Akua Obeng ForsonCountry of origin: Ghana Currently in: Ghana, Accra General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Degrees2013 Doctorate Biological Systems and Organisms
Current Research Activities
Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
I am generally interested in understanding microbial interaction and its effects on vector growth, survival and how it shape disease epidemiology. My current work aims to identify candidate bacteria in mosquito breeding habitats that can be exploited for vector control through an attract-and-kill strategy. This forms part of an overall goal to contribute feasible and innovative methods for future disease control. I aim to achieve this through the use of advanced molecular and genomic tools. Besides medical entomology, I also have interests in antibiotic resistance and food safety research in Sub Saharan Africa. I support such studies with knowledge of molecular techniques to understand antimicrobial drug resistance, improve medical diagnoses and epidemiology.
Publications resulting from Research:
1. Olu-Taiwo, M. Baakwa M. D., and Forson, A. O. Microbial Quality of Sliced Pawpaw (Carica papaya) and Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) Sold on Some Streets of Accra Metropolis, Ghana. International Journal of Microbiology, 2021, 6695957: 1 - 8.
2. Forson, A.O., Adjei, D.N., Olu-Taiwo, M., Quarchie, M.N., Asmah, H.R. Characterization of Campylobacter associated gastric enteritis among patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in a hospital in Accra, Ghana. PLoS ONE, 2020, 15,
3. Olu-Taiwo, M.A., Opintan, J.A., Codjoe, F.S., Obeng Forson, A. Metallo-Beta-Lactamase-Producing Acinetobacter spp. From Clinical Isolates at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Ghana. BioMed Research International, 2020, 3852419: 1 - 8.
4. Forson, A. O. Tsidi W. B., Nana‑Adjei, D. Quarchie M. N. and Noah Obeng‑Nkrumah. Escherichia coli bacteriuria in pregnant women in Ghana: antibiotic resistance patterns and virulence factors. BMC Res Notes, 2018, 11, 901: 1-7.
5. Forson A. O., Gyasi P. B., Olu-Taiwo, M. Ayeh-kumi, P. F. “Microbial Assessment of Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) Sold at Some Central Markets in Ghana,” BioMed Research International, 2018, Article ID: 6743826: 1-7.
6. Donkor, E. S. Evans, F. Anim-Baidoo, I. Nana-Adjei, D. Olu-Taiwo, M. Forson, A. O. Investigating the prevalence of antibiotic residues in Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis Sniloticus) sold in some central markets in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Food Research, 2018,7, 6:1- 9.
7. Akua Obeng Forson, A. O. Arthur, I. Olu-Taiwo, M. Glover, K. K. Pappoe-Ashong P. J Ayeh-Kumi. P. F.“Intestinal parasitic infections and risk factors: a cross-sectional survey of some school children in a suburb in Accra, Ghana”. BMC Research Notes, 2017, 10, 485:1 – 5.
8. Forson O.A., Ayanka E., Olu-Taiwo M., Pappoe-Ashong P.J., Ayeh-Kumi P.F. “Bacterial Infections in Burn Wound Patients at a Tertiary Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana”. Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters, 2017, 30, 2:1 – 5.
9. Ayeh-Kumi, P.F. Larbie, N. G. Michael Olu-Taiwo and Forson, O. A. “Prevalence of Gastro-intestinal Parasites in Chickens Sold in Some Major Markets in Greater Accra, Ghana”. International Journal of Poultry Science, 2016, Vol. 15, Issue 8, Pg. 335-342.
10. Ayeh-Kumi, P. F. Osafo, K. O. Attah, K. S. Obeng-Nkrumah, N. Tetteh-Quarcoo, P. B. Awuah-Mensah, G. Abbey, H. N. A. Obeng A., Cham, M. Asare, L. Duedu, O. K. Asmah.R. H. “Malaria, Helmiths and Malnutrition: a cross-sectional survey of school children in the South-Tongu district of Ghana”. BMC Res Notes, 2016, 9, 242: 1- 12.
11. Obeng, A. S. Rickard, H. Ndi, O. Sexton, M. Barton, M. D. “Prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in Enterococci and Escherichia coli in egg layers and meat chicken flocks during production cycle” International Journal of Poultry Science, 2014, 13, 9: 489 - 503.
12. Ayeh-Kumi, P. F. Tetteh-Quarcoo, P. B. Duedu, K. O. Obeng, A. S. Addo-Osafo, K. Mortu S. Asmah. R. H.“A survey of pathogens associated with Cyperus esculentus L (tiger nuts) tubers sold in a Ghanaian city”, BMC Research Notes, 2014, 7, 1: 343.
13. Obeng, A. S. Rickard, H. Ndi, O. Sexton, M. Barton, M. D..“Comparison of antimicrobial resistance patterns in enterococci from intensive and free range chickens in Australia” Avian Pathology, 2012, 42: 45 - 54.
14. Obeng, A. S. Rickard, H. Sexton, M. Pang, Y. Peng H. and Barton, M. D. “Antimicrobial susceptibilities and resistant genes in Campylobacter strains isolated from poultry and pigs in Australia” Journal of Applied Microbiology, 2012, 113: 294 - 307.
15. Obeng, A. S. Rickard, H. Ndi, O. Sexton, M. Barton, M. D..“Antibiotic resistance and phylogenetic typing in commensal Escherichia coli from intensively farmed and free range poultry” Veterinary Microbiology, 2012, 154: 305 - 315.
16. Duedu, K. O. Ayeh-Kumi, P.F., Nti, S.A., Addo-Osafo, K, Akua Obeng, Mortu, S., Manu, C.S., Godwin Kwakye-Nuako, Tetteh-Quarcoo, P.B. Asmah, R.H. Obeng-Nkrumah, N. “Intestinal parasitosis among pregnant women in Accra, Ghana” Ghana Journal of Allied Health Sciences, 2009, 4: 9 - 14.
17. Obeng, A. S. Kwakye-Nyako G., Asmah R. H. Ayeh-Kumi F. P. “Pathogenic parasitic pathogens associated with fresh vegetables consumed in Accra” Ghana Journal of Allied Health Sciences, 2007, 1:11 - 15.
Publication in Press
Hinne, I. A. Attah, S. K. Mensah, B. A. Forson, A. O. Afrane Y. A. Larval Habitat Diversity and Anopheles Mosquito Species Distribution in different Ecological Zones in Ghana. Parasites & Vectors, 2021, Article ID: PARV-D-21-00030R2.
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:TeachingLecturer in Medical Microbiology
Workshop and Conference Attended2017 Gateshead, UK, Society for Applied Microbiology 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting
Presentation given2017Microbiological Quality of Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum).Gateshead, UK,Event: Society for Applied Microbiology 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting
Other AwardsJul 2020American Association of University Women- Research Publication grantMy current work aims to identify candidate bacteria in mosquito breeding habitats that can be exploited for vector control through an attract-and-kill strategy. This forms part of an overall goal to contribute feasible and innovative methods for future disease control. I aim to achieve this through the use of advanced molecular and genomic tools.