Research

The Institute covers these seven broad disciplines:

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Biology, Chemistry and Molecular Genetics

This discipline is focused on deciphering life at the molecular level. Scientists in biomedical sciences will develop new tools and systems to study the basic mechanisms driving cellular function. Basic areas of research include synthesis of organic polymers and inorganic compound; Biochemistry, Chromosome Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology and Cancer biology.

 

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Engineering, Physics and Material Sciences

This discipline is involved in new material design, tools and system optimization. Some areas of research interest include hydrogels, chemical modifications, cosmic simulations and  nanoparticles. The discipline is also involved in tissue engineering and imaging such as MRI and crystallography.

 

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Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

This discipline is focused on data modeling and simulations. Proficiency in modeling tools such as Matlab, Mathematica, SAS and programming languages such as python, perl and R in modeling and simulations will be encouraged and readily available to researchers and their team members. In addition, these tools will be used in interdisciplinary fields involving other fields such Biology, Economics, Finance and Policy Developments.

 

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Sociology, History, Law and Governance

It is the goal of this discipline to promote Ghanaian and African culture. We encourage research in promoting African culture, sociology and governance. In-depth assessment of African history is essential developing solutions unique to the continent. Aspect of African culture we would explore include dance, music, language and religion. Other aspects of governance the discipline will delve more into include common law and ethnic laws. Finally, vital life processes such as naming ceremonies, puberty rites, marriage and death ceremonies and their impact on African virtues and foundations will be probed.

 

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Agriculture, Economics, Business and Natural Resources

This discipline encompasses the commercialization of natural resources and the sustainable usage of these resources. Major areas of research include:

  • Improve and develop new Agricultural techniques.
  • Assess the mining industry for sustainable ecosystem
  • Business and economic research and think-tank for economic development of the continent.

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Public Health, Medical Sciences and Health Policy

Our three major goals as a discipline are:

  • promote public health awareness.
  • research into the medical and clinical sciences.
  • and develop policies to promote health and longevity.

 

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observes some of the most beautiful galaxies in our skies — spirals sparkling with bright stellar nurseries (heic1403), violent duos ripping gas and stars away from one another as they tangle together (heic1311), and ethereal irregular galaxies that hang like flocks of birds suspended in the blackness of space (heic1114, heic1207). However, galaxies, like humans, are not all supermodels. This little spiral, known as NGC 4102, has a different kind of appeal, with its tightly-wound spiral arms and understated, but charming, appearance. NGC 4102 lies in the northern constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). It contains what is known as a LINER, or low-ionization nuclear emission-line region, meaning that its nucleus emits particular types of radiation — specifically, emission from weakly-ionised or neutral atoms of certain elements. Even in this sense, NGC 4102 is not special; around one third of all nearby galaxies are thought to be LINER galaxies. Many LINER galaxies also contain intense regions of star formation. This is thought to be intrinsically linked to their centres but just why is still a mystery for astronomers — either the starbursts pour fuel inwards to fuel the LINERs, or this active central region triggers the starbursts. NGC 4102 does indeed contain a starburst region towards its centre, where stars are being created at a rate much more furious than in a normal galaxy. This star formation is taking place within a small rotating disc, around 1000 light-years in diameter and with a mass some three billion times the mass of the Sun. This image uses infrared and visible observations taken using Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. A version of this image was submitted to the Hubble's Hidden Treasures image processing competition by contestant Renaud Houdinet. A team of astronomers led by Stephen Smartt of Queen's University Belfast, the Principal Investigator for the observations making up this image, have

Astronomical, Oceanographic and Atmospheric Research

The primary aim of this discipline is to build capacity to develop systems, techniques and machinery to explore space beyond our imagination. In it's infancy, we would train personnel while building facilities. Areas of interest include star formation, solar and lunar periods and