The following is a life story as told by Dr Fredrick Ayivor himself. He obtained his PhD from The University of Texas at El Paso
I am Fredrick Ayivor from the Volta region of Ghana, and I am the first of three children. While studying science in ST. Thomas Aquinas Senior High School, arguably one of the best senior high schools in the sub-region and definitely the best day school in the country, I envisaged myself working in the health sector as a research scientist, with the ultimate goal of helping to alleviate sicknesses and diseases through innovative scientific research. Being a firm proponent of the notion that mathematics is the bedrock of science, I pursued my bachelors in mathematics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. In fulfilling my undergraduate requirements in line with my goals, I did my final research using mathematical optimization methods applied to the health sector to improve the distribution and supply of health care providers to maximize service coverage, minimize travel needs of patients, limit the number of facilities, and maximize health or access equality.
I later had the opportunity to travel to the U.S to further my studies in mathematical science. I took some courses in statistics and stochastic process in addition to the core courses of real analysis and the various levels of algebra.
With all these tools, I felt ready to pursue my doctoral degree to do extensive research towards my goals in a collaborative environment where I will be able to multitask without close supervision and contribute to team projects. I chose a field where my acumen and learning in computational science with specialization in bioinformatics and data science would be fully exploited and honed; that is, to be able to translate my thoughts through programming and automating biological processes.
My doctoral research focused on using machine learning and other statistical tools to develop models for identification and characterization of protein receptors towards alleviating tick-associated livestock diseases in sub-tropical regions in the world.
Now with my skills in data science and bioinformatics, I secured a job as a bioinformatician in the neurology department of Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, which is one of the best Universities in the world (ranked 9th in US and 22nd in the world of universities).
I hope to one day acquire my doctor of medicine degree in neurology since continuous Education broadens our knowledge, and this knowledge then opens our minds to new perspectives, ideas, beliefs, and cultures.
Congratulations Dr Fredrick Ayivor.
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