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Alexander Kwarteng

Alexander Kwarteng’s research seeks to elucidate the immunology and molecular mechanisms underlying diseases of poverty. He is particularly interested in neglected tropical diseases like human filarial infection. By extension, his team focuses on understanding the complex host-microbiome interactions and molecular underpinning behind the array of pathologies people suffering from filarial infections present with. Kwateng has been actively involved in several clinical trials targeted at eliminating filariasis in affected communities in Ghana. His team develops and promotes the use of innovative strategies to alleviate the pain and burden among people suffering from lymphedema (elephantiasis) and hydrocele. This is done using an interdisciplinary approach, with a cultural perspective, to fight social stigmatization and depressive mental illness in LF endemic communities in Ghana. In recent years Kwarteng’s research interest has expanded to include cancer genomics, computational immunology and emerging infectious diseases.


Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Scholar

Relevant Publications

A. Kwarteng and S.T. Ahuno, "Immunity in filarial infections: lessons from animal models and human studies," Scand J Immunol, 2017.

A. Kwarteng, S.T. Ahuno, and F.O. Akoto, "Killing filarial nematode parasites: role of treatment options and host immune response," Infect Dis Poverty, 5(1):86, 2016.

A.Y. et al., "Doxycycline Leads to Sterility and Enhanced Killing of Female Onchocerca volvulus Worms in an Area With Persistent Microfilaridermia After Repeated Ivermectin Treatment: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Trial," Clin Infect Dis., 61(4):517-26, 2015.

K. Arndts et al., "Elevated adaptive immune responses are associated with latent infections of Wuchereria bancrofti," PLoS Negl Trop Dis., 6(4):e1611, 2012.

S. Mand et al. "Doxycycline improves filarial lymphedema independent of active filarial infection: a randomized controlled trial," Clin Infect Dis., 55(5):621-30, 2012.



CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Humans & the Microbiome


Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and TechnologyBiochemistry and Biotechnology


PhD, Molecular Biomedicine University of Bonn

MPhil, Clinical Microbiology Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

BSc, Biological Science Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology



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