Home Institution: University of Ghana
Fellowship Site: University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Research Topic: The role of epidermal growth factor-like domain 7 (Egfl7) in sickle cell disease patients diagnosed with preeclampsia
Dr. Obiri will spend her fellowship year at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Re-search (University of Ghana) and the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra under the mentorship of Ben Gyan, PhD and Linnie Golightly, MD. Her research will focus on investigating immunologic interaction between preeclampsia and sickle cell disease during pregnancy and how this could assist disease management, diagnostics and future therapeutic interventions in Ghana.
Dr. Obiri received her BSc degree in Human Biology and MPhil in Zoology from the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and the University of Ghana respectively. Most of the research for these degrees was carried out at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research where she is serving as a graduate research assistant. She is completing her African Centres of Excellence PhD fellowship under the World Bank on the interaction between preeclampsia and placental malaria at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), University of Ghana.
She hopes to continue in research to establish a collaborative research network for improved maternal health especially in the area of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in Ghana.