Augustina Angelina Sylverken

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Local Coordinator

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
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Research interests: Respiratory viruses (Coronaviruses), emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, Viral zoonotic diseases, capacity building, Women and STEM, Antimicrobial resistance

Augustina is a Lecturer at KNUST and a Research Fellow at the KCCR where she leads the Virology team. She is interested in characterization of novel, emerging and re-merging viral pathogens as a proxy to viral zoonosis. Her PhD work focused on respiratory viruses in children and was the first to document the burden of Human Coronaviruses in children in Ghana. Later, as a Postdoctoral research scientist at the KCCR and the Institute of Virology, University of Bonn Medical Centre, she expanded her research to include the host switching capabilities and the transmission interfaces of Coronaviruses in wildlife, livestock and humans. As a Coordinator for the PANDORA Project at KNUST, she is interested in capacity building, one health issues, viral respiratory pathogens, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases with epidemic potentials and general scientific issues.