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Lab of Viral Zoonotics (LVZ)

Dr. Samuel Kojo Kwofie Sam Kwofie

Visiting Scientist, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

Visiting Wolfson College Research Associate

Previously, I was a CAPREx Research Fellow also at Cambridge University. Currently, I am also a Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana. I teach and supervise student research projects in bioinformatics, genomics and computational bioengineering.


Ongoing Project in Cambridge

 To investigate the prevalence and molecular epidemiology of viral pathogens, from samples taken from individuals presenting to clinics in Ghana with symptoms of viral haemorrhagic fever, using unbiased sequencing approaches. The project involves the use of next generation sequence data to assemble whole viral genomes, characterize the 'virome' in the plasma and elucidate the transmission dynamics of viral hepatitis in Ghana.

Main Cambridge Collaborator: Dr. Simon Frost

Funders: Isaac Newton Trust, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Alborada Trust Fund


Other projects

  1. Africa is endowed with abundant natural products which are potential therapeutic agents for emerging infections and neglected tropical diseases. My focus is to integrate in silico virtual screening and pharmacophore modeling to identify potential lead compounds.
  2. Development of text mining platforms and biomedical databases as well as softwares