The Department of Microbiology and Immunology contributes to the promotion of health in Ghana and internationally through the pursuit excellence in training medical students and promoting good quality research. The Department is made up of faculty with background and expertise in the various fields of Microbiology and Immunology. Our faculty has a lively blend of experienced and enthusiastic scientists involved in teaching, research and clinical work. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is keen on forming important collaborations with other institutions to address both local and international health problems. The Department as a whole and various members individually, are involved in collaborations with several institutions including Virginia Tech Carillion, School of Medicine, USA, the MRC Human Immunology Unit, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine and CERBA/LABIOGENE Research Centre, Ouagadougou Ongoing studies in the Department cover areas such as the genetic diversity of Rotavirus, HPV genotyping and malaria immunology.
The Department is mounting a unique graduate programme that expertly combines Microbiology and Immunology to address most of the infectious diseases prevailing in the world beginning from 2016/2017 academic year. This programme, it is hoped, will also lead to many more collaborations both locally and internationally.
In addition to teaching and research, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is fully involved in community service. Clinical staff from the Department coordinates the management of HIV/STI’s and tuberculosis in the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. Services they offer include STI Screening, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), diagnosing and management of tuberculosis and community-based activities which are carried out together with the Public Health Unit in the Hospital and the Department of Community Medicine in the School of Medical Sciences.