Bismarck Dinko is a Senior Lecturer in Parasite Biology and Immunity in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho.
PhD, Infectious and Tropical Diseases, 2013, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
BSc Biology, 2006, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
Following his PhD he took up a Faculty position at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana and with post-doctoral funding from Fogarty International Centre through the VECD Consortium (2015/2016) and the Wellcome Trust (2016-2020), he has built and is leading a Research Group working on the biology and immunity of Plasmodium falciparum sexual stages.
We are interested in the cellular and molecular biology, and immunology of malaria parasites, focusing on the transmission stages of P. falciparum parasites, gametocytes. The majority of malaria episodes in sub-Saharan African are caused by P. falciparum, which is more virulent than other species and causes severe forms of malaria. Gametocytes are responsible for transmission of parasites between humans via mosquito bites. We use a range of modern molecular, cell biological, transcriptomic, genomic and immunological approaches to understand fundamental parasite biology in an effort to use this knowledge to identify and develop targets for disease intervention.