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FASEB Conference - August 27 - September 1, 2023

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Conference

Join us for the first Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Conference in Africa in partnership with Sena Institute of Technology, Ghana. Venue: Alisa Hotel. Date: August 27 – September 1, 2022

The Imaging Cellular and Chromosome Dynamics is a follow-up of a successful catalyst conference which was held in 2021 ( The conference had more than 40% attendees from African institutions and this in-person event is expected to attract both international and African scientists both on the continent and the diaspora in the field of genetics. The list of speakers can be assessed at The conference has attracted several high-profile geneticists both within and outside the continent, African Union representatives and the African Academy of Sciences and has ample activities to network, develop collaborations and share research ideas.


The meeting’s main themes are: 1) Imaging cellular and chromosome dynamics; 2) Image processing and integration; 3) Computational biology and data mining.

Conference sessions will present the latest research and foster discussion on:

  • Environment and Epigenetics
  • Disease and Whole Organisms Imaging
  • RNA Imaging and Transcription 
  • Emerging Technologies and Image Analysis
  • Chromosome Structure and Organization
  • DNA Recombination
  • Cellular and Protein Imaging 
  • Quantitative Biophysics

The conference covers nine sessions with 40 invited speakers, 15 selected abstract presentations, a “Meet the Expert” session addressing how to start and maintain international collaborations, and career development workshops.

Planned Activities:
  • Sunday -Cultural Activities and Opening Ceremony
  • Wednesday – Tours, Grand Networking and Dinner
  • Thursday Night – Cultural Dance



  • Susan Gasser, PhD (KEYNOTE) – Director, ISREC Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Peter Atadja, PhD (KEYNOTE) – Professor, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana
  • Wojtek Pawlowski, PhD – Professor, School of Integrated Plant Science Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, USA – Chromatin and the recombination landscape of maize
  • Abby Dernburg, PhD – Professor and HHMI Investigator, University of California, Berkeley, USA – How live imaging led to a new understanding of crossover regulation in meiosis
  • Olalekan Akinbo, PhD – Center of Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation, African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA NEPAD), South Africa
  • Peggy Oti-Boateng, PhD – Executive Director, African Academy of Sciences, Kenya – Transforming Africa through science technology and innovation: The role of Academies. 
  • Ayman Al-Hendy, MD, PhD – Professor,  University of Chicago, USA – Developmental Epigenetic Scaring and Risk of Uterine Tumors
  • G. V. Shivashankar, PhDProfessor, ETH Zurich and Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
  • Cees Dekker, PhDProfessor, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
  • Abdulkadir Abakir, PhD –  Scientist, Altos Lab, UK
  • Jonny Nixon-Abell, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Andres Florez, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, USA – Synthetic Biology Tools for Dynamic Control in Bacillus Subtilis
  • Tom Broker, PhD – Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
  • Andrew Seeber, PhD – Director, TransitionBio, USA
  • Valerio Orlando, PhD – Professor, KAUST Environmental Epigenetics Research Program, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Hiroshi Kimura, PhD – Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Musa Mhlanga, PhD – Professor, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Sherif El-Khamisy, PhDProfessor, Molecular and Cellular biology, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Nagwa El-Badri, MD. PhD – Prof. Biomedical Sciences, Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt – Novel organoid model for hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Piergiogio Percipalle, PhD – Professor, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Jennifer Zenker, PhD – Group Leader, Monash University, Australia – Enlightening microtubule and organelle real-time dynamics during preimplantation embryogenesis and pluripotency

Conference workshops

Register separately. Seats are limited.

Microscopy and Image Analysis

Agenda: Use of widefield, confocal and super-resolution microscopes. Daily walk-ins available


Agenda: Doing science from everywhere using existing databases. Date: September 1 at 8 am -12pm

Visit Ghana Information

Entry Requirements for Ghana

  • Must be in possession of a valid passport or legal travel documents.
  • Must have valid entry visas issued by a Ghana diplomatic mission or consulate abroad or any other visa issuing authority mandated by the Ghana Government to act on its behalf. (ECOWAS nationals and those of other countries with which the Government of Ghana has specific bilateral agreements, are exempted).
  • Vaccinated against Malaria/Yellow Fever at least Ten (10) days from the proposed date of departure and where already vaccinated, provide evidence/ proof (certificate) indicating the duration of a vaccination status of not more than Ten (10) years before entering Ghana.

Conditions for the Issue of Visa

  • Applicants on a VISIT to Ghana must provide a letter of invitation from their host in Ghana.
  • Visas may be granted to personnel of international organizations and visitors to Ghana for tourism, study, business, or transit.
  • The visa may be granted for single or multiple entry. First time visitors are not eligible to 1 year entry visa and above.
  • Issued Visas must be utilized within three months of the date of issue.
  • Visitors travelling on Business are required to furnish evidence of the fact, such as a letter from their firm, while those travelling at the invitation of Ghanaian nationals or residence, or Ghanaian institutions should furnish a letter of invitation from their hosts.
  • Visitors may be required to provide a return or a through ticket to a country which they have the right of admission or may be required to show evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of their stay in the country.
  • Professionals (doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc), are required to provide particulars of their qualifications in order that the eligibility of their registration may be determined.

Visa Processing Times:

Form of Service



15-20 business days


7 business days

 (From: Embassy of Ghana, Washington DC, USA)

Weather Condition in Ghana from August to September

In August and September, the weather in Ghana is typically warm and with light rains. The country experiences a rainy season during these months, with temperatures averaging between 25-30°C (77-86°F). While the rains bring cool breeze, the season lies between two major seasons making it ideal for local travels. It’s a great time to visit as the lush greenery and vibrant flora are at their peak. Just be sure to pack some rain gear and prepare for the possibility of rain during your outdoor activities.


Address: Alisa Hotel North Ridge, 21 Dr Isert St, Accra, Ghana

Alisa Hotel is 15 min away from the Kotoka International Airport.  Hotel shuttles will be available to commute attendees to and from the airport.

Destinations in Ghana

Take time to explore the cultural and natural resources within Ghana.

Central Arts – Visit to tourist sites within Accra metropolis such as Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Arts center and museums.

Central outdoor (Group 1)– Visit Aburi Botanical Garden and enjoy nature within and surrounding regions.

Central outdoor (Group 2) – Visit to beaches and the surroundings towns.

West Coast Adventure – Cape coast castle, Elmina Castle, Kakun.

East Coast Adventure – Akosombo, Wli waterfalls, Mt. Afadjato

Central outdoor – Visit to arts centers, museums, parks such as Aburi Botanical Garden, and beaches. This is a combination of the Central Arts and Central outdoor events.

Interested in a tour? Email the conference organizers at 


  • Kwasi Agbleke, PhD – President, Sena Institute of Technology, Ghana
  • Tom Broker, PhD– Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
  • Haitham Shaban, PhD – Associate Professor, National Research Center, Egypt; Senior Research Fellow, Agora Cancer Research Center, Switzerland