July 11, 2013
“The Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies of UMass Amherst guided me through the application process,” notes Afum.
Working under the supervision of Dr. Pauline Jolly, a UAB professor, Afum is assisting with research for a project examining the association between aflatoxins, a type of toxin created by the fungus Aspergillus, and liver disease. The team administers questionnaires and obtains blood and urine samples from patients diagnosed with hepatitis B and C at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. Using the data collected at the hospital they are examining blood samples in a state-of-the-art laboratory at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
“The experience thus far has been phenomenal,” says Afum. “I’ve had opportunities to impact the lives of the patients I meet during my one-on-one interview sessions. Through this opportunity I have developed an interest in pursuing an MPH in addition to my aspiration of becoming a medical doctor.”
Adds Afum, “In the near future, I aim to utilize my academic achievements to promote effective medical practices in developing countries and underserved communities.”