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Kesego Tapela

Country of origin: Botswana Currently in: Botswana, Francistown General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Academic Background


2018 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
2011 Undergraduate Agricultural Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Sandi J.D., Levy J.I., Tapela K., Zeller M., Yeboah J.A., Saka D.F., Grant D.S., Awandare G.A., Quashie P.K., Andersen K.G., & Paemka L. (2024). Upper Airway Epithelial Tissue Transcriptome Analysis Reveals Immune Signatures Associated with COVID- 19 Severity in Ghanaians. Journal of Immunology Research, 2024 (6668017),1-13.

2. Tapela, K., Opurum, P. C., Nuokpem, F. Y., Tetteh, B., Siaw, G. K., Humbert, M. V., ... & Quashie, P. K. (2023). Development of an Affordable ELISA Targeting the SARS- CoV-2 Nucleocapsid and Its Application to Samples from the Ongoing COVID-19 Epidemic in Ghana. Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy, 27(5), 583-592.
3. Udoakang, A. J., Djomkam Zune, A. L., Tapela, K., Nganyewo, N. N., Olisaka, F. N., Anyigba, C. A., ... & Quashie, P. K. (2023). The COVID-19, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS: Ménage à Trois. Frontiers in Immunology, 14, 1104828.
4. Tapela, K., et al. (2022). Probing SARS-CoV-2-positive plasma to identify potential factors correlating with mild COVID-19 in Ghana, West Africa. BMC medicine, 20(1), 370.
5. Morang’a, C. M., Ngoi, J. M., Gyamfi, J., Amuzu, D. S., Nuertey, B. D., Soglo, P. M.,...Tapela, K…., & Awandare, G. A. (2022). Genetic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Ghana from 2020-2021. Nature Communications, 13(1), 2494.
6. Mensah, B. A., Ndong, I. C., Quashie, P. K., Guichet, E., Abuaku, B., Effah-Baafi, Y., Tapela, K ... & Ndam, N. T. (2022). Population-based sero-epidemiological investigation of the dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 21582
7. Udoakang, A. J., Djomkam Zune, A. L., Tapela, K., Owoicho, O., Fagbohun, I. K., Anyigba, C. A., ... & Amenga-Etego, L. N. (2022). Knowledge, attitude and perception of West Africans towards COVID-19: a survey to inform public health intervention. BMC public health, 22(1), 445.
8. Owoicho, O., Tapela, K., Olwal, C. O., Djomkam Zune, A. L., Nganyewo, N. N., & Quaye, O. (2022). Red blood cell distribution width as a prognostic biomarker for viral infections: prospects and challenges. Biomarkers in Medicine, 16(1), 41-50.
9. Djomkam Zune, A. L., Olwal, C. O., Tapela, K., Owoicho, O., Nganyewo, N. N., Lyko, F., & Paemka, L. (2021). Pathogen-induced epigenetic modifications in cancers: implications for prevention, detection and treatment of cancers in Africa. Cancers, 13(23), 6051.
10. Quashie, P. K., Mutungi, J. K., Dzabeng, F., Oduro-Mensah, D., Opurum, P. C., Tapela, K., ... & Awandare, G. A. (2021). Trends of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) antibody prevalence in selected regions across Ghana. Wellcome Open Research, 6(173), 173.
11. Owoicho, O., Tapela, K., Djomkam Zune, A. L., Nghochuzie, N. N., Isawumi, A., & Mosi, L. (2021). Suboptimal antimicrobial stewardship in the COVID-19 era: is humanity staring at a postantibiotic future?. Future Microbiology, 16(12), 919-925.
12. Olwal, C. O., Nganyewo, N. N., Tapela, K., Djomkam Zune, A. L., Owoicho, O., Bediako, Y., & Duodu, S. (2021). Parallels in sepsis and COVID-19 conditions: implications for managing severe COVID-19. Frontiers in immunology, 12, 602848.
13. Tapela, K., Ochieng’Olwal, C., & Quaye, O. (2020). Parallels in the pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 and M. tuberculosis: a synergistic or antagonistic alliance?. Future Microbiology, 15(18), 1691-1695.

14. Tapela, K., & Rahube, T. (2019). Isolation and antibiotic resistance profiles of bacteria from influent, efluent and downstream: A study in Botswana. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 13(15), 279-289.

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