Gertrude Ecklu-Mensah, PhD

LMIC Fellow

Home Institution: University of Ghana
Fellowship Site:  University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana
Research Topic: The longevity of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes and the relevance of gametocytaemia after antimalarial treatment

Dr. Ecklu-Mensah will spend her fellowship at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho under the mentorship of Fred Binka, MBChB, PhD, MPH, Kirk Deitsch, PhD, and Bismarck Dinko, PhD. Her research will focus on the longevity of plasmodium falciparum gametocytes and the relevance of gametocytaemia after antimalarial treatment.   

Her long-term career aspiration is to be an international leading scientist based in Ghana addressing important questions in parasite biology pertinent to the control and eradication of malaria, with the overall goal of improving the health needs of her country. Dr. Ecklu-Mensah has a broad formal training in biochemistry with applications in molecular biology and immunology of infectious diseases from the University of Ghana, Accra and the University of Copenhagen.

She recently completed her PhD (January, 2018) where her research focused broadly on pediatric severe malaria pathogenesis which resulted in the generation of crucial knowledge offering the feasibility of developing second generation vaccines to prevent severe malaria. Dr. Ecklu-Mensah envisions that her research will provide her with opportunities to develop as an independent investigator in order to make significant contributions to biomedical re-search in her country and also in the training of next generation scientists in the long-term.