Ronald Bentil

Ronald Bentil

PhD Student

I received my B.Sc. from the University of Ghana in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology in 2018 working on the molecular characterization of P. falciparum protein PFD1100C as a possible candidate for a multi-drug malaria vaccine.

After my B.Sc., I worked as a Research Assistant in the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit-3 (NAMRU-3) lab at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, where I was involved in several vector surveillance activities across selected sites in Ghana.

I then pursued my M.Phil. in Applied Parasitology at the University of Ghana with my research on the molecular detection of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever Virus and Rickettsia spp. in ticks and determining the exposure of livestock handlers to these infections.

Currently in Dr. Luckhart’s lab, my research focuses on how biogenic amines influence malaria parasite transmission to mammalian hosts and the function they play in regulating the growth of the malaria parasite in the anopheline mosquito.