December 10, 2023

The Quiz Mistress for the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), Dr Elsie Effah Kaufmann, has been promoted to the rank of an associate professor.

Dr Effah Kaufmann, a Senior Lecturer and Founding Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Ghana, got her promotion some few days ago and it is with delight that we announce to our cherished readers the new feat Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann has chalked in her academic pursuits.

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She was promoted to Associate Professor by the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Ghana, Legon.


Prof Effah Kaufmann has become most popular in the public space for her role as the Quiz Mistress of the NSMQ, a role she has played since 2006.

As a researcher, she has undertaken works in Engineering Education, Design of scaffolds for tissue engineering applications, Characterisation of natural materials (e.g. cassava fibre) and Application of Biomedical Engineering concepts to addressing problems in the Ghanaian context, for example, the use of biomaterials in Ghana, and Engineering design.

The mother of two young adults was the recipient of the University of Ghana’s Best Teacher Award for the Sciences in 2009.

Currently the President of the Ghana Society of Biomedical Engineers, Prof Effah Kaufmann was Research Supervisor at the Department of Chemistry at Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States, from May 1998 to June 2001, after being a teaching assistant at the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, United States.


Dr Effah Kaufmann, in 2018, was honoured with the  National Society of Black Engineers’ Golden Torch Award for International Academic Leadership in recognition of her excellence in support of academics at the international level and exhibition of a commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

She is also the recipient of the 2017 Impact Africa Summit Laureate for Education in Ghana.

The award recognised her “exceptional and continuous contribution to science education in Ghana and for being a role model and inspiration to many young girls, activities which are vital to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5”.

In 2011 Dr Effah Kaufmann was awarded the prestigious International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellowship.


She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (BSE), a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and a PhD in Bioengineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

After her graduate studies, she received her post-doctoral training at Rutgers University before joining the University of Ghana in 2001.

An old student of the Aburi Girls’ Senior High School, the NSMQ Mistress obtained her International Baccalaureate Diploma from the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales in 1988 before proceeding to obtain her university degrees.

Source: Nana Kwame/



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