So, we’ve met the kids of Lab_13 Ghana but who are the Scientists-in-Residence behind the scenes?
The four SiR’s are in Bosomtwe to develop, shape and support the long-term impact of Lab_13 Ghana. These guys are on the frontline of Lab_13 Ghana and are working with 30 schools to promote a love of experimentation, invention and curiosity. Once their model is up and running and we have proof of concept, we can use the expertise developed through Lab_13 Ghana as a beacon of what can be achieved in other parts of Ghana, Africa and across the world!
Here, our two UK and two Ghanaian SiRs tell us a bit about themselves, why they took on this role and why they are excited to be part of the global Lab_13 Family!
My name is Myfanwy Owen, from London but currently based in the beautiful Ashanti district of Ghana and a Scientist in Residence for Lab_13 Ghana. Graduating with a degree in biology, specialising in biochemistry and microbiology in 2004, I immediately found a great first job in the field of bacteriology, and that ignited my curiosity to learn more. Following this I moved to London spent several years in immunology research and development, finally moving to fabulous world of bioengineering.
I am ridiculously enthusiastic about science and with my real thirst for knowledge. In 2012, I put my passion for science to good use, and joined the Lightyear Foundation Executive team. The organisation is brilliant and when the opportunity to join Lab_13 Ghana project, I jumped at the chance and took a 6month career break. Lab_13 Ghana is a fabulous collaboration between Ignite! and the Lightyear Foundation. The concept is brilliant and something I’m thrilled to be a part of.
As a Scientist in Residence for Lab_13 Ghana I am currently making boats, investigating mystery tubes and pondering about how the world works. I carried out a degree in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield and then followed it up with a Masters in Science Communication. I have been working in sci comm for about four years. I’ve been a researcher for a Discovery Channel series, written and produced science animations for Fuse School busked for the BBC and run workshops at Abu Dhabi Science Festival.
Before I left for Ghana I was working at The Physiological Society as their Outreach Officer putting on public events and creating hands on activities for science festivals, I’ll be back to it in September and I will be sure to take the Lab_13 ethos.
My name is Alexander Adadevoh and I grew up in a close-knit community in Tema, Greater Accra region, Ghana. I am the second among three siblings to parents who have roots in Keta (in the Volta region of Ghana) and Mankessim (in the Central Region of Ghana) for both my dad and mum respectively, and I had my undergraduate studies in University of Ghana, Legon, where I graduated with a degree in B.Sc. Biochemistry.
I have always wanted to do science, and after Junior High School, I chose to study general science in the Senior High School. Since then it has been science right down to the university. I was pretty fascinated about Molecular Biology during my undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and could probably look into Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering in the near future.
Really excited about Lab_13 because it seeks to make science practical and take the students down a path to enhance their creativity, nurture their curiosity and ensure that their understanding of science evolves. I happy and grateful that I have the opportunity to be part of this project as a SiR.
Saviour Okine is my name, 26 years and I am based in Accra, Ghana. I am a Ghanaian Scientist in Residence (SiR) of the Lab_13 Ghana project based in the Bosomtwe District. Prior to this project, I was on a contract term (which has ended) as a Research Assistant at the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. Among others, I engaged in a number of agricultural biotechnology researches since that is my area of specialization. I hold a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Agriculture, with my final year thesis centering on plantain tissue manipulation and multiplication using in-vitro means.
The transfer of scientific knowledge has been my long cherished passion and as such Lab_13 Ghana, is an ideal one to avail myself to help young and upcoming students appreciate science in its practicality. Lab_13 Ghana makes available a large array of enthusiasm, a refreshing passion and a new approach in the transfer of scientific know-how where student’s curiosities and interests in science are raised.
All of our Lab_13 Ghana SiRs can be contacted on twitter @Lab_13Ghana