Dr Abena Amoah
BA MSc PhD
My background is in biomedical research with an MSc in Epidemiology from LSHTM. I completed a PhD in Immunoepidemiology from the University of Leiden in 2014 with research focused on the relationship between parasitic worm (helminth) infections and the allergic immune response. I have experience working in the field of biomedical research in the United States, Ghana, Malawi and the Netherlands. I am in the Department of Population Health, Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health and I am based overseas at the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU) in Malawi. I am the Science Programme Manager at MEIRU's rural campus in Chilumba, Karonga District where I oversee the coordination and implementation of all research activities.
My research interests revolve around how changing enviromental exposures associated with urbanisation may influence the human immune system. Of particular interest has been exposures to parasitic worm (helminth) infections and how these influence the pathogenesis of noncommunicable diseases in urban and rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am also interested in understanding the role of other factors and immune mechanisms.