BMedSci (Hons) in Medical Microbiology. He undertook postgraduate studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) graduating with an MSc (Medical Microbiology, 1994) and PhD (Infectious and Tropical Diseases, 2004) of the University of London, and 2 Postgraduate Diplomas from the LSHTM. In 1993 he was awarded a Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians, UK. He holds a Membership of the West Africa College of Physicians and is a Foundation Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians.

He joined KNUST from the Ministry of Health and is currently an Honorary Consultant Clinical Microbiologist at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). At KNUST he has served in many academic positions including Senior Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences (1997-2002), Senior Researcher at the Institute of Science and Technology in Africa (2005-10), Associate Professor (2002-9), Head of the Department of Clinical Microbiology (2007-11), Vice-Dean (2007-11) and Dean of the School Medical Sciences (2012-2017) respectively. Between 2001-2002 and 2006-2007, he was the Hall Master of the Clinical Students Hostel, KATH.

Prof. Adu-Sarkodie currently serves as Member of the University’s Academic Board, The Executive Committee, and the University Appointments and Promotions Committee (Alternate Member). He has chaired many Planning and Resource programme subcommittees (Internal and External). From May 2013 – October 2016, he served as the representative of KNUST on the Board of the Narh-Bita College, an affiliate institution of KNUST.

Nationally, he is the President’s nominee on the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Member of the Technical Working Group of the National AIDS/STD Control Programme, and Member of the National Expert Committee on HIV Drug Resistance. He represents Vice-Chancellors, Ghana on the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund against TB, HIV and Malaria. He has been an External Examiner and Assessor for Promotions to the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, University of Health and Allied Sciences, and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. He has worked on many Programme and Professional Accreditation Panels for the National Accreditation Board and the Ghana Medical and Dental Council.

Internationally, he has served in Temporary Advisor capacities to the World Health Organisation, and until 2016 was a member of its STD Expert Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the WHO Sexually transmitted Infections Guidelines Development Group and Expert Group for the Elimination of Yaws by 2020. Between 2012 -2016, he was the Africa Regional Director of the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections, a group that sits in Consultative status at UNESCO. He is a Member of the Royal Society (UK) Research Award Panel that reviews research grant applications for funding. He has reviewed articles for publication in Journals including Sexually Transmitted Infections, AIDS, Tropical Doctor, PLOS NTD, Bulleting of the World Health Organisation, Journal of Medical Microbiology, East Africa Medical Journal, Ghana Medical Journal etc. He has taught and examined at the LSHTM (2003-12), the Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (2004-6), and the College of Medicine, South Africa(2004-6) He has been an assessor for promotions for the Boston Centre for Global Health and the University of Nsukka, Nigeria.

Through his teaching and research activities he has supervised and mentored 15 PhD students (Clinical Microbiology, Public Health Medicine, Infectious and Tropical Diseases), 30 Masters Students and many undergraduate students. His research interests are in HIV Key populations, Antimicrobial resistance and Neglected Tropical Diseases. He has authored/co-authored 125 articles in peer reviewed journals, presented 45 abstracts/proceedings at National and International Conferences and written 5 Book Chapters including 2 in the WHO Manual on Laboratory Diagnosis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

He is a member of the International Society for STD Research, British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, International Society for Infectious Diseases, and International AIDS Society.