Prof. Mary Boadu was born at Bekwai in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. She attended S.D.A. Secondary School at Bekwai in the Ashanti Region for her Ordinary Level Certificate and proceeded to St. Louis Secondary School, Kumasi, for her Advanced Level Certificate. She graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi with B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and M.Phil degree in Analytical Chemistry in 1992 and 2000, respectively. Prof. Mary Boadu obtained her Ph.D. degree in Physics in 2005 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In April 2008, Prof. Mary Boadu was awarded a 6-month postdoctoral fellowship by DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, to undertake collaborative research at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
From September 1991 to September 1992, Prof. Mary Boadu performed her national service assignment as a Teaching Assistant at the Chemistry Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, where she conducted tutorials and practical demonstrations/sessions for students. Between October 1992 and October 1994, she was engaged as a Chemistry Tutor at St. Louis Secondary School in Kumasi. Prof. Mary Boadu joined the Radiation Protection Institute (RPI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) as an Assistant Research Scientist on the 1st of November 1994. She was upgraded to the position of Research Scientist in March 2000 after successful completion of her master’s degree. Prof. Boadu was promoted to the rank of Senior Research Scientist in January 2006, to Principal Research Scientist in February 2011 and to Chief Research Scientist in January 2015.
Currently, Prof. Mary Boadu is the Director of the Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI), of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. Until her present administrative appointment, she was the Head of the Radiation Safety Training Department of the Radiation Protection Institute, GAEC. Prof. Mary Boadu has held several positions in the Commission and acted as Director-General on a number of occasions when the Director-General embarked on official assignments outside of Ghana. She has also served on several important committees or sub-committees of GAEC, including (1) Executive Committee of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission; (2) Appointments and Promotion Committee of GAEC; (3) Institutes Promotion Committee of GAEC; (4) Research and Technical Committee of GAEC; (5) Finance Committee of GAEC; (6) Research and Technical Committee of RAMSRI; (7) Chairperson, Administrative Committee RAMSRI (8) Board Member RAMSRI, (9) Board Member, RPI; (10) National Country Programme Framework (CPF) (2011-2016) Committee, Ghana; (11) Member, Ethics Committee for Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana, Member, (12) National Cancer Control Steering Committee, and (13) Member, International Health Regulations Committee for Ghana. At the International level, Prof. Mary Boadu was one of the Plenary Speakers at the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition dubbed “OWSD-FUTA 2015: Role of Women in Science for World Security”, at the Federal University of Technology, from 1st – 4th November 2015, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria; Panel Speaker at the Conference “Promoting and Strengthening Women in Nuclear in Africa; Kenitra, Morocco. Spoke on the topic: Nuclear Applications in Ghana: The Role of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission in December 2019.
Prof. Boadu was one of the Chairs for the Regional Workshop on Strengthening Member States National Systems for Safety in Medical Exposure in Line with the Revised International BSS, 4-8 May 2015, Harare, Republic of Zimbabwe and at the First Regional Coordination Meeting on Strengthening Radiation Protection of Patients during Medical Exposure, 13–7 August 2012, Lusaka, Zambia. She was a Member of the Local Organising Committee of the 1st Pan African Chemistry Network (PACN) Congress on Agricultural Productivity: How the Chemical Sciences can help to Feed the World, 21 – 23 November 2011, Accra International conference Centre. She was also a Mentor and Speaker at the 2021 School on Radiation Technologies, World Nuclear University, (Virtual Programme).
Over the years, Prof. Boadu has successfully combined research and administrative activities with teaching. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NSAS) and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Medical Physics, School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS), University of Ghana, and the immediate past Coordinator of the Radiation Protection Programme at SNAS. Prof. Boadu supervises PhD and MPhil. students from the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS). She also examines theses of postgraduate students.
The research interests of Prof. Mary Boadu include: (1) Radiation protection and safety; (2) Radiation dosimetry and measurements; (3) Design, evaluation, and exploitation of synthetic diamond as radiation measuring tool; and (4) Epidemiological studies. She has also participated in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Technical Cooperation (TC) Projects and is the Project Counterpart for the project RAF/9/044, “Strengthening radiation protection of the patient during medical exposure. This project seeks to identify inadequacies and poor practices encountered in radiological procedures with the view to optimize and improve them for the protection of patient.” Prof. Boadu is also the Project Counterpart for the National Project GHA/6/017, “Establishing a Nuclear Medicine, Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy Centre for Cancer Prevention, Treatment, Research and Development”, Principal investigator of the National Dosimetry Audit Project in Diagnostic Radiology, Co-investigator, production of Face Shields as PPEs for COVID-19; Member, Governing Council of the Regent University College of Science and Technology, Accra, Ghana.
Prof. Boadu is affiliated with several professional bodies, including the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, formerly Third World Women in Science; Women in Nuclear Global, Women in Nuclear Africa; Women in Nuclear Ghana; Ghana Science Association; Ghana Society for Medical Physics; the International Radiation Physics Society and Fellow of the Ghana Nuclear Society and the Federation of African Medical Physics Organisation. She has participated in many International and National Training Courses, Workshops, Conferences and Seminars. Furthermore, Prof. Boadu has participated in many IAEA Technical Meetings and also served as a Scientific Expert to Nigeria to conduct Radiation Safety Training Course for the Staff of COTECNA Destination Inspections Ltd, CDIL Scanning Site, Tin Can Port, Lagos, Nigeria. The mission was also to conduct Safety Assessment of a mobile x-ray scanner at the Tin Can Port. Prof. Mary Boadu has authored and co-authored 47 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She pleasantly also has one patent to her credit.