University of Cape Coast

Dr Francis Tanam Djankpa is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences in the College of Health and Allied Sciences, University of Cape Coast. He doubles as Head of the Department of Physiology and the Chairman of the School of Medical Sciences Research Committee.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology (First Class Honors) from the University of Ghana, Legon, which he obtained in 2005. Owing to his passion and zeal to learn more about the functions of the body systems in humans, he proceeded to the University of Ghana School of Medicine and Dentistry (Korle-Bu) to study for an MPhil in Physiology and completed it in 2009.

His seasoned teaching and research experience started in March 2010 when he was first appointed as a Lecturer to teach Human Physiology to undergraduate medical students at the University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences. With a growing passion to unravel the mysteries of the human body focusing on the Nervous System, he successfully enrolled in the Neuroscience Programme at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Maryland, USA in 2012, where he obtained his PhD in Neurosciences in 2018. Since then, he returned to the University of Cape Coast and has been teaching Physiology and Neuroscience modules at the School of Medical Sciences to undergraduate medical students. Furthermore, Dr Djankpa supervises and mentors students at the University of Cape Coast while mentoring and supporting young Ghanaian graduates who have neuroscience aspirations by exposing them to molecular and cellular research to give them a strong grounding for further studies in this field. 

Dr Djankpa doubles as a Physiologist and a Neuroscientist with a keen research interest centering around the effects of environmental toxins on brain development and body functions; the environmental and occupational health of workers in pollution-prone industries; the effect of traditional head molding on brain development in infants; the pathophysiology of neurodevelopmental disorders and the effect of cerebral malaria infection on brain function. He is the lead investigator at the Department of Physiology Research Laboratory, which he established in 2018. The Laboratory focuses mainly on multidisciplinary research including Neuroscience Research. 

Dr Djankpa is happily married to Mrs. Gladys Djankpa and they have three (3) children.