Mrs. Marian D. Quain (PhD)
Principal Research Scientist (Biotechnologist)
Associate Professor CCST
Dr. (Mrs.) Marian D. Quain holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) Degree in Botany with Zoology, M.Phil (Botany – Plant Physiology) and PhD (Botany-Plant Physiology) from the University of Ghana, Legon. Her research interest is biased towards Biotechnology. She has expertise in tissue culture, cryopreservation, genetic transformation, plant physiology, molecular biology, aeroponics, Biosafety and Biotechnology stewardship. She has worked on the following crops: Dioscorea species, Frafra potato, Sweetpotato, Plantain, Banana, Cocoyam, Taro, Mango, Pineapple, Citrus cowpea, soybean, maize and groundnut. Her research focus is on the utilization of tissue culture for the production of clean planting materials of vegetatively propagated crops, 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 was 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 joined the CSIR-Crops research institute in 1996 and initiated tissue culture research activities. During her PhD studies (2002-2007) 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).
Dr. Quain has the following local and international affiliations:
• Ghana Science Association: Member
• The American Society of Plant Biologists: Member
• Research Staff Association of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
• International Society for Seed Science (ISSS): Member
• Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB): Member
• Gamma Sigma Delta Tuskegee University Alabama USA Chapter
Dr. Quain has 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 laboratory in a number of organization in Ghana. She has also trained technician and researchers both locally and internationally on the application of Biotechnology. Currently, she is introducing high school teachers in Ghana to biotechnology.
She is a Principal Research Scientist (Biotechnology) at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute, an Associate Professor at the CSIR College of Science and Technology, and head of the Biotechnology Seed and Postharvest Division of the CSIR-CRI. In 2013, she was adjudged the Best Research Scientist by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in connection with the Farmers Day Celebrations in Ghana.