I am a biomedical engineer passionate about stakeholder engagement, S.T.E.M. outreach and entrepreneurship. I enjoy working on technical and project-based challenges at the interface of engineering and medicine, and translating research beyond academia. I relocated to the UK in 2012 to pursue a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Sheffield. Since then, I have lived and worked in Sheffield, Oxford, Hull and London. Prior to that, I worked as a Research & Teaching Associate in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Ghana.
I am the Project Manager for a multi-partner translational project that is using ultrafast, super-resolution ultrasound imaging to detect metastatic lymph nodes in breast cancer patients. The project brings together Engineers, Clinicians, Statisticians and Diagnostic Device Experts from Imperial College London, the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, the London In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative, the Imperial College Healthcare Trust and the University of Warwick.
Moreover, as the operational lead of the Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre, I manage projects and work with the four Co-Directors in delivering the leadership vision of the centre.
I coordinate cross-college research proposals and funding bids, and support academics to build networks that facilitate funding and attract commercial investment. Since joining Imperial College in 2018, I have contributed to several successful strategic grant applications, including the £1.6m Medical Device Prototype & Manufacturing Unit and the £1.3m Injury & Reconstruction Biomechanics Suite. I have also been successful in securing a number of grants from the British Heart Foundation, Versus Arthritis and others agencies
for the BioMedEng conference.
As the Secretary of the BioMedEng Association and Director of the BioMedEng18 and BioMedEng19 conferences, I have extensive experience in working with multiple stakeholders to deliver on collaborative outputs, and in organising large-scale engagement events.
Such experience stems from coordinating the official launch of the BioMedEng Association, organising the BioMedEng18 and BioMedEng19 conferences, the MSk MEC Sandpit Competition with the University of Nottingham, various steering committee meetings, regular MSk MEC seminars, and the Labs2Africa Programme.
I regularly liaise with industrial partners, international funders and institutions, academic collaborators and networks in the UK, the BioMedEng Trustee Board/Council, representatives from our partner universities, the UK bioengineering community etc.
I joined Imperial College from Sweatcoin, a digital currency-based tech start-up, where I managed relationships with key executives of health & wellbeing companies. Prior to Sweatcoin, I worked at Smith & Nephew as a Technology Analyst. As part of my role, I managed outsourced projects and coordinated alliances between the company and external consulting firms. I led product-concepts from feasibility to the intellectual property & prototype development stage, and contributed actively towards projects within the Research and Innovation team (New Product Development). I also explored opportunities for creating partnerships between the company and universities through PhD studentships.
I am passionate about S.T.E.M. outreach and have volunteered for several events in the United Kingdom and Ghana. I received the Sir Harry Kroto Family Science Award in 2014 for the Labs2Africa programme as ‘The researcher who has made the most worthwhile contribution, in a particular year, to science education of young people locally, nationally or globally’.
I have also been involved in teaching a wide variety of biological, medical and engineering courses to both local and international students at the foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
When I'm not working, you will probably find me designing and making clothing from African wax prints, cooking a feast or baking away.
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et al., Collagen and Mineral Deposition by MLO-A5 Late-Stage Osteoblasts, is Guided by the Fibre Alignment of Electrospun Scaolds, 22nd Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics
et al., A Tissue Engineered Bone Membrane for Cleft Palate Repair, 21st Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics
Tetteh G, Rehman IU, Reilly GC, Particulate Leached Scaolds for an in vitro 3D Bone Model for Implant Testing, 7th World Congress of Biomechanics