Dr. Kwaku Osei has been accepted into the 2019 CCTS Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Training Program. The CTS Training Program, as part of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), places UAB in an elite group of academic institutions that conduct broad-based clinical and translational research and provide educational programs for individuals starting careers in this type of research.

Dr. Nichols, assistant vice president for industry research development at UAB and Dr. Champion Deivanayagam, associate professor, said that Kwaku is a highly motivated individual, who has a steady approach in designing experiments and in interpretation of results.  It is our hope that he would not only personally benefit from this training, but also contributes to the ocular surface scientific community at large. 

Dr. Osei is a joint graduate student in the laboratories of Dr. Nichols (SoO) and Dr. Deivanayagam (SoM). Dr. Nichols laboratory deals with the translational aspects of the dry eye disease and contact lens related infections, and Dr. Deivanayagam’s lab deals with the basic science of bacterial adhesion and pathogenesis. 

He is uniquely fits into the common interests of both these labs. Prior to joining graduate school, Dr. Osei had extensive clinical experience as an optometrist in Ghana.  When he joined the graduate program, his intent was to develop skills for a future career in research beginning from the bench-side (lab) to the bed-side (clinic).

The CCTS training program that he has been selected for aptly fits into his career goals.  Kwaku is a highly motivated individual, who shows has a steady approach in designing experiments and in interpretation of results.  It is the hope of Drs. Nichols and Deivanayagam  hope that he would not only personally benefit from this training, but also contributes to the ocular surface scientific community at large.