Dr. George Owusu-Dapaah

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Brief Bio: 

Dr. George Owusu-Dapaah is the immediate past Vice Rector of Kumasi Polytechnic. He is a Senior Lecturer and has been a faculty member of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (formerly Department of Dispensing Technology) since 1994. He is a registered pharmacist and has been a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana from 1988. He is also a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Technology and Management Research (IJTMR).

Dr. Owusu-Dapaah received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde (2008), and his M.Pharm (1994) / B.Pharm (1987) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). His current research interests are in the areas of anti-sickling agents from natural products, ligand approach to drug discovery through pharmacophore generation, and synthesis of quinazoline-2,4-diones and 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones for the treatment of trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis.

He has undertaken several studies and research projects on medicinal plants in Ghana related to bioassay and stability studies, antibacterial activities, and lethality tests, among others. He has also carried out extensive outreach and community-based programmes focussing on communicable diseases and other health issues all over Ghana. He has over seven peer reviewed publications and papers in conference proceedings.

Education: 
  • 2004 – 2008: Doctor of Philosophy (research); Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences; University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  • 1989 – 1994: Master of Pharmacy (research) Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
  • 1982-1987: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons); Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Professional Membership: 
Member, Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana
Teaching Areas: 

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Experience: 

Leadership

  • 2011 – Date, Vice rector, Kumasi Polytechnic
  • 2011 – Date, Dean, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Kumasi Polytechnic
  • 2009 – Date, Head, Department of Dispensing Technology, Kumasi Polytechnic
  • 2009 – Date, Hall Master, Liberty Hall, Kumasi Polytechnic, Kumasi.
  • 2009 – Date, TALIF Campus Coordinator for Kumasi Polytechnic
  • 2002 – 2003, Acting Head, Department of Dispensing Technology, Kumasi Polytechnic.

Teaching Experience

  • 2012 – Date, Senior Lecturer in pharmaceutical chemistry; Department of Pharmaceutical sciences Kumasi Polytechnic, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 2004 – 2008, Demonstrator; Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences; University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  • 1995 – Date, Lecturer in pharmaceutical chemistry; Department of Dispensing Technology Kumasi Polytechnic, Kumasi, Ghana.
  • 1994 – 1995, Part – Time Lecturer Department of Dispensing Technology, Kumasi Polytechnic, Kumasi, Ghana.
  • 1989 – 1992 Demonstrator; Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
  • 1987 – 1989 Teaching Assistant (National Service); Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Service to some communities (outreach work)

  • 2009 Educating the people of the people of Abodease on HIV/AIDS, chorela, malaria, tuberculosis and contraception.
  • 2002 Awareness and education of the people of Japandu and Adumasa ( Amansie west district of Ashanti) on HIV/AIDS, malaria and contraceptive practices
  • 1998 HIV/AIDS awareness at Feyiase in the Ashanti region.
  • 2013 Brine shrimps lethality bioassay: A tool for drug discovery from natural products. International Journal of Technology and Management Research, 2013, vol 1, no 2, pp 40-48
  • 2012 Identification and development of the 1, 4-benzodiazepin-2-one and quinazoline-2, 4-dione scaffolds as submicromolar inhibitors of HAT Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry,  vol.20,(2012) no 20 p. 6019–6033
  • 2006 Identification of the Benzodiazepines as a New Class of Antileishmanial Agent., Bioorganic and Medicinal chemistry Letters. Vol.17, Issue 3 (2007) p. 624-627.
Conferences Attended: 
  • Third QS Middle East And Africa Professional Leaders in Education (MAPLE) Conference and exhibition, 7-8th May 2013; Hayatt Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa Conference, 25th November to 1st December 2012, Lusaka, Zambia,
  • Third Annual Applied Research Conference. Strengthening the linkage between theory and Practice, 17th- 19th May 2010, Koforidua Polytechnic, Ghana
  • Sunyani Polytechnic Lecture Series V; Applied Science and Technology for Sustainable Development of Ghana. 13th -15th December 2009, Sunyani, Ghana.
  •  The 2nd annual International Applied Research Conference; April 22nd – 23rd 2009. Koforidua Polytechnic, Ghana
  • 5th International symposium on Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Pharmacy. Istanbul, Turkey.  September 5-7, 2007.
  • Groupement des Pharmacochimistes de L’Arc Atlantique –GP2A. 15th Conference, September 7-8, 2006. University of Bath, United Kingdom.
Publications: 
  1. 2013       Brine shrimps lethality bioassay: A tool for drug discovery from natural products. International Journal of Technology and Management Research, 2013, vol 1, no 2, pp 40-48
  2. 2012       Identification and development of the 1, 4-benzodiazepin-2-one and quinazoline-2, 4-dione scaffolds as submicromolar inhibitors of HAT  Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, vol.20,(2012) no 20 pg 6019–6033
  3. 2006       Identification of the Benzodiazepines as a New Class of Antileishmanial Agent. Bioorganic and Medicinal chemistry Letters. Vol.17, Issue 3 (2007) pages 624-627.