Derrick Afful, M.Phil.


Derrick Afful, M.Phil.

derrick.afful@uga.edu
Major Professor: Cory Momany

derrick afful

Education

M.Phil. Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Kwame Nkrumah Uni. of Science and Technology, Ghana

B.S. Biochemistry, Kwame Nkrumah Uni. of Science and Technology, Ghana

Research Interests

Broadly, my research revolves around antibacterial drug discovery. Our lab employs various structural, molecular biology and biochemistry tools to study various transcriptional machinery in select bacteria with the view to understanding the various structural interactions between the bacterial transcriptional factors, their respective ligands, RNA polymerase, and the DNA to which they bind. On another side, I am exploring small molecules (from plant sources) for their potential to bind and disrupt these transcriptional machineries and successes in this regard will pave way for the potential application of these agents as antibacterial therapeutics.

Of Note

Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) educational travel grant award for summer research training at Tufts University, Boston (2012)