Dorcas Osei Sarfo

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Dorcas Osei Sarfo is a Ghanaian chemist and the first female doctor in Chemistry from University of Ghana


Dorcas had her secondary education from the Wesley Girls' Senior High School in Cape Coast.[1]She earned both her B.Sc. and her PhD from the University of Ghana.[2]

Dorcas holds a post doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Ghana 1999 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Ghana 1991


Lecturer with department of Chemistry University of Ghana

Professional interest[edit]

Western Africa Network of Natural Product Researchers (WANNPRES) Women in Science and Technology (WIST)

Research interest[edit]

(a)Natural Products Chemistry: isolation and characterisation of bioactive principles from medicinal plants (b)Antimalarial drug analysis: quality assessment of antimalarial drugs

Current research interest[edit]

a) Chemical and biological investigation of Dichapetalum filicaule, Dichapetalum madagascariensis (Dichapetalaceae) and Synedrella nodiflora (Asteraceae) b) Application of quality assurance methods to artemisinin-based and non-artemisinin-based antimalarial drugs

Awards and recognition[edit]

Dr. Dorcas Osei- Sarfo is the first female doctor in Chemistry from University of Ghana. She is also a fellow for the Western Africa Network Product Researchers as well as a member of the Women in Science and Technology (WIST)

Personal life[edit]

Dr. Osei-Safo is a Ghanaian, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Ghana. . Her area of specialization is Natural Product Chemistry. Her research interest is isolation and characterization of bio active compounds from medicinal plants and application of quality assurance methods to antimalarial drugs. Over the past years, she completed a number of research that include: “The Amide Constituents of Piper guineense Schum and Thonn, as potential anti-AIDS agents;” “Development of fasta analytical techniques for antimalarial drugs;” “Validation and Application of Quality Asurance Methods Developed for Selected Antimalarial Drugs in Ghana,” and “Pharmacovigilance on Selected Antimalarial Drugs used in Ghana, Togo and Malawi.” Dr. Osei-Safo works at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO),. She is interested in the extraction, isolation and characterization of bio active compounds from medicinal plants. “In collaborative research involving bioassay-guided fractionation, her role was to identify and carry out structural elucidation of active ingredients using physico-chemical methods, spectroscopic methods and mass spectrometry. She find the emerging in silico and DMPK technologies, including plant metabolomics which have tremendously reduced timelines within natural product research very appealing. It is Dr. Sarfo's desire to explore this area for phytochemicals with potential biological activities against cancer, malaria and other neglected tropical diseases to be followed by further investigation for lead- and drug-like molecules”. She has undertaken research on medicinal plants with anticancer, antimalarial, anticonvulsant, antihelminthic and antischistosomal activities. The goal of the anticonvulsant work was to develop a polyherbal anticonvulsant product as an example of utilization of natural resources for quality health. Dr. Osei-Sarfo says: “the activities will improve my capacity to carry out research into natural products beyond its status quo of isolation, structural elucidation and preliminary biological activity screening and in the long term contribute immensely to the strengthening of human resource and infrastructural capacity of African institutions.” Dr. Osei-Safo has also published a number of articles in well-known scholarly Journals such as Journal of Science and Technology, African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Journal of Medicinal Food, International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is also the author of chapters in Phytochemicals as Nutraceutical- Global Approaches to Their Role in Nutrition and Health, and Drug Discovery in Africa. She also has participated in conferences, seminars and workshops in Ghana as well as in Pretoria (South Africa) Nairobi, and China. She has served in a number of Boards and as a reviewer for the African Journal of Pharmaceutical Scineces and Pharmacy (SA) and the Journal of Biological and Applied Sciences at the University of Cape Coast


  1. "Wesley Girls High School - Past Students". Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  2. "Department of Chemistry : University of Ghana". Retrieved 2016-09-22.

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