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Prof. Dr. Ir. Peter Twumasi

Institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Department: Department  of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Science specialty: Plant Biotechnologist




Professor Dr. Ir. Peter Twumasi

Professor Dr. Ir. Peter Twumasi is a Professor of biochemistry and biotechnology in the Department  of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He obtained his BSc Biochemistry degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, holds Master's degree in Biotechnology, and PhD degree in Plant Sciences (Plant Biotechnology); both from the Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands.


Prof. Twumasi has served the University and the Nation in several leadership positions. He served as the Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at KNUST from 2017 to 2019 until his appointment as the Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) by the President of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, from December 2018 to date.


He was the Professorial Member to the KNUST Academic Board, a College Board Representative on the College Junior/Senior Staff Promotions Sub-committee, an Honourable Member of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and a Member of the Internal Audit Committee for Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council. He chaired the KNUST Nursery Board, and Chairman and Member to several statutory and non statutory committees nationwide.


Prof. Twumasi is a CV Raman Research Fellow in India; and as part of this he spent three (3) months at the Amity University in Uttar Pradesh, India, as visiting Lecturer/Researcher. His research endeavours in areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, microbiology, health and environment, and sports have resulted in over 60 publications. He has successfully supervised several hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate (masters and PhD) theses, with some outcomes published in scientific journals. He has written five books and tens of articles in dailies on science and society. His recent memoir entitled “Rising from the Farmhouse” was launched in 2019 by the Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. Prof Twumasi has won several awards including the 2014 Professor Samuel Evans Adunyah and Madam Abena Nuamah Award for Outstanding Accomplishments, Dedicated Service and Teaching Excellence in Biochemistry and the NFP Fellowship to attend 2016 Plant Variety Protection Course in the Netherlands.


Prof. Twumasi has been instrumental in mobilizing funds for the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology. He initiated the Laboratory and Office Equipment Transfer Initiative (LOETI) Programme which attracted molecular, biotechnology and food science equipment worth GHS 593,544.00 for the Biochemistry and Food Science Laboratories in 2009. Among the assorted advanced laboratory equipment included PCR machines, DNA sequences, centrifuges, rotary shakers, UV Spectrophotometers, DNA scanners, micropipettes, laminar flowhoods and chambers, etc. This significant contribution initiated advanced DNA and molecular research and teaching in the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology and other adjoining Departments at KNUST. Today KNUST prides itself to be among global leaders in making contributions to globally new frontiers in molecular genetic and DNA research.


He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), Alumni Association for Graduates and Professionals of Wageningen University and Research, KNUST Alumni as well as the International Society for Horticultural Science.

Prof. Twumasi was the Kumasi Branch President for the Ghana Science Association from 2011-2015 during which he initiated the famous GSA Kumasi Branch “One-day Research Seminar and Poster Presentations” which had its 8th Edition held in April 2019 in Kumasi. He has always been an active Member of GSA, supported the Branch activities in divers ways (including funding) and chaired a number of conference/poster sessions and press releases at both local and national meetings or conferences of GSA.

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