Prof. Danso obtained his first degree in Botany from University of Cape Coast in 1989. He did two years National Service (internship) at the Department of Botany, University of Cape Coast, as a Teaching Assistant. He joined the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) as an Assistant Scientific Officer in 1992. In 1994, he enrolled as an M. Phil student (Botany) at the University of Ghana, Legon in 1994 and graduated in 1998. He was then awarded a nine month International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fellowship tenable in the Netherlands where he completed the research component for his M. Phil. degree.

In 2000, Prof. Danso was awarded Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue his Ph.D programme in Biological Science at the School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, UK. His thesis topic was “In vitro Conservation of Cassava” with emphasis on Cryopreservation of in vitro micropropagules. After his graduation in November 2003, he returned to GAEC as a Scientific Officer.

In 2004, he was promoted to Senior Scientific Officer and became the head of then Department of Plant and Soil Sciences until the creation of the new centres in 2010. He was again promoted to Principal Scientific Officer in 2009 and became an Associate Professor in September 2013. Currently, he is a Chief Scientific Officer.

Prof. Danso is an accomplished academician and a scientist. He is a member of the Committee that developed the curriculum for Plant Physiology and Tissue Culture courses run by the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS), under University of Ghana and subsequently taught these courses when the school started in 2006. He also used to be Part Time lecturer at the Department of Botany, University of Ghana, Legon where he teaches Economic Botany at level 400.

Prof. Danso was appointed UNIDO Consultant to evaluate the Banana Tissue Culture in Uganda in 2013. He is also an IAEA Expert on tissue culture and mutation breeding and have been on various expert missions. He is currently the Principal Scientific Consultant on the IAEA Regional Project, RAF 5076.


Prof. Danso has also impacted immensely to national development. He was a member of an Expert Group for Review of Draft National Forest Plantation Programme in 2012. He is currently serving on various National Committees and Boards including the National Varietal Release Committee. He is also a member of the National Seed Council and a board member of Food Research Institute of the CSIR.