Research profile of Gustav Komlaga (PhD, PhD)

Gustav Komlaga is a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Health Sciences.          

He has established the antiplasmodial activity of some medicinal plants use in traditional medicine to treat malaria, therefore justifying their antimalarial potentials. They included Phyllanthus fraternus, Theobroma cacao, Bambusa vulgaris, Persia americana, Tectona gradis among others. 

He has also assessed the cytotoxicity profile of these plants so as to assure their safety in traditional medicine use. In his pursuit to discover compounds with antiplasmodial activity from plants used in Ghanaian traditional medicine to treat malaria, he isolated some chemical compounds from Phyllanthus fraternus and Bambusa vulgaris, some of which demonstrated remarkable antiplasmodial activity and therefore confirms the antiplasmodial activity of the respective plants.

Other areas of his research activities include the standardization of medicinal plants, through the provision of monographs, to make easy their identification at the macro and microscopic levels, and the establishment of standards for herbal medicinal products by developing fingerprints for quality assurance purposes. I have documented the medicinal plants used in Bosomtwe and Sekyere East Districts, and the herbal products used to treat malaria in the Kumasi metropolis, all in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. 

He has disseminated more than 15 publications in reputable peer review journals and conference proceedings, and uses his expertise to serve as editorial board member and reviewer for reputable peer review international journals including Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Advancement in Medicinal Plant Research, African Journal of Biotechnology, Journal of Drug Development and Clinical Trials among others.


  • PhD   in Microbiology (Parasitology) -2015.
  • PhD in Pharmacognosy- 2015.
  • Master of Pharmacognosy (Mpharm.) -2005. 
  • Certificate in Management of Drug Supplies: 2004
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.) -2000

Institutions Attended:

  • 2012-2015:  University of Paris-Sud II, France
  • 2011-2015: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
  • 2002-2005: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. 2003-2004
  • 2003-2004: Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. (By distance education)

Research Areas:

  • Plants used in traditional medicine for the treatment of diseases particularly medicinal plants used to treat infectious diseases including malaria.
  • Discovery of bioactive molecules from these plants, and also in the recording and documentation of traditional knowledge about the medicinal uses of plants.

Research Output:

A. publications

Komlaga, G., Agyare, C., Dickson, R. A., Mensah, M. L. K., Annan, K., Loiseau, P. M., & Champy, P. (2015). Medicinal plants and finished marketed herbal products used in the treatment of malaria in the Ashanti region, Ghana. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 172, 333–46.

Komlaga, G., Cojean, S., Beniddir, M. A., Dickson, R. A., Champy, P., Suyyagh-albouz, S., Jato J, & Loiseau, P. M. (2015).  The Antimalarial Potential of Three Ghanaian Medicinal Plants. Herbal Medicine: Open Access, 1(1), 1–6.

J. M.E. Dade, L. A. Kablan, T. A. Okpekon, M Say,  K.D. Yapo, G. Komlaga, J. B. Boti, A. P. Koffi, L.E. Guei, L. A. Djakoure, & P. Champy (2015). Cassane diterpenoids from stem bark of Erythrophleum suaveolens [(Guill. et Perr.), Brenan]. Phytochemistry Letters 12 (2015) 224–231.

Komlaga, G, Sam, G.H, Dickson, R. A, Mensah, M.L.K & Fleischer, T. C. (2014). Pharmacognostic studies and antioxidant properties of the leaves of Solanum macrocarpon. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, 6 (1): 1-4.

R A. Dickson, T. C. Fleischer, E. Ekuadzi & G. Komlaga (2012). Anti-inflammatroy, antioxidant, and selective antibacterial effects of Euadenia eminens root bark. African Journal of Traditional, Complement and Alternative Medicine, 9(2):271‐276

B. Accepted and Forthcoming Journal Article

Komlaga, G., Cojean, S., Dickson, A.R., Beniddir, A.M., Suyyagh-Albouz, S., Mensah, M. L. K., Agyare, C., Champy, C., Loiseau M. P. (2016). Antiplasmodial activity of selected medicinal plants used to treat malaria in Ghana, Parasitology Research, accepted.


College of Health Sciences
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
Department of Pharmacognosy,
Phone: 0207823018

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