Mavis Boakye-Yiadom | clinical research | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Mavis Boakye-Yiadom | clinical research | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. Centre for Plant Medicine Research, Ghana


A dedicated herbal medicine practitioner and researcher with extensive experience in clinical pharmacology and traditional medicine. Holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, focusing on psychometric measures of dyspepsia patients. Also, possesses an M.Sc. in Chinese Materia Medica and a B.Sc. in Herbal Medicine. Currently, serving as Resident Medical Herbalist and Head of Department at the Centre for Plant Medicine Research, with a track record of regulatory and teaching roles. Actively contributes to advisory committees and holds memberships in various professional bodies, demonstrating a commitment to advancing herbal medicine and healthcare quality.





Educational Qualification 🎓

Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Pharmacology)Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (08/2015 – 09/2021)Research focus: Psychometric measures of patients presenting with Dyspepsia at the Centre for Plant Medicine Research Clinic, Mampong-Akuapem, Eastern Region, Ghana Masters in Chinese Materia Medica (Natural Product Chemistry)Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China (09/2009 – 06/2012)Research focus: Isolation of chemical constituents and rapid profiling of PhGs from the rhizomes of Cistanche deserticola Y. C. Ma based on modern analytical chemistry methods Bachelor of Science (Honors) Herbal Medicine Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (08/2001 – 06/2005)Research focus: Management of Infertility in Agrata Herbal Centre Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, Elective ScienceSt. Louis Secondary School, Kumasi, Ghana (09/1997 – 12/2000)Primary and Junior Secondary School, Basic Education Certificate Examination Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (09/1988 – 08/1997)

Work Experience 💼

Centre for Plant Medicine Research, Mampong-Akuapem, Ghana (02/2013 – Present)Resident Medical Herbalist and ResearcherHead of Department, Clinical Research Department (since 2015)University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana (09/2018 – 09/2021)Part-time Lecturer in Traditional Medicine for Third Year Physician Assistant studentsSt. Luke Natural Health Clinic, Tema, Ghana (10/2008 – 08/2009)Resident Medical HerbalistTraditional Medicine Practice Council, Ministry of Health, Accra, Ghana (01/2008 – 10/2008)Regulatory OfficerFood and Drugs Board, Accra, Ghana (04/2007 – 12/2007)Regulatory OfficerTetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, Mampong-Akuapem, Ghana (11/2006 – 04/2007)Intern Medical HerbalistCentre for Plant Medicine Research, Mampong-Akuapem, Ghana (09/2005 – 09/2006)Intern Medical HerbalistAgrata Natural Health Centre, Kumasi, Ghana (05/2005)Student Medical Herbalist (Attachment)J. H Herbal Centre, Kumasi, Ghana (05/2002)Student Medical Herbalist (Attachment)

Advisory Committees 🤝

Technical Advisory Committee, Clinical Trials of the Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana (Member)Technical Advisory Support in Traditional Medicine, West African Health Organisation (Member)Technical Advisory Support in Healthcare Quality, West African Health Organisation (Member)Research Committee of the Ministry of Health, Ghana (Member)Curriculum Review Committee on Master of Science degree in Medicinal Plant Research and Drug Development programme at Pan African University for Life and Earth Sciences Institute, Nigeria (Member)Review of Antimalarial Medicine Policy, National Malaria Control Programme, Ghana (Member)Technical Working Group to review monographs on medicinal plants (Member)Review of malaria case management guideline document (Member)Malaria Elimination Think Tank Workshop (Member)

Awards and Group Memberships 🏆

Member: Centre for Plant Medicine’s Oku Ampofo’s Conference Planning Committee (2023)Member: Centre for Plant Medicine’s Oku Ampofo’s Conference Reviewers Committee (2023)Member: Centre for Plant Medicine Research Risk Management Committee (2023)Member: Ad Hoc committee for the establishment of a Centre for Plant Medicine Research Herbal Clinic in Accra and other parts of the countryMember: GSDF proposal and implementation Committee (2023)Member: Centre for Plant Medicine’s Oku Ampofo’s Conference Science Committee (2022)Member: Communication Committee of the Centre for Plant Medicine ResearchMember: 45th Anniversary Planning Committee, Centre for Plant Medicine ResearchMember: Quality Manual Development Committee, Centre for plant Medicine ResearchMember: Research Policy Committee, Centre for Plant Medicine ResearchJudge-Science fair 2011, Tianjin International School, TianjinWinner-2009 Chinese Competition for foreign students in Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.Member/Secretary – Planning Committee for the 6th Traditional Medicine Day/9th Ghana Traditional Medicine Week Celebration.Member/Ex-General Secretary: Ghana Association of Medical Herbalists

Publications Top Notes 📝


Wang, T., An, Y., Zhao, C., Han, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Wang, W., & Zhang, Y. (2011). Regulation effects of Crataegus pinnatifida leaf on glucose and lipids metabolism. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59(9), 4987–4994.


Han, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Liu, E., Zhang, Y., Li, W., Song, X., Fu, F., & Gao, X. (2012). Structural characterisation and identification of phenylethanoid glycosides from Cistanches deserticola Y.C. Ma by UHPLC/ESI-QTOF-MS/MS. Phytochemical Analysis: PCA, 23(6), 668–676.


Han, L., Ji, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Li, W., Song, X., & Gao, X. (2012). Preparative isolation and purification of four compounds from Cistanches deserticola Y.C. Ma by high-speed counter-current chromatography. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 17(7), 8276–8284.


Han, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Zhang, Y., Zhang, P., Liu, E., Wang, T., & Gao, X. (2014). Separation and purification of two isomeric saponins from Albiziae cortex by High-Speed Counter-Current Chromatography and Preparative High-Performance Liquid Chromatography. Separation Science and Technology, 49(4), 594-600.


Thomford, K. P., Edoh, D. A., Thomford, A. K., Boakye- Yiadom, M., Yirenkyi, A., Attuah. K., & Appiah, A. A. (2014). Effectiveness of the combination of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta and Clausena anisata in uncomplicated malaria. International Journal of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2(12), 1367-1370.


Boakye-Yiadom, M., Han, L., Li, W., Zhang, Y., Liu, E., Song, X., & Wang, T. (2016). Chemical Constituents from the stems of Cistanche deserticola. Chinese Herbal Medicines, 8(3), 293-296.


Boakye-Yiadom, M., Offei-Abrokwa, D., Sapaty, C., Yeboah, R., & Ocloo, A. (2016). Retrospective study on Mist Diodia, as an antihypertensive. Journal of Natural Science Research, 6(24).


Antwi, S., Asiedu-Larbi, J., Martey, O., Quasie, O., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Ayertey, F., Yeboah, R., Sapaty, C. A., Offei-Abrokwa, D., Oduro-Mensah, D., Kumatia, E. K., & Ocloo, A. (2019). Safety and Effectiveness of Mist Antiaris, a Herbal Preparation for Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy. BioMed Research International, 2019, 2607872.


Monika Kopeć | medical chemistry | Young Scientist Award

Dr. Monika Kopeć | medical chemistry | Young Scientist Award

👨‍🏫Profile Summary

In 2018, I earned a doctorate in chemical science from the Faculty of Chemistry at Lodz University of Technology, specializing in the study of biological systems using spectroscopic techniques. Additionally, I completed a master’s program in logistics with a focus on supply chain management. With nine years of experience in chemistry, including managing research projects, I have honed my skills in team collaboration and project management. I have also undertaken various courses and workshops to enhance my expertise, including those in self-motivation, effective learning, and commercializing research. Now, I aim to further expand my knowledge and skills in research techniques and seek opportunities in leading chemical or logistics companies.

🌐 Professional Profiles

Educational Qualifications 📚

Postgraduate Studies in Data Analysis and Data Mining University of Lodz, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science October 2021 – June 2022 PhD Studies in Chemistry Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry October 2013 – September 2018 Dissertation awarded by the Council of the Chemical Faculty of Lodz University of Technology Postgraduate Studies in Forensic Biology University of Lodz, Faculty of Biology October 2014 – March 2016 Masters Studies in Logistics with Major in Supply Chain Management University of Lodz, Faculty of Management October 2012 – July 2014 Masters Studies in Chemistry with Major in Medical Chemistry Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry March 2012 – July 2013 Engineering Studies in Chemistry with Major in Chemical Analysis in Environmental Control and Quality Engineering Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry October 2008 – January 2012 Biologically-Chemical Profile High Comprehensive School S. Żeromskiego in Ozorków September 2005 – June 2008

Work Experience 💼

Lecturer Lodz University of Technology October 2019 – Present Responsibilities include experimental analysis, conducting classes, and research documentation. Postdoctoral Fellowship Jagiellonian University in Krakow January 2023 – February 2023 Engineering and Technical Specialist Lodz University of Technology May 2019 – December 2021 Duties involved equipment preparation, chemical reagent management, and ordering. Assistant Lodz University of Technology October 2018 – October 2019 Conducted experimental analysis, classes, and research documentation. Chemist Lodz University of Technology October 2015 – November 2018 Prepared reagents, conducted spectroscopy measurements, and provided technical support. PhD Student Lodz University of Technology October 2013 – September 2018 Conducted measurements using spectroscopy techniques. Apprenticeships Institute of Polymer and Dye Engineering in Zgierz District Police Headquarters in Zgierz July 2011 – August 2011 / July 2010 – August 2010 Hostess Cursor S.A. Sales & Marketing Services August 2009 – September 2009 Trainee District Police Headquarters in Zgierz June 2008 – September 2008

Trainings and Workshops 🎓

AFM Modes Training: Contact, tapping, ScanAsyst, Resonance Enhanced AFM-IR, Tapping AFM-IR, and Micro View Dates: 05.12.2022 – 09.12.2022 Laboratory Procedures Training: Operation and proper use of equipment such as the CO2 incubator Memmert ICO150med, laboratory centrifuge MPW 260R with cooling, and laminar chamber II safety class ESCO AIRSTREAM type AC2-4EB Dates: 4.10.2022 – 6.10.2022 Techniques Training: SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, and visualization of protein gels using Comassie and Stain-Free methods Usage of the Mini-Protean Tetra Cell, Trans-Blot Turbo, and ChemiDoc MP systems Dates: 4.10.2022 – 6.10.2022 Microscope and Imaging Software Training: Use of the Leica DMiL LED inverted microscope, Leica FLEXACAM C1 camera, and Leica LAS X software Quick Reading and Effective Learning Methods Course Commercialization of Research and Establishing Cooperation with Industry Workshop Team Coaching Workshop: Motivating Members to Achieve Common Goals Zetasizer and Nanosight Analyzers Training for Particle Size Measurements Training on the Use of Nanomaterials in Nanomedicine and Bionanotechnology Self-Motivation and Team Motivation Workshop

Projects 🚀

Raman Imaging of Human Cancerous Tissue and Cell Cultures (2016) Function: Project Manager Identification of Tumor Changes Based on Imaging and Raman Spectroscopy (2019) Function: Project Contractor Raman Imaging and Endospectroscopy in Oncological Omic Studies (2020 – 2022) Function: Project Contractor Analysis of Angiogenesis Process in Human Breast Tissue Using Raman Spectroscopy (2020 – 2021) Function: Project Manager Influence of Sugars on Metabolism of Lung Cancer Cells (2022) Function: Project Manager The Triangle: Carotenoids-Retinoids-Cytochromes in Cancer Progression (2022 – Present) Function: Project Contractor

Awards 🏆

  • Various Scholarships and Rector’s Scholarships during PhD Studies (2014 – 2018)
  • Platinum Medal at International Warsaw Invention Show (2019)
  • Award of the Rector of the Medical University of Lodz (2019)
  • Award for Scientific Achievements in Spectroscopic Identification of Cancer Changes (2019)
  • Award Supporting Scientific Excellence under the “Initiative of Excellence – Research University” Program (2020, 2021)

📚Top Noted Publication

  1. Title: Revision of Commonly Accepted Warburg Mechanism of Cancer Development: Redox-Sensitive Mitochondrial Cytochromes in Breast and Brain Cancers by Raman Imaging
    • Authors: H. Abramczyk, J. Surmacki, B. Brozek-Pluska, M. Kopec
    • Journal: Cancers
    • DOI: 10.3390/cancers13112599
    • Publication Date: Unknown


  1. Title: Raman imaging and statistical methods for analysis various type of human brain tumors and breast cancers
    • Authors: M. Kopec, J. Surmacki, M. Błaszczyk, M. Radek, H. Abramczyk
    • Journal: Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2021.120091
    • Publication Date: 2021


  1. Title: The role of pro- and antiangiogenic factors in angiogenesis process by Raman spectroscopy
    • Authors: M. Kopec, H. Abramczyk
    • Journal: Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2021.120667
    • Publication Date: 2021


  1. Title: Double face of cytochrome c in cancers by Raman imaging
    • Authors: H. Abramczyk, B. Brożek-Płuska, M. Kopeć
    • Journal: Scientific Reports
    • DOI: Link
    • Publication Date: 2022


  1. Title: Analysis of eggs depending on the hens’ breeding systems by Raman spectroscopy


  1. Title: Decoding Breast Cancer Metabolism: Hunting BRCA Mutations by Raman Spectroscopy
    • Authors: M. Kopec, B. Romanowska-Pietrasiak, H. Abramczyk
    • Journal: Photochem
    • DOI: 10.3390/photochem2030048
    • Publication Date: 2022


  1. Title: Hyperglycemia and cancer in human lung carcinoma by means of Raman spectroscopy and imaging
    • Authors: M. Kopec, K. Beton, K. Jarczewska, H. Abramczyk
    • Journal: Scientific Reports
    • DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-21483-y
    • Publication Date: 2022


  1. Title: Hemoglobin and cytochrome c. reinterpreting the origins of oxygenation and oxidation in erythrocytes and in vivo cancer lung cells
    • Authors: H. Abramczyk, J.M. Surmacki, M. Kopeć, K. Jarczewska, B. Romanowska-Pietrasiak
    • Journal: Scientific Reports
    • DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-41858-z
    • Publication Date: 2023


  1. Title: Raman imaging and chemometric methods in human normal bronchial and cancer lung cells: Raman biomarkers of lipid reprogramming


  1. Title: The role of glucose and fructose on lipid droplet metabolism in human normal bronchial and cancer lung cells by Raman spectroscopy

Diana Samodova| Proteomics

Dr Diana Samodova: Leading Researcher in Proteomics

👨‍🏫  Diana Samodova, an Dr at the University of Copenhagen, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Denmark. stands as a distinguished academic and researcher in the Biochemistry.

Diana Samodova, a dedicated researcher, has traversed the intricate landscapes of molecular biology and proteomics to unravel the mysteries held within ancient proteins. Her academic odyssey commenced at the University of Latvia, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Natural Sciences and delved into the photostability of nitrofurazone.

Driven by curiosity, Diana pursued a Master of Sciences in Chemistry, investigating antiradical activity kinetics in antibacterial plant extracts. This academic foundation laid the groundwork for her Ph.D. journey at the University of Copenhagen, focusing on “Mass spectrometry technology for palaeoproteomics.

🌐 Professional Profiles:


🎓 Educational Pursuits:

  • Ph.D. Thesis: Mastery of mass spectrometry techniques for palaeoproteomics.
  • Master’s Thesis: Probing antiradical activities in diverse antibacterial plant extracts.

🔍 Research & Expertise: Diana’s expertise spans bottom-up proteomics, peptidomics, metaproteomics, and multi-enzymatic digestion. Her postdoctoral role at the University of Copenhagen expanded her horizons into scientific project management, LC-MS/MS analysis, and exploring various software applications.

📚 Noteworthy Contributions: Her contributions extend beyond the lab bench; Diana’s research has graced prestigious journals. Notable publications include elucidating the oral microbiota in type-2-diabetes, muscle fiber heterogeneity, and even ancient enamel proteome sequences, shedding light on early primate species.

🏆 Scholarly Achievements: Recipient of esteemed scholarships like the Marie Curie ETN and EEA/Norway Grants, Diana has furthered her research while fostering international cooperation and knowledge transfer.

🌐 Outreach & Engagement: Beyond academia, Diana co-organized scientific symposiums, engaging with diverse audiences through laboratory experiments, hands-on activities, and scientific micro-talks, inspiring the next generation of scientists.

🔬🌟 Future Exploration: Armed with a rich tapestry of proteomic expertise, Diana Samodova continues her scientific journey, unraveling the secrets held within ancient proteins, and advancing the frontiers of molecular research.

Top Noted Publication:

Early Pleistocene enamel proteome from Dmanisi resolves Stephanorhinus phylogeny Published on 2019/10/3 Cited by 138

Enamel proteome shows that Gigantopithecus was an early diverging pongine Published on 2019/12/12 Cited by 98

Palaeoproteomic profiling of conservation layers on a 14th century Italian wall painting Published on 2018/6/18 Cited by 93

Chemical composition analysis, antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity screening of moss extracts (moss phytochemistry) Published on 2015/9/18 Cited by 87

ProAlanase is an effective alternative to trypsin for proteomics applications and disulfide bond mapping Published on 2020/12/1 Cited by 24

Multi-technique approach for qualitative and quantitative characterization of furazidin degradation kinetics under alkaline conditions Published on Cited by 9

Anti-Bacterial Activity and Online HPLC-DPPH Based Antiradical Kinetics of Medicinal Plant Extracts of High Relevance for Cosmetics Production Published on 2018/3/5 Cited by 7

Structure and stability of racemic and enantiopure pimobendan monohydrates: on the phenomenon of unusually high stability Published on 2017/4/5 Cited by 7

Chemical characterization and in vitro evaluation of birch sap and a complex of plant extracts for potential use in cosmetic anti-ageing products. Published on 2017/1/1 Cited by 3

Rugged large volume injection for sensitive capillary LC-MS environmental monitoring Published on 2017/8/28 Cited by 2