Mr. Papa Kofi Amissah-Reynolds
Role and Responsibility
- Senior Lecturer (Teaching, Research and Community Service),
- Head, Dept. of Biological Sciences Education
Biological Sciences Education
P. K. Amissah-Reynolds is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences Education. I hold both a Masters and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Ghana. I have close to a decade of teaching and research experience in Biology.
I am interested in public health and tropical medicine research, particularly the epidemiology and immunology of parasitic zoonoses. I am also interested in disease prevention and control efforts such as vaccination. So far, I have assessed parasitic infections in both domestic and wildlife animals in Ghana under a project dubbed “Zoonoses Action Project (ZAP)”. ZAP is an initiative that seeks to provide epidemiological data and limit zoonotic transmissions under a One-Health concept.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS
- University Teachers Association of Ghana
- Ghana Science Association
RESEARCH INTERESTS AND SUPERVISION
My research work has focused on zoonotic transmissions from animals to humans. So far, I have investigated zoonotic risks associated with pets and along the food chain through the use of animal droppings as manure. These reports highlight high zoonotic risks from different, free-ranging animals. Although, multi-parasitism remains a common phenomenon in developing countries adequate facilities and expertise needed to meet this challenge are lacking. Globally, livestock production is increasing to meet the ever-growing demand for animal protein. Increasing human and livestock populations have implications for transmission of zoonotic diseases, as it allows for more frequent interactions between the two within a limited space. There is a dearth of information of zoonoses although the population of animals are increasing. Thus, I would like to supervise students to contribute in finding data and informing policies on the management of zoonoses and domestic animals in Ghana.
- Invertebrate Biology
- Parasitology and Public Health
- Vertebrate Biology
Amissah-Reynolds, P. K., & Ofori, S. A. (2023). Preliminary survey of feline intestinal parasites in Ghana. The Asia Journal of Applied Microbiology, 10(1), 1-9.
Yeboah, O. E., Amissah-Reynolds, P. K., Ofori, A. S., Kwakye, D. O., Amoabeng, B. W., & Asante, C. (2022). Preliminary studies on the parasitism rate of larval parasitoids of the diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) L.(Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
Osafo, R., Balali, G. I., Amissah-Reynolds, P. K., Gyapong, F., Addy, R., Nyarko, A. A., & Wiafe, P. (2022). Microbial and Parasitic Contamination of Vegetables in Developing Countries and Their Food Safety Guidelines. Journal of Food Quality, 2022.
Ofori, S. A., Yeboah, E. O., Amissah-Reynolds, P. K., Owusu, P., & Philip, A. (2022). An Efficacy of Anti-hyperglycemic Agents (Nigella sativa) in Blood, Body Weight and Glucose levels of Diabetes Mellitus Rats: A Comprehensive Review.
Asare, E.A., Dartey, E., Sarpong, K., Effah-Yeboah, E., Amissah-Reynolds, P.K., Tagoe, S. and Balali, G.I. (2021) Adsorption Isotherm, Kinetic and Thermodynamic Modelling of Bacillus subtilis ATCC13952 Mediated Adsorption of Arsenic in Groundwaters of Selected Gold Mining Communities in the Wassa West Municipality of the Western Region of Ghana. American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 12, 121-161,10.4236/ajac.2021.125010.
Amissah-Reynolds, P. K., Yar, D. D., Gyamerah, I., Apenteng, O. Y., & Sakyi, S. (2020). Fresh Vegetables and Ready-to-eat Salads: Sources of Parasitic Zoonoses in Mampong-Ashanti, Ghana. European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety, 12(2), 47-55. https://doi.org/10.9734/ejnfs/2020/v12i230192
Eric Twum Ampofo, Robert Ampomah, Papa Kofi Amissah-Reynolds, Samuel Ebo Owusu, Michael Opoku-Manu. (2020). The Upsurge of COVID-19 Cases amidst the Reopening of Schools in Ghana: The Role of Teachers as Frontline Workers. International Journal of Secondary Education 8(3), 93-99
Amissah-Reynolds, P. K. (2020). Toxoplasmosis in humans and animals in Ghana: a review (1962 – 2020). International Journal of Tropical Diseases and Health, 20-31.
Amissah-Reynolds, P. K., Yar, D. D., Aboagye, V., Monney, I., Nuamah, F., & Ndego, E. A. (2019). Parasitic Contamination in Ready-to-Eat Salads in the Accra Metropolis, Ghana. South Asian Journal of Parasitology, 3(4), 1-11. Retrieved from http://www.journalsajp.com/index.php/SAJP/article/view/30104
Amissah–Reynolds, P. K. Monney I, Adowah L M, Agyemang S O., (2016). Prevalence of helminths in dogs and owners’ awareness of zoonotic diseases in Mampong-Ashanti, Ghana. Journal of Parasitology Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1715924
Monney, I., Baffoe-Kyeremeh, A. and Amissah-Reynolds, P. K. (2015). Accelerating rural sanitation coverage in Ghana: what are the speed bumps impeding progress? Journal of Sanitation, Water and Hygiene for Development, 5 (4) 531-543 DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2015.005