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.

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.