Cambridge-Africa

Dr Eric Sampane Donkor

Dr Eric Sampane Donkor (University of Ghana)

Research title: Application of whole genome sequencing to investigate Staphylococcus aureus outbreaks in Ghana

Eric1Research project: Whole Genome Sequencing Technique is superior to bacterial typing methods in outbreak investigations, as it provides better resolution of bacterial isolates. It’s particularly suitable for highly clonal bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus. The study will apply whole genome sequencing to retrospectively investigate 3 outbreaks at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana. S. Aureus samples isolated from the outbreaks will be confirmed and tested for methicillin resistance. DNA extracted from each of the isolates will be sequenced. The sequence data would be analysed to elucidate transmission events in the outbreaks and identify the causative S. aureus strain. The information would be useful in preventing further outbreaks in Ghana. 

Collaborator: Prof Stephen Bentley, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge

Publications: See Eric's publications

Visiting Cambridge: 6th July 2015 - 1st January 2016

Contact: ericsdon@hotmail.com