Dr. (Mrs.) Marian D. Quain attended Mfantsiman Girls’ Secondary School (‘O’ level), Wesley Girls High School (‘A’ level), and 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, Biosafety and Biotechnology stewardship.
She has worked on the following crops: Yam, Frafra potato, Sweetpotato, Plantain, Banana, Cocoyam, Taro, Mango, Pineapple, Citrus cowpea, soybean, maize and groundnut. Currently as the leader of the Biotechnology team of the CSIR-Crops Research institute, 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.
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 produces 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: Member and Treasure for the Northern Sector 2007 - 2009
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 seven contributions to book chapters, 15 peer reviewed publications in local and international journals, 33 conference papers and two newsletters as well as laboratory manuals. She contributed advice and expertise to the running of the following laboratories: Tissue culture facility at the CSIR-Plant Genetic Resources Research institute at Bunso, BOMART farm tissue culture laboratory at Dobro, CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research institute molecular biology laboratory at Nyanpkala, and CSIR-Animal research Institute at Frafraha. 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 currently a Senior Research Scientist (Biotechnology) at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute, and as head of the Biotechnology Seed and Food Science 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 Celebration.