A Ghanaian prodigy, Danielle Ansong, is making waves on behalf of the country in the United States.
Danielle is studying chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University – and hopes to follow her childhood dream of becoming a doctor.
“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, and I wanted to make connections in that field,” said Ansong who is majoring in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences and is on a pre-med track in the VCU Honors College.
“I was also interested in VCU because of how diverse it is. We have students from everywhere and that has aided in my education. I’ve been able to grow in knowledge,”
The Ghanaian also served as a research intern at Seattle Children’s Hospital, conducting malaria research in the lab of Alexis Kaushansky, Ph.D. Ansong chose the internship because of her interest in malaria.
“I am passionate about global medicine and global health. Malaria is the leading cause of death in children in Africa,” she said. “I do plan on going back to Seattle this summer to continue my research,”
She also serves as the President of the school’s African Student Union. This is her second year in that role.
Danielle also remains in touch with her African side despite growing up in America.
“I am very connected with my Ghanaian background. My siblings and I speak the native language of Twi,” she said, adding she enjoys making and eating Ghanaian food.
“My favorite is Jollof Rice, rice seasoned and blended with tomatoes, onions and peppers. It’s a red, delicious rice,” she said.
“My research draws me closer to medicine,” she said. “As I learn more, it makes me feel more needed in the field.” the Ghanaian-American added.