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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
February 10, 2018

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KWAKU BOADI AGYEKUM - Curriculum Vitae


School of Biological Sciences, 8707 NW 82nd Street, Apt #C Division of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Kansas City, MO 64152. 5007 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110. Mobile phone: 302-***-**** Office: SCB 412 Email:

Office Phone: 816-***-****





Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry/Cell Biology and Biophysics; University of Missouri-Kansas City; Kansas City, USA. Fall 2017. Advisor: Samuel Bouyain, DPhil.

Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology; University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA; Kansas City, USA.

Summer 2012.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; Kumasi, Ghana.

August 2003 – June 2007.

Professional Experience:

Graduate Student Researcher (August 2010 – 2017). Characterized novel protein components of the Drosophila and mammalian circadian clock using biochemical and structural approaches. Trained in laboratory of Dr. Samuel Bouyain. Analyzed Golgi phenotypes after dynactin p150 shRNA transfection in HEK293 cells using confocal microscopy. Trained in the laboratory of Dr. Steven J King now at the University of Central Florida.

Graduate Teaching Assistant II (TA) (Fall 2011; Spring 2012; Fall 2017). Instructed undergraduates during three different semesters of General Biology laboratory course. This involved Gram staining in bacteria, observing protists, fungi, plants under microscopes, dissecting pigs, worms, fish, crickets and studying their major organ systems under compound and dissecting microscopes. Graded assignments and final exams. Worked with Dr. Joseph Mattingly, Dr. Tamas Kapros, Dr. Grant Bledsoe. UMKC.

Science Tutor (August 2008 – August 2010). Taught high school chemistry, biology and integrated science. Ghana Education Service.

Teaching Assistant I (TA) (September 2007 – June 2008). Instructed general biochemistry laboratory, graded laboratory reports. Organized tutorials for biochemical engineering class, graded assignments, final exams and recorded both results. Served at the Department of Biochemistry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Undergraduate Researcher (August 2006 – May 2007). Undergraduate research: Comparison of the levels of induction of foetal haemoglobin by indigenously prepared Ghanaian concoction and imported therapeutic medications using rat as model organism. KNUST.

Medical Laboratory Technologist Intern (May 2006 - August 2007). Undergraduate internship. Performed blood group, sickle cell anemia tests, blood banking, analyzed semen, urine, feces samples, HIV tests, Hepatitis B tests. Did blood chemistry tests using modern instrumentations for certain markers for heart disease, liver disease, blood glucose levels etc. KWAKU BOADI AGYEKUM - Curriculum Vitae

Professional Skills:

Protein Design (recombinant proteins; chimeras; etc); Site-directed mutagenesis; PCR; DNA sequencing; DNA Cloning and Transformation, Protein expression (different types of bacteria systems); Protein extraction (bacteria and mammalian cells HEK293, COS7 cells); Protein purification (Affinity, Ion exchange, Size exclusion chromatography, Analytical SEC); DNA purification; Protein characterization; Ultra(centrifugation); Ultrafiltration; Dialysis; Protein refolding; Protein crystallization and Optimization

(Manual and robot); Freezing crystals; Synchrotron X-ray shooting crystals; Solving crystal structures

(Molecular replacement); Western blots, AlphaScreen and AlphaLisa protein-protein interaction; Biolayer Interferometry (real-time protein-protein interaction/kinetic assays); Spectrophotometry (estimate protein and DNA concentration); DNA and Protein gel electrophoresis; Bioinformatics techniques; Teaching and laboratory mentoring (many undergraduates and 1 master’s degree student currently doing PhD); Thinking; Research proposal writing; Scientific data analysis and presentation; Statistical analysis of data. Software skill:

Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Adobe Photoshop; GraphPad Prism;; Pymol; COOT; CCP4; PHENIX; HKL2000; EnzymeX.

Instrumentation and technological competence:

FPLC (AKTA; other high-throughput protein purification systems); (Ultra)Centrifuges; Confocal Microscope; Compound and Dissecting Microscopes; NanoDrop; EnSpire Alpha Plate Reader; Protein expression incubators; Microfluidizer; Sonicator; PCR machine; ForteBio Blitz System. Language Skills:

Highly proficient both in writing and speaking English and Ashanti Twi languages. Awards and Recognition:

Selected Presentation, 2014 Midwest Drosophila Conference, Monticello, IL

Department of Biochemistry Teaching Assistantship: (September 2007 – June 2008). This is a merit based National Service given to top students especially graduating with First Class Honors.

First Class Honors. BSc. Biochemistry, 2007. KNUST.

Dean’s Honor List: (December 2003 – June 2007): Maintained First Class Honors status from first year to final year. KNUST.

Overall Best Student Award: (2003 – 2007): Had highest GPA for my graduating class for seven out of eight semesters. KNUST.

Senior High School Scholarship: (2000 – 2002): Ghana government merit-based scholarship for toping my first-year science class for three consecutive terms. Scholarship payed tuition, accommodation and feeding throughout all of high school. Ghana Education Service. Publications:

Structure-function studies of FKBP-like proteins in the mammalian circadian clock. Agyekum B et al. In preparation.

Noncanonical FK506-binding protein BDBT binds DBT to enhance its circadian function and forms foci at night. Fan JY, Agyekum B, Venkatesan A, Hall DR, Keightley A, Bjes ES, Bouyain S, Price JL. Neuron. 2013. 80(4):984-96.

Receptor protein tyrosine phosphatases and cancer: new insights from structural biology. Nikolaienko RM, Agyekum B, Bouyain S. Cell Adh Migr. 2012. 6(4):356-64. KWAKU BOADI AGYEKUM - Curriculum Vitae


Agyekum B. (December 2017). Structure-Function studies of FKBP(L)s in the Drosophila and mammalian circadian clock. PhD Dissertation Defense.

Agyekum B. (September 2017). Angiosperms and Plant Anatomy. General Biology Lab (BIOL 109L II) undergraduate lecture.

Agyekum B. (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015). Structure-function Studies of FKBPs and FKBPLs in the Drosophila and Mammalian Circadian Clock. UMKC School of Graduate Studies Interdisciplinary PhD Yearly Presentations for Annual Evaluations.

Agyekum B. (November 2014). Noncanonical FK506-binding protein BDBT binds DBT to enhance its circadian function and forms foci at night. Midwest Drosophila Conference, Monticello, IL.

Agyekum B. (2012 and 2013). Structure-function studies of FKBPLs in the Circadian Clock. School of Biological Sciences IRSS Semester Presentations. References:

Dr. Samuel Bouyain (Associate Professor)

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Biological Sciences Division of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

5007 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, MO, 64110

Phone: 816-***-****


Dr. Jeffrey L Price (Associate Professor)

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Biological Sciences, Division of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry,

5007 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO, 64110.

Office: 410 SCB

Phone: 816-***-****


Dr. Xiaolan Yao (Assistant Professor)

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Biological Sciences, Division of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry,

5007 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO, 64110.

Office: 213 BSB

Phone: 816-***-****


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