Department of Biomedical Engineering Selected For Seeding Labs' Instrumental Access Programme

Dr. Elsie Kaufmann

The Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering Sciences has been selected as one of 16 exceptional university departments to receive donated lab equipment through Seeding Labs' Instrumental Access programme.

The launch event, "Positively Instrumental " which took place in March at the MIT Museum, rated as a huge success, saw a community of supporters from the life sciences, pharma, and academia tremendously impressed with the University of Ghana's work and obviously delighted to be supporting the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Through a competitive application process with 67 applicants, Seeding Labs identified these departments as having the most potential to advance cutting-edge research, expand training opportunities for students, and build the infrastructure that’s critical to a thriving scientific community. It is worth noting that the proposal to Seeding Labs was coordinated by a team from the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS), comprising Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, Dr. Elvis Tiburu, Dr. Kwaku Kyeremeh, Dr. Patrick Arthur, Dr. Lucas Damoah, Mr. Ezekiel Acquaah and Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann with strong support from the Provost of CBAS and the Vice-Chancellor.

Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann, Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Ghana, said, “the selection is a great honour which will enable the Department to set up a core facility for use by all members of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences."

A level 300 student of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tantuoyir Marcarious Moorkereh described the opportunity as a real blessing and a source of inspiration for many students in the department. “At least, we will now get that golden chance of having a practical feel of all the long theories being learned in class before going out to face the world's problems, as problem identifiers and solvers. Thank you very much Instrumental Access Seeding Labs for this support to the University of Ghana Biomedical Engineering Department”, he added.

Jeromy K. Adofo, another level 300 student said, “having labs to test the taught theories reassures us of the feasibility of our coursework as well serves as a fun way of learning. This will ensure we graduate as skilled and motivated engineers”.

According to Seeding Labs, the group represents the most talented global scientists in the developing world who will leverage donated equipment for positive impact in their regions and beyond.

The universities are located in 11 countries and their research interests are broad: agriculture, nutrition, climate change, energy, water safety, drug discovery, pharmacy, infectious disease, cancer, and more. 

Congratulations to the Department of Biomedical Engineering for once again raising the flag of the University.

Snapshot of Participants at the event