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Student Profile: Anna Appah

June 13, 2022
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Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Anna is a goal driven lady who believes in seizing opportunities when they arise. She aspires to be an astute health policy research expert. Her graduate studies currently focuses on Molecular characterization of HIV-1 in Ghana. At the undergraduate level, Anna studied Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology and later pursued a combined teaching and research assistantship at the Biochemistry Department(University of Ghana) and West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Diseases respectively. Anna hopes to make a difference in health administration in less privileged regions by rallying together resources for these regions.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

SFU offers a world class environment for the pursuit of graduate studies at an affordable cost especially for International students. The mentorship expertise above all is worth it!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

In a nutshell, my research seeks to describe present HIV-1 subtype diversity in Ghana, identify circulating drug resistance  mutations in the country and lastly predict HIV-1 coreceptor usage using an algorithm that analyses sequences in the envelope region of HIV.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

My graduate experience has been exhilarating thus far! From the amazing mentorship, learning new techniques, meeting persons from diverse backgrounds! Its been amazing.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I have been privileged to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship as well as graduate fellowships from the Health Science department and look forward to many more exciting funding opportunities.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?

I have been privileged to have one of the best mentorship experiences ever and be engaged with a highly diverse community of renowned researchers who offer invaluable research expertise and training. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

Contact : aaa164@sfu.ca

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