Dr Awandare obtained a BSc Biochemistry in 1998 and MPhil Biochemistry in 2002 from the University of Ghana.
He enrolled for his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in 2007, together with the Outstanding Student Award for the best dissertation in his graduating group. Dr Awandare then took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, MD, where he worked for three years before establishing his research group at the University of Ghana in 2010.
In 2013, Dr Awandare led the establishment of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, which is recognised as one of the World Bank’s African Centres of Excellence for higher education.
Dr Awandare’s academic achievements include his role in the discovery of Complement Receptor 1 as a receptor for Plasmodium falciparum.