Nicholas Kyei


Nick Kyei, works as a scientist in the Climate Change and Health Group at PIK and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. He is a trained primary care physician with many years’ experience spanning clinical practice, research, training and education particularly in low-income settings. He is a graduate of the School of Medical Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST-Ghana), and also holds an MSc. International Health from the University of Heidelberg as well as post-graduate specializations in Public Health and Travel Medicine from the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow respectively. His research interests include infectious diseases, maternal, newborn and child health in low-income settings, and climate impacts on health. Nick is currently completing a doctoral degree in Public Health & Epidemiology at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and supervised by Prof Dr. Dr. Sabine Gabrysch. His current dissertation research focuses on investigating the potential role of maternal exposure to multiple mold toxins (mycotoxins) in foods for the development of specific adverse pregnancy outcomes – pregnancy loss, preterm birth, low birthweight and birth small-for-gestational age.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Heidelberg University 

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH) – Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany

  • candidate - Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2017 – present)
  • MSc. International Health (2011)

Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, Accra, Ghana

  • Specialist Diploma in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health - MGCP (2014)

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (2013)
  • Specialist Diploma in Travel Medicine - MFTM RCPSG ((2013)

School of Medical Sciences, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana

  • Medical studies [MB ChB] / MD Equivalent (2006)
  • Medical electives abroad at University Hospital of Umeå, Sweden (2005)
  • BSc. Human Biology (2003)


Since 2020     Scientist, Institute of Public Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin 

Since 2020     Guest Scientist, Climate Change and Health Group, Research Department 2, PIK

Since 2017     Doctoral researcher, Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, HIGH, Heidelberg University

Since 2006     Physician, 37 Military Hospital, Accra, Ghana

  • Deckert A, Bärnighausen T, Kyei NNA (2020) Simulation of pooled-sample analysis strategies for COVID-19 mass testing. Bull World Health Organ 98:590-598 doi:10.2471/blt.20.257188
  • Wendt A., Waid J., Müller-Hauser A., Kyei NNA., Sobhan S., Gabrysch, S. (2020). Do Hemoglobin Concentration and Anemia Prevalence Differ Between Capillary and Venous Blood and Between Analysis Methods? Current Developments in Nutrition, 4(Supplement_2), 922-922, doi:10.1093/cdn/nzaa053_127.
  • Kyei NNA, Boakye D, Gabrysch S (2020) Maternal mycotoxin exposure and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review. Mycotoxin Res 36:243-255 doi:10.1007/s12550-019-00384-6
  • Dela H, Attram N, Behene E, Kumordjie S, Addo KK, Nyarko EO, Kyei NNA, Carroll JNA, Kwakye C, Duplessis CA, Adams N, Garges E, Letizia AG. (2019) Risk factors associated with gonorrhea and chlamydia transmission in selected health facilities in Ghana. BMC Infect Dis 19:425 doi:10.1186/s12879-019-4035-y
  • Attram N, Agbodzi B, Dela H, Behene E, Nyarko EO, Kyei NNA, Larbi JA, Lawson BWL, Addo KK, Newman MJ, Duplessis CA, Adams N, Unemo M, Letizia AG. (2019) Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and molecular characterization of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Ghana, 2012-2015. PLoS One 14:e0223598 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0223598
  • Bonney JHK, Nyarko EO, Ohene SA, Amankwa J, Ametepi RK, Nimo-Paintsil SC, Sarkodie B, Agbenohevi P, Adjabeng M, Kyei NNA, Bel-Nono S, Ampofo WK (2016) Molecular confirmation of Lassa fever imported into Ghana. Afr J Lab Med 5:288 doi:10.4102/ajlm.v5i1.288
  • Kyei NNA, Abilba MM, Kwawu FK, Agbenohevi PG, Bonney JH, Agbemaple TK, Nimo-Paintsil SC, Ampofo W, Ohene SA, Nyarko EO (2015) Imported Lassa fever: a report of 2 cases in Ghana. BMC Infect Dis 15:217 doi:10.1186/s12879-015-0956-2
  • Kyei NNA, Chansa C, Gabrysch S (2012) Quality of antenatal care in Zambia: a national assessment. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 12:151 doi:10.1186/1471-2393-12-151
  • Kyei, NNA., Campbell OM, Gabrysch S. (2012) The influence of distance and level of service provision on antenatal care use in rural Zambia. PLoS One, 7:e46475