In honour of Black History Month we will be recognising notable contributions to the STEMs from people of African origin. Today we recognise Dr. Douglas Osei-Hyiaman
Born in Ghana and product of St Peters Secondary School, Dr. Osei-Hyiaman is a Senior Scientific Advisor at MedConsult which is under the National Institutes of Health (USA). He holds a BS in biology from the San Francisco State University and PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Tsukaba. His research is principally focused on the mechanisms of metabolic control and energy balance in health and disease conditions.
Dr. Osei-Hyiaman has been hailed as the first to establish the role of endocannabinoids in fatty acid synthesis and oxidation in the liver disease, obesity and diabetes. Other works of his have identified the role of fatty acids in hypertension and factors that lead to increased risk of obesity. His research projects have also led to over 36 publications in internationally renowned journals, contributions to multiple books and presentations at scientific conferences.
Dr. Osei-Hyiaman has worked on projects in multiple countries and his continued role as an international scientist has led him to learn French and Japanese in addition to English, Akan and Hausa. He personally holds to the view shared by Albert Einstein that “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”