Marian Dorcas Quain, Biotechnologist
Principal Research Scientist
Qualification: Ph.D. Botany (Plant Physiology)
Area of Specialization: Tissue Culture, Genetic Transformation, Molecular Biology, Aeroponics
Research Interests: Biotechnology
Tel: +233 248 228 255/+233 267 443 639
Station: Fumesua, Kumasi (Ghana)
Professor (Mrs.) Marian D. Quain holds a B.Sc. (Botany-Zoology), an M.Phil. (Botany – Plant Physiology) and a Ph.D. (Botany-Plant Physiology) all from the University of Ghana, Legon. She is a renowned biotechnologist with expertise in tissue culture, cryopreservation, genetic transformation, plant physiology, molecular biology, aeroponics, and biosafety and biotechnology stewardship.
She has worked on numerous crops with a focus on the utilization of tissue culture for the production of clean planting materials, germplasm conservation and the use of molecular tools for crop diversity, disease diagnostics and molecular marker assisted selection to facilitate current state-of-the-art breeding using transcriptomics and proteomics, as well as application of recombinant gene technology for crop improvement.
Marian served as a teaching and a research assistant during her national service at the Department of Botany of the University of Ghana, Legon in 1991 and also after her M.Phil. in 1994. She was a research scientist in charge of field sanitation at the Paradise Farms Ltd, Ghana which produced organic papaya for export to Europe (1995-1996).
She later joined the CSIR-Crops Research Institute in 1996 and initiated tissue culture research activities. During her Ph.D. studies, she carried out certain aspects of the research at the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal Howard Campus in Durban South Africa as well as the Tuskegee University Alabama USA as a fellow of the Third World Organization for Women Science. Under the Schlumberger Foundation Fellowship for Future Faculty, Marian was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Leeds University UK (2011-2013).
She is an associate professor with the CSIR College of Science and Technology (CCST).
Dr. Quain has numerous contributions to book chapters, peer-reviewed publications in local and international journals, conference papers and laboratory manuals. She contributed advice and expertise to the running of a number of tissue culture and molecular biology laboratories in a number of organizations in Ghana.
She has also trained technicians and researchers in the application of biotechnology.
In 2013, she was adjudged the Best Research Scientist by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). She is a 2017 Cochran Fellow, and has also completed (2017 – 2018) Africa Science Leadership Program Fellowship. In 2018 she received Award in Excellence in Teaching and Outreach from the American Society for Plant Biologists.
Prof (Mrs) Quain has the following local and international affiliations:
- Ghana Science Association
The American Society of Plant Biologists
Research Staff Association of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
International Society for Seed Science (ISSS)
Society for in vitro Biology (SIVB)
Gamma Sigma Delta Tuskegee University Alabama USA Chapter