Dr. Opeolu O. Ojo

Director, Research and Training/Chief Scientific Officer

Academic and Professional Qualifications

 

  • 1999: B.Sc. Biochemistry - Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria 

  • 2001: Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi,                   Nigeria 

  • 2005: Postgraduate Diploma in Science Education (Distinction), Federal University of                             Technology, Yola

  • 2006: M.Tech BiochemistryFederal University of Technology, Yola

  • 2012: AMRSC, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London , United Kingdom

  • 2012: PhD Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, United Kingdom

  • 2014: Chartered Scientist, The Science Council, United Kingdom

  • 2014: Elected Fellow, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, United Kingdom

Career History

  • 2015 - Present: Lecturer in Biochemistry, University of East London, Stratford, London

  • 2014 - Present: Director of Research and Training, Bioscience Research Education and Advisory Centre, Nigeria

  • 2013 - 2015: Research Associate in Diabetes, Diabetes Research Laboratory, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, United Kingdom

  • 2011 - 2014: Lecturer I: Chevron Biotechnology Centre/Department of Biotechnology, Federal University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria

  • 2009 - 2011: Lecturer II: Chevron Biotechnology Centre/Department of Biotechnology, Federal University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria

  • 2006 - 2009: Assistant Lecturer: Chevron Biotechnology Centre/Department of Biotechnology, Federal University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria

  • 2004 - 2006: Lecturer III: Department of Integrated Science, Federal College of Education, Yola, Nigeria

  • 2001 - 2004: Assistant Lecturer: Department of Integrated Sciences, Federal College of Education, Yola, Nigeria

  • 1999 - 2001: NYSC/Part-time Lecturer: Department of Biology, Federal College of Education, Yola, Nigeria

 

Research Interests

  • Bio-prospecting for novel anti-diabetic drugs

  • In silico drug design

  • Actions of structurally modified peptides

  • Role of environmental chemicals in the development of type 2 diabetes

  • Investigation of the role of reactive metabolites in late diabetic complications

 

 

Brief Profile

Dr. Ojo holds a first degree in Biochemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; M.Tech in Biochemistry from Federal University of Technology (Now Modibbo Adama University of Technology), Yola and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of Ulster, Coleraine, UK.  He has extensive professional training and research experience involving the use of cell-based assays in drug discovery/development for human diseases (including diabetes and cancer). His career started as a Lecturer in Integrated Science at Federal College of Education, Yola, Nigeria before his employment as one of the pioneer Scientists at Chevron Biotechnology Centre and a Lecturer in the department of Biotechnology of Federal University of Technology, Yola. Prior to co-founding BREAC and taking up appointment as its Director for Research and Training, Dr. Ojo was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Molecular Biosciences at the University of Ulster, Coleraine, UK. He is a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of The Institute of Biomedical Science, UK and an Associate of the Royal Society of UK. He is also a member of several professional bodies in Europe, America and Africa. He is a patent holder and has authored several book chapters and peer reviewed scientific publications in the general areas of biomedical sciences, proteomics, drug discovery, diabetes and cancer therapy, natural products and bioinformatics. He is a recipient of several awards including the Young Endocrinologist Trainee Award of the Society of Endocrinology (2012), O’Donovan Medal of the Irish Endocrine Society (2011), EASD Young Scientists Training Award of the European Society for the Study of Diabetes (2011), the Vice Chancellor Research Scholarship, University of Ulster, Coleraine (2009) and the Innovators of Tomorrow Award by STEP-B Project, Nigeria (2009). He is the Chief Scientific Officer/Chief Executive Officer of Cecejyde Lifesciences Ltd.

 

Selected Publications

 

  • Ojo OO, Srinivasan DS, Owolabi BO, Flatt PR and Abdel-Wahab YHA (2015). Magainin-related peptides stimulate insulin-release and improve glucose tolerance in high fat fed mice. Protein and Peptide Letters (In Press).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ayuba DK, Tella IO and Ojo OO (2008). Bioactive secondary plant compounds in the foliage and stem bark of Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehn, grown in Yola, Adamawa State. Journal of Research in Bioscience, 4 (3):111 -117

 

  • Ayuba DK, Tella IO and Ojo OO (2008). Determination of infochemicals and the phytochemical screening of the foliage and stem-bark of Senna siamea (Lam.) grown in Yola, Adamawa State. International Journal of Bioscience, 3(2): 107 – 111

 

  • Ojo OO and Ladeji, O (2007). Prevention of paracetamol induced-oxidative stress by extracts of some common Nigeria Trees. Biological and Environmental Science Journal for the Tropics. 4 (1): 65 – 69

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ojo OO, Jide-Ojo CC, Kabutu FR, Onyirioha N and Kyado SS (2006). Study of the antioxidative effects of lemon grass (Cymbropogon citratus) in rats. Nigerian Journal of Science, Technology and Environmental Education. 2: 51 – 57

 

  • Kabutu RF, Ojo OO, Kyado J and Onyirioha N (2006). Factors that control teachers’ effectiveness in teaching primary science. Journal of Science, Technology and Environmental Education, 2: 124 – 130

 

 

 

  • Tella IO and Ojo OO (2005). Effects of Azadirachta indica, Tamarindus indica and Eucalyptus camaldulensis on paracetamol-induced lipid peroxidation in rats. Journal of Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Environment. 1 (1): 86-95

 

  • Ojo OO, Kabutu RF and Kidah MI (2005). Assessment of the Effectiveness of micro-computer as a teaching material in teaching of sciences: A case study of Federal college of Education, Yola.  Journal of General Studies in Education, 1: 8-12

 

Contact Details:

Emails: o.ojo@breacnigeria.org; o.ojo@lifesciences.cecejyde.org

Tel: +2347039068056, +447576232187

 

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