Francis E. Mensah
Howard University, Francis E. Mensah.jpg
Born Porto-Novo, Benin
Nationality Beninese
Fields Physics
Institutions Howard University
Alma mater University of Abomey-Calavi, Howard University
Doctoral advisor Prof. Arthur Thorpe
Known for

Theoretical Physics, Applied Laser Physics

Francis Mensah is a noted Beninese physicist born in Porto-Novo in Benin. He is currently Lecturer and Researcher in Physics at Howard University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Mathematics[1]. He also attended the prestigious “Ecole Normale Superieure or ENS” where he obtained a degree in teaching Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Moreover, he obtained successively a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. from the National University of Benin cum laude. Francis Mensah obtained a DEA degree or Degree of Advanced Study in theoretical physics magna cum laude having done research on the mathematical integro-differential equations of Volterra in population dynamics. He later obtained a Doctorate in Sciences (D.Sc.) in Theoretical Physics summa cum laude from the National University of Benin. In his doctoral dissertation he developed a Unified Theory to describe the stationary rheological properties of the aggregation of deoxy-HbS molecules in a simple shear flow. He later transferred to the department of Physics and Astronomy at Howard University where he earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics with concentrations in Lasers and Lidar with Professor Arthur Thorpe[2].

In 2009 and 2010, Francis Mensah was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of the District of Columbia in the Department of Chemistry and Physics[3]. In 2008, he joined the Department of Mathematics at Howard University. From 2007 to 2008 he was lecturer of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Howard University. In summer 2006 and 2007, he was an instructor of Physics and Mathematics at Howard University for the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)[4] to prospective medical and dental students coming from all the United States of America. SMDEP is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Howard University. He was also instructor of Physics for the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) at Howard University Medical and Dental Schools in the same period.

Francis Mensah has extensively contributed in the development of mathematical models for the aggregations of sickle hemoglobin[5][6]. He also has worked on the interaction between laser light and liposome-dye complex[7].

On March 30, 2007, because of his hard work and his advocacy to sciences, he was inducted at Yale University as a new member of the "Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society" for the Howard University Chapter. Part of his research was presented at Yale University during the 2008 Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education. Francis Mensah is (or has been) member of numerous scientific organizations including the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), the APS (American Physical Society), the AMS (American Mathematical Society), the SoR (The Society of Rheology), Howard University Alumni Society[8].


Francis Mensah’s present research interests include theoretical physics, biophysics, biomathematics, molecular dynamics, stochastic processes, bifurcation theory and simulation of biological processes, mathematical models in medicine, laser, lidar, and atmospheric physics.


A Study of the Local Bifurcation and the Reaction Diffusion in the Polymerization of Sickle Cell Hemoglobin Molecules in Sickle Cell disease 03/29/2008, 2008 Yale Bouchet Conference, Yale University, New Haven Connecticut

Application of Mathematical Models in Biophysics to the Polymerization of Deoxy-Hemoglobin S Molecules with consideration of Local Bifurcation and Reaction Diffusion that occurs in sickle cell disease 02/27/2008, Howard University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

The mathematical model of Volterra in population dynamics: Application to the study of the rheological properties of the gel of deoxy-Hemoglobin S molecules Francis E. T. Mensah and Latifou Olatunji, 2007 NTA Annual National Conference-USA

Theoretical study of the Aggregation of Deoxy-hemoglobin S Molecules in a Simple Shear Flow. Application to steady rheological properties of Concentrated Dispersions Latifou O. Olatunji & Francis E. Mensah. West Afr. J. Biophy. Biomath ISSN 1840-5231. Vol. 1 (2005)

“Results of the nonlinear dynamics model for the polymerization of the deoxy-hemoglobin S molecules” Francis E. T. Mensah & Latifou Olatunji, Cotonou - Benin West African Workshop on Biophysics and Biomathematics, Edition 2005

Lidar Techniques and Remote Sensing in the Atmosphere: Understanding the use of laser light in the atmosphere. Francis E. Mensah. ISBN 1-4389-8272-0


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