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Tracy Boakye Serebour


DPhil student

  • Dphil in Musculoskeletal Sciences
  • Member of the University of Oxford Global Surgery Group
  • Rhodes Scholar (Ghana & Green Templeton, 2022)

An aspiring Orthopaedic Surgeon with an interest in the application of computational biology in the musculoskeletal sciences.

My research focuses on the knee, delivering a comparative single-cell and molecular portrait of Anterior Cruciate Ligament through the lens of an ancestrally inclusive musculoskeletal tissue data set. I am doing this work under the supervision of Associate Professor Sarah Snelling, Associate Professor Adam Cribbs, Dr. Mathew Baldwin, and Professor Angeliki Kerasidou.

This work seeks to deliver a comprehensive assessment of the common and unique molecular features of traumatic ACL tears, Osteoarthritis-degenerative, and healthy ACL that is representative across diverse ethnicities. This mixed methods project applies genomic and imaging methods such as single-cell RNA seq and Celldive to construct a single-cell atlas of the ACL as well as understanding the barriers to single-cell RNA sequencing globally. This work will drive the revolutionary development and testing of effective treatments to supplement ongoing tissue engineering efforts toward ligament repair. 

Prior to moving to Oxford, I completed my medical education and transitioned into a one-year Orthopaedic Surgery program at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology where my research focus was on developing and establishing guidelines to appropriately respond to atraumatic paediatric spinal cord injuries without radiographic abnormalities, especially amongst young girls in China. 

In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, reading, and collecting pieces of vinyl of my favourite records.