Benjamin Yaw Owusu is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences program at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a graduate research assistant at Southern Research. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Ghana where earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with First Class Honors in 2005. He worked as a teaching and research assistant at University of Ghana after his undergraduate studies. He later moved to Emory University School of Medicine in 2009 as a research scholar. He was awarded a graduate research fellowship to pursue a Ph.D degree in biomedical sciences at UAB in 2010. His research over the years has focused on hematological and cardiovascular diseases as well as cancer drug discovery which has earned him several excellence awards and honors.
In addition to research and teaching, Benjamin is passionate about youth mentoring. He is the organizing chair of UAB’s educational outreach program, ‘Discoveries in the Making’ and has mentored several students at different levels and from diverse backgrounds. Benjamin believes we are blessed to be a blessing by having a positive impact and making a difference in the lives of other people, especially the underprivileged. He is a strong proponent of nurturing, guiding and empowering the youth to discover their God-given purpose in life, developing their potential and living a fulfilling life despite the obstacles and challenges that try to hold them back.