About us

This was established in the year 2021 under the leadership of our distinguished and erudite professor of Eminence Professor JK Oloke in order to make Biotechnology as a sustainable tool in resolving diverse global challenges. This center is truly a  typical example of  a world-class R&D with numerous international scientists with global recognition in the field of Biotechnology. The major focus of this centers is to give a world class education, conferences, workshop and training, perform a world class education and to execute innovative research at the interphase of numerous discipline so as to produce high quality human resource in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary areas of biotechnology in a globally competitive research milieu. The center entails a team of highly motivated and renowned scientists with several years of experience and training from world renowned laboratories, Universities and Center of Excellence. The scientists possesses diverse cutting edge R&D expertise in the following areas and strong background in the utilization of basic and applied oriented broad thematic areas of Biotechnology such as applied Microbiology, Molecular biology and Microbial genetics, Fermentation technology, Protein science and engineering, Nanotechnology, Bioinformatics, Microbial taxonomy and metagenomics, Genomics, and allied areas like technology and business management and intellectual property protection and many others


The Center for Biotechnology, Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, shall aims to become a Centre of Excellent through groundbreaking initiatives, so as to  upkeep the advancement of Diverse Biotechnological  innovation that could help in bridging the gap between discovery and commercial success as well as to train the next generation of Biotechnology leaders as well as to create and pursue innovations that could help in resolving numerous local challenges facing Nigeria and the rest part of the globe



The Center for Biotechnology, Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, intends to become a center of excellence and a symbol of a top biotechnology institute in Nigeria where indigenous African innovations products will be mass produce in order to resolve diverse global problem facing mankind and the world in general.



  1. To provide research, teaching and training in the field of Biotechnology to undergraduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral students around the globe
  2. To provide training to private and public sector on the basic significant of Biotechnology in the Environment, Agriculture, Biomedical, Food industry and many other sectors
  3. To foster collaboration, research and linkages between upcoming young scientists and top leading scientists that have distinguished themselves in the area of Biotechnology across the world.
  4. To help numerous scientist in translating their Biotechnological innovation into a products that could help towards the achievement of sustainable development goals.

Professional Development

We have develop strong partnership with the government organizations, industries, leading research institutes so as to provide research symposia, professional development, community outreach, workshops, and lecture series for academia,  general public and the industry.



                                                         Distinguished Professor Julius Kola Oloke




Faculty and Staffs


Scholarship and fellowship opportunities

Publications and patents

Affiliations and scientific bodies

Nigerian society for Microbiology

Biotechnology society of Nigeria

American society of Microbiology

Nigerian Postharvest and Food Biotechnology Society.

 Memorandum of Understanding with leading Universities around the globe




Current book projects on Biotechnology


Next-Generation Algae, Volume 1: Applications in Agriculture, Food and Environment

by Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji, Julius Kola Oloke, et al. | Jul 20, 2022



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Next-Generation Algae, Volume 2

by Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji, Julius Kola Oloke, et al. | Jul 20, 2022



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Nanopesticides, Volume 1 (Handbook of Agricultural Bionanobiotechnology)

by Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji and Julius Kola Oloke | Jun 1, 2022



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 Nanosecticides (Handbook of Agricultural Bionanobiotechnology)

by Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji and Julius Kola Oloke | Jun 1, 2022



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Nanofungicides, Volume 3 (Handbook of Agricultural Bionanobiotechnology)

by Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji and Julius Kola Oloke | Jun 1, 2022



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Nanobioherbicides (Handbook of Agricultural Bionanobiotechnology)

by Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji and Julius Kola Oloke | Jun 1, 2022



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                                                      EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CENTER CHAIR

Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji (PhD, MNYA, MNSM, NBSN, MNBGN)

Visiting/Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology/Microbiology and Executive Director for the Center of Biotechnology, Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan

Contact +2348039120079


Short Biography

Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji is presently a faculty member at the Microbiology Department, Faculty of Sciences, Edo State University Uzairue (EDSU), Edo State, Nigeria, where he utilized the application of biological techniques and microbial bioprocesses for the actualization of sustainable development goals and agrarian revolution, through quality teaching, research, and community development. He is currently the Acting Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Sub-Dean for Faculty of Science, and the Head of department of Microbiology at EDSU. He is a Visiting Professor and the Executive Director for the Center of Biotechnology, Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan. He has won several scientific awards and grants from renowned academic bodies like Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) India, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) India, The World Academy of Science (TWAS) Italy, Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NPF) Netherlands, The Agency for International Development Cooperation; Israel, Royal Academy of Engineering, UK among many others.  He has published many scientific journal articles and conference proceedings in refereed national and international journals with over 310 manuscripts. He was ranked among the top 500 prolific authors in Nigeria between 2019 till date by SciVal/SCOPUS. His research interests include Microbiology, Biotechnology, Post-harvest management, and Nanotechnology. He was recently appointed as the President and Chairman Governing Council of the Nigerian Bioinformatics and Genomics Network Society. He is presently a series editor with Taylor and Francis, USA editing several textbooks on Agricultural Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Pharmafoods, and Environmental Sciences. He is an editorial board member of many international journals and serves as a reviewer to many double-blind peer review journals like Elsevier, Springer, Francis and Taylor, Wiley, PLOS One, Nature, American Chemistry Society, Bentham Science Publishers etc. He is a member of many scientific and professional bodies including bodies like American Society for Microbiology, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, Nigerian Society for Microbiology, and he is presently the General/Executive Secretary of Nigerian Young Academy. He has won a lot of international recognition and also acted as a keynote speaker delivering invited talk/ position papers at various Universities, research institutes and several centers of excellence which span across several continents of the globe. He has over the last fifteen years built strong working collaborations with reputable research groups in numerous and leading Universities across the globe. He is the convener for Recent Advances in Biotechnology, which is an annual international conference where renowned Microbiologists and Biotechnologists come together to share their latest discoveries. He is the president and founder of the Nigerian Postharvest and Food Biotechnology Society.

                                                                             Team member

                                                                            Dr Oladipo Kolawole


Dr Oladipo Kolawole received his undergraduate B.Tech degree in Microbiology; M.Sc. in Medical Microbiology and Parasitology (Virology Option) and Ph.D. in Microbiology (Medical Virology / Immunology Option) at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria where he specialized on infectious diseases caused by viruses and antimicrobial resistance. Presently, he holds a faculty position at the Department of Microbiology, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria.

Dr. Oladipo Elijah Kolawole is an International Fellow of India Council of Medical Research /African Union-STRC, experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Dr Oladipo has published more than 65 research papers in double blind peer reviewed national and international journals, authored a book and 42 conference proceedings at both national and international conferences, symposium and workshops. He has attended 16 international conferences, symposium and workshops and 18 national conferences, symposium and workshops.

His major research focus is on infectious diseases caused by RNA viruses, molecular epidemiology/surveillance, diagnosis, pathogenesis, and molecular immunology, viral immunology and oncology, viral computational biology, antiviral resistance, and antibiotics resistance. Also, into interspecies transmission dynamics of emerging infectious diseases particularly those caused by RNA viruses. His research is directed towards uncovering how host immune pressure and transmission affect the genetic diversity of RNA viruses alongside the understanding of innate immunity to RNA viruses with the application of molecular biology, bioinformatics, and immunoinformatics.

He received a research grant from CDC through IRR during his Ph. D. studies.  He has won various awards and grants to attend international conferences from bodies such as African Union, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, International Society for Influenza and Respiratory Viruses, TWAS SAREP, UNESCO, Wellcome, Institute of Endemic Diseases Sudan, African Academy of Science, PATH, Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS) and Kenya Society For Immunology (KSI), African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research [APCDR], by International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology [ICGEB], National Institute of General Medical Science U.S.,  National Institutes of Health [NIH], H3ABioNet, Nigerian Bioinformatics, and Genomics Network, Centre for Genomics Research and Innovation, MacArthur Foundation, EDCTP, UKaid from the British people, Medical Research Council, University of Glasgow, KEMRI/Wellcome Trust, Wellcome Centre Molecular Parasitology, iDeAL and Pwani University.

He has supervised many undergraduate students and a number of postgraduate students. He belongs to a number of many scientific and professional bodies such as American Society for Microbiology, International Society for Infectious Diseases, Society for Applied Microbiology, African Society for Laboratory Medicine, International Society for Computational Biology, African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, New England Bioinformatics Group, International Veterinary Vaccinology Network, World Society for Virology, International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases and Nigerian Bioinformatics and Genomics Network. He is also a member of The Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug Resistant Infection Consortium (SEDRIC).

He is the southwest regional coordinator for the Nigerian Bioinformatics and Genomics Network and a key member of African Vaccine Manufacturing Initiative, a continental initiative to advocate for strengthening Africa’s capacity to develop and manufacture vaccines.

He was class coordinator for the H3ABioNet Introduction to Bioinformatics Training 2019 at Adeleke University, which he is presenting the coordinator for the 2021 at Helix Biogen Institute. He is the founder of fast-growing genomic hub “Helix Biogen Institute {known as “Helix Biogen Consult”}.He is the team leader for the COVID-19 candidate vaccine that is currently on WHO draft landscape for all COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

He is happily married to a pretty wife and blessed with wonderful child.


                                                                    Dr Oni Emmanuel Abiodun



Oni Emmanuel Abiodun is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physical Sciences, He is also the current Head of Department with kin interest in ionising radiation specifically radon. He is a member of European Radon Association,   He obtained his three degrees at Ladoke Akintola Uniyof Technology, Ogbomoso. He has wide range of publications in reputable journals with high impact factors. He has taught many courses in Physics in different Universities within Nigeria. He has served in different administrative position within and without University.

Advisory Board & Management Team

Prof Ashok Pandey (DPhil, FBRS, FNASc, FIOBB, FIEES, FAMI)

Distinguished Scientist

Short Biography

Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at the Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Executive Director (Honorary) at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability – India. Formerly, he was Eminent Scientist at the Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali and Chief Scientist & Head of Biotechnology Division and Centre for Biofuels at CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum. His major research and technological development interests are industrial & environmental biotechnology and energy biosciences, focusing on biomass to biofuels & chemicals, waste to wealth & energy, industrial enzymes, etc.

Professor Pandey is Adjunct / Visiting Professor / Scientist in universities in France, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, South Africa, and Switzerland and also in several universities several in India. He has ~1350 publications / communications, which include 16 patents, 83 books, ~700 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 96 and >42,000 citations (Google scholar). He has transferred several technologies to industries and has done industrial consultancy for about a dozen projects for Indian/international industries.

Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and honours, which include Highest Cited Researcher (Top 0.1% in the world), Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science (2019, 2018); IconSWM Life-time Achievement Award 2019, International Society for Solid Waste Management, KIIT, Bhubaneshwar, India (2019); Yonsei Outstanding Scholar, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2019), Life-Time Achievement Award from the Biotech Research Society, India (2018); Life-Time Achievement Award from Venus International Research Awards (2018), Most Outstanding Researcher Award from Career360 (2018), Life-Time Achievement Award from the International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2017); Academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Austria (2015); Honorary Doctorate degree from Univesite Blaise Pascal, France (2007); Thomson Scientific India Citation Laureate Award, USA (2006); UNESCO Professor (2000); Raman Research Fellowship Award, CSIR (1995); GBF, Germany and CNRS, France Fellowships (1992) and Young Scientist Award (1989), etc. He is Fellow of various academies, which include Royal Society of Biology, UK (2016); International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2016); National Academy of Sciences, India (2012); Association of Microbiologists of India (2008), International Organization of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2007) and the Biotech Research Society, India (2005).

Professor Pandey is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India (; Founder & International Coordinator of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France (, Chairman of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (, Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology (, Honorary Executive Advisor of Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (, Subject Editor of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India ( and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals.

                                                                 PROF. M.B. YERIMA’S PROFILE


Short Biography

 Professor Mohammed Bello Yerima, an Applied Environmental Microbiologist graduated from the prestigious Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto-Nigeria where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology in 1994. He also obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Applied Microbiology (Bioremediation) from the University of Jos, NIGERIA. He is involved in Rresearch and Teaching Microbiology for 26 years now at University level. Now he is with newly established Federal University Dutse-NIGERIA. Prof. Yerima is the pioneer Head of Microbiology and Biotechnology Department, Federal University Dutse. He has published sixty-one peer reviewed articles in both foreign and local journals. He also has to his credit over ninety Conference/Workshop papers which he had presented both locally and internationally. Prof. Yerima served several committees at the departmental, Faculty and Senate levels. He served as an external examiner to more than thirty postgraduate students in different Universities. He also served as External Assessor to about twelve candidates who aspired for promotion to Professorial cadre. Prof. Yerima has supervised thirty Masters students and two Ph.D. Students both of whom are at various stages of completion. He has to his credit over ninety undergraduate supervision in research projects. Yerima is a recipient of many academic awards locally. His area of research interest is Environmental Microbiology/Biotechnology (Bioremediation and Algal Biotechnology). Recently he is well disposed with Microbial Genomics. Yerima is both the current President of Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN) and Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM). He is a Fellow of Nigerian Society for Microbiology and also a Fellow of Biotechnology Society of Nigeria. He is also a member of academic Societies home and abroad. He is a member of the prestigious BIT Life Sciences, China and recognized as one of the Nigerian experts on Biotechnology. Prof. Yerima is a member Governing Boards of two prominent Agencies of his field in Nigeria; National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) and National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA). As part of his contribution to Biotechnology sphere in Nigeria, he floated a private company-YeriMBel NextGen Technologies  where he serves as MD/CEO.


                                                               Professor Ajit Varma

Gp.Dy.VC / Distinguished Scientist & Professor of Eminence

Amity Institute of Microbial Technology

Short Biography

Prof. Dr. Ajit Varma Distinguished Scientist & Professor of Eminence, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology (Amity University Uttar Pradesh) & Vice Chairman, Amity Science, Technology & Innovation Foundation Chair, Faculty Research Committee (FRC), Biosciences & Biotechnology Amity Campus, Sector 125, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India E-mail: Qualification: M.Sc. (1959), Ph. D. (1964), Allahabad University, Allahabad, India Professional Experience -Microbiologist (Assistant Professor) IARI, New Delhi 1963-1971 -Senior Microbiologist (Associate Professor) IARI, New Delhi 1971-1974 -Associate Professor, JNU, New Delhi 1975-1984 -Professor, JNU, New Delhi 1985-2004 -Distinguished Scientist & Professor of Eminence, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology (Amity University), Noida (adjacent to Delhi); since September 2004 -Director, Rootonic Pvt Ltd Delhi (since 2012) -Board of Directors, Prathista Industries Limited, Secunderabad (since 2013)

Prof. Dr. SABU THOMAS PhD, FRSC (UK), DSc (UL,France), DSc(UBS,France)


Vice Chancellor,

Mahatma Gandhi University,

Priyadarshini Hills, Kottayam, Kerala, India -686 560

Director, School of Energy Materilas &

Former Director,School of Chemical Sciences &Founder Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India -686 560

Tel:  +91 – 481 – 2590357 (Res) +91 – 9447223452 (Mob)

Skype: sabu.thomas48

Short Biography

 Professor Sabu Thomas is currently the Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.  He is also the Director of School of Energy Materials and the Founder Director and Professor of the International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and former Director of School of Chemical Sciences.

Prof. Sabu Thomas is one of India’s most renowned scientists known for his contributions in polymer science and nanotechnology. He is an outstanding researcher, administrator and an excellent teacher who has students all over the world.  He had his bachelor’s degree from Cochin University of Science and Technology in 1983  and Ph.D in 1987 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India under the guidance of Prof. S K De and Prof. BR Gupta. After short stint in a multinational company, Bayer India Ltd,  Prof. Thomas joined Mahatma Gandhi University as a Lecturer in 1987. Later he became Reader in the same University and a  full Professor in 1997.  Prof. Thomas is  now an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaims for his work in polymer science, polymer nanocomposites, elastomers, polymer blends, interpenetrating polymer networks, polymer membranes,  nanoscience,  nanomedicine and green nanotechnology.  Prof. Thomas has established a state of the art laboratory in the area of polymer science and nanoscience by securing mega grants from  a large number of funding agencies in India and abroad which include  DST India, CSIR India, DBT India, ISRO India, BRNS India, Dept of Electronics India, UGC India, AICTE India, DRDO India,  MRF Tyres India,  Apollo Tyres, India, TWAS Italy,  Du Pont USA and General Cables USA. Prof. Thomas had several international collaboration which include DST/DAAD, DST/South Africa, DST/Italy, DST/Croatia, DST/KBN Poland, India/Sweden and  India/France under PICS. Very recently under the leadership of Prof. Thomas, his research group bagged 4 multimillion SPARC (Scheme for the Promotion of Academic Research Collaboration)     projects to collaborate with France, Israel, UK, USA and Singapore.  Dr. Thomas’s ground breaking inventions in polymer science, polymer nanocomposites, polymer blends, green bio-nano-technological and nano-biomedical sciences, have made transformative differences in the development of new materials for automotive, space, housing, EMI shielding   and biomedical fields. In collaboration with India’s premier tyre company, Apollo Tyres, Professor Thomas’s group invented new high performance barrier rubber nanocomposite membranes for  inner tubes and inner liners for tyres.

Professor Thomas  has received a number of national and international awards which include: Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London FRSC, Distinguished Professorship from Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, MRSI medal, Nano Tech Medal, CRSI medal, Distinguished Faculty Award, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Scientific Excellence – 2016,Mahatma Gandhi University- Award for  Outstanding Contribution –Nov. 2016, Lifetime Achievement Award of the Malaysian Polymer Group, Indian Nano Biologists  award 2017 and  SukumarMaithy Award  for the best polymer researcher in the country. He is in the list of most productive researchers in India and holds a position of No.5. Because of the outstanding contributions to the field of nanoscience and polymer science and engineering, Prof. Thomas has been conferred Honoris Causa (D.Sc) Doctorate by the University of South Brittany, Lorient, France and University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. Very recently, Prof. Thomas has been awarded Senior Fulbright Fellowship to visit 20 Universities in the US and he received the most productive faculty award in the domain Materials Sciences.  He was also awarded with National Education Leadership Award – 2017 for Excellence in Education. Prof Thomas also won 6th contest of “mega-grants” in the grant competition of the Government of the Russian Federation (Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation) designed to support research projects implemented under the supervision of the world’s leading scientists. He has been honoured with Faculty Research Award of India’s brightest minds in the field of academic research in May 2018Professor Thomas was awarded with Trila – Academician of The Year in June 2018 acknowledging his contribution to tyre industry. In 2019 Professor Thomas has been selected as a member of Prestigious European Academy of Sciences. Last year he was honoured with C.N.R Rao Award Prize Lecture in Advanced Materials” by Materials Research Society of India (MRSI). He was also selected as the Fellow of International Academy of Physical Sciences and was honoured with Life Time Achievement award from Indian Association of Solid-State Chemists and Allied Scientists (ISCAS).  Last year he was selected for the DST Nano mission award and was selected for the “Honoured Professor of Siberian Federal University, Russia”. This is his third Honoris Causa from a foreign University. Very recently he was honoured with Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM) Sweden. This year he was awarded with Bailey Medal Award 2021 and Kairali Lifetime Research Award 2021 by Kerala Government. Prof. Thomas has excellent publication track record. Professor Thomas has published over 1200 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. He has co-edited 150 books published by Royal Society, Wiley, Wood head, Elsevier, CRC Press, Springer, and Nova etc. He is the inventor of 15 patents. The H index of Prof. Thomas is 115 and has more than 62,000 citations. Prof. Thomas has delivered over 350 Plenary/Inaugural and Invited lectures in national/international meetings over 30 countries. Prof. Thomas has been ranked by the Sandford University, USA  last year among the top researchers in the filed of Polymer Science.

Prof. Thomas is a great educationist, institution builder and a man of conviction. He is  the founder Director of School of Technology and Applied Sciences, International  and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience  and  Nanotechnology and School of Energy Materials.   Being a part of the academic system for more than 33 years, Prof. Thomas, with his competence and ability, along with the academic and administrative team members has transformed Mahatma Gandhi University into a top University in the country, where excellent outcome-based education (teaching, research, extension) is imparted to the students for their holistic development. He has also developed inter disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach in teaching and research so that the progress in every field can support directly or indirectly the growth and development of all disciplines. He possesses exceptional organizational leadership and has  a strong operational approach that ensures the successful implementation of  new strategies and always alert to new developments in education and promotes high level academic standards. Under his leadership, now the University has been ranked 713 in the world University ranking  and 154 in the Asian Ranking by TIMES.


Brief Profile of Professor Ebenezer Olatunde Farombi, PhD (Ibadan)


Short Biography

 Ebenezer Olatunde, FAS, FAAS, FRSC, ATS, FNSBMB, FAMedS is a Professor of Biochemistry and Toxicology at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. A quondam Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, he is currently the Director, Molecular Drug Metabolism and Toxicology Laboratories in the University. He is also the President of the Forum of Nigerian Toxicologists (FONTOX) and Vice President, Society for Free Radical Research Africa (SFRR-Africa). He is the immediate past Public Affairs Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) and member of the Governing Council of this Apex Scientific body in Nigeria.

Professor Farombi’s cherished academic career in the University has spanned 33 years. After successful completion of his PhD programme, he proceeded to the University of Liverpool, England under the World Bank Project Staff Development Programme for Postdoctoral training with Dr. George Britton, a distinguished scholar and former President of International Carotenoid Society, as his preceptor. He had another UNESCO-MCBN sponsored Postdoctoral training in Denmark between where he worked with three academic giants in the field of Chemical Carcinogenesis—Dr. Lars Dragsted of the Institute of Food Safety and Toxicology, Soborg, Professor Steffen Loft, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen and Professor Herman Autrup  (former President of International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX)) of the Department of Environmental Health, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Professor Farombi was at different times Visiting Professor to the National Research Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention, Seoul National University, South Korea (2005/2006); the Department of Nutritional Toxicology, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany (2007); College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, USA (2009, 2010-2017); Cape Peninsular University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa (2011); University of Chicago Medical School, USA (2011); Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (2014), China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing China (2015) and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta USA (2019). Professor Farombi has extensive and expanded international networks as his engagement in interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary with translational impact, has resulted in collaboration and networking with over 100 scientists across the globe in world-class institutions.

Undoubtedly, Professor Farombi has exceled and distinguished himself nationally and internationally in research. His research areas over the past 25 years have been on Molecular Toxicology, Cellular Oxidative Stress Mechanisms, Reproductive and Environmental Toxicology, Antioxidant Redox Biochemistry, Nutraceuticals as Prophylactic agents and Nutrigenomics as well as natural product Biotechnology. He is known Nationally and Internationally for his novel works on the elucidation of the Biochemical and Molecular Mechanisms of Chemoprevention of Phytochemicals. For instance, he has led national, regional and international research works on characterizing Garcinia kola (Bitter kola) of the Guttiferae family and derived phytochemicals as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive agents. Recent advances in Garcinia kola research by Professor Farombi led to the patenting of 4 Novel Chemopreventive compounds from Bitter kola with translational role in the health sector for the management of certain diseases such as viral infections, respiratory illnesses, heart-related disorders and diabetes. In totality, his translational works have developed and uniquely promoted indigenous knowledge and new therapeutic signatures relevant in disease conditions such as viral infections, liver disorder and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

Globally especially in research in the field of Biochemistry, Toxicology and Chemoprevention of diseases with natural products, Professor Farombi naturally commands respect and recognition for blazing the trail of research excellence. For instance, in 2005, he was cited and listed among top 10 productive researchers in the University of Ibadan who contributed research articles within a 10 year frame (1995-June 2005) (SESRTCIC, – and ten years later, following the February 2015 Webometric Ranking of Nigerian Scientists, he was top-rated (ranked number 1 Nigerian scientist). Ever since, he has been consistently ranked and listed among top Nigerian researchers selected for exceptional research performance and output. In the Top 500 Authors by Scholarly output in Nigeria over the period 2014-2019 by International SciVal Elsevier body, he was Top rated. In the US-based Stanford University World ranking of scientists (2021), he was ranked among Top 2% World Scientists, Top 1% of 45,124 Toxicologists in the World and Number 1 (one) Toxicologist in Nigeria. Most recent is the AD Scientific Index Ranking of World Scientists and Universities (2021) in which he was ranked best scientist in the University of Ibadan.

He is a recipient of several International Fellowships and Grants including: UNESCO/MCBN (1998); IUBMB (1998, 2003); WHO/TDR (1998) Fellowships; Danish Research Council Grant (2002); Lady Bank-Anthony Cancer Research Grant (2004), Seoul National University, Korea Visiting Professorship Grant (2005), the MacArthur Foundation Grant for Multidisciplinary Team Research on Chemoprevention (2009), The MacArthur Foundation Grant for Specialized Linkages in the special area of Biotechnology and Medicinal Chemistry (2008, 2009). A Toxicologist of note, Professor Farombi was the winner and recipient by open international competition of the 2014 SOT Global Senior Toxicology Award for his outstanding contribution to the Science of Toxicology being the first Toxicologist from the University of Ibadan to win this international award.

 Professor Farombi is very rich in “Academic currency”. A very effective, productive and innovative researcher, supervisor and mentor, he has supervised 120 BSc, 200 MSc and 25 PhD students in Biochemistry and Toxicology. He had the singular honor of supervising the adjudged best PhD Thesis in the discipline of Basic Medical Sciences within the Nigeria University system during 2009 assessment by NUC. More recently, he has supervised the best PhD Thesis in the University of Ibadan in 2018, which won two distinguished prizes.  Professor Farombi has authored and co-authored 285 scientific articles in reputable international journals, 18 chapters in books and edited a book titled “Nutritional Antioxidants in Cancer and Degenerative Diseases” with contributors from Nigeria, Cameroon, USA, Mauritius, South Africa, Japan and Denmark.  His publications are well read and highly cited with H index of 54, i10-index of 205 and 12,000 citations. Professor Farombi is highly visible and well represented in Scopus, Web of Science and Research gate with scores of 39.07 and over 50,057 reads, a clear attestation of wide readership internationally and global impact of his research publications in international scientific community.

A resourceful, productive and successful mentor, six (6) of his former Postgraduate students are now full Professor in various Universities in the country and others hold position of responsibilities in academic, industry, government agencies at home and abroad. As a well-travelled and highly sought national and international conference and keynote speaker, He has given over 100 distinguished scientific and keynote lectures in countries spanning five continents of the world. He is the Foundation Editorial Board Chairman of the Archives of Basic and Applied Medicine (ABAM) and Foundation Editor-in-Chief of Toxicology Digest, the official journal of West Africa Society of Toxicology (WASOT), Associate Editor of the American Journal of Pharmacotherapy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (AJPPS) and currently the President of the Forum of Nigerian Toxicologists (FONTOX).

Professor Farombi has been privileged to hold several administrative positions within and outside the University system including: Sub-Dean Postgraduate, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences (2006-2008), two times Head of Biochemistry Department, (February 1st, 2008- 31st July, 2010; August 1 2016-2020), Coordinator, Zonal Committee, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Zonal Biotechnology Centre (October 2008-2009), Leader, University of Ibadan Biotechnology Center of Excellence Project (November 2009-2010), Member University Central and Appointment and Promotions Committee( 2010-date), Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences (2010-2014), Acting Director, Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IAMRAT) (1st May-31st July 2011) and Acting Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (2010-2014) (on several occasions). He features regularly as resource person; workshop facilitator and guest speaker and continues to serve the University having given over 50 seminal lectures on Human Capital Development at the University of Ibadan. He has served as External examiners to several Universities at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels as well as External Assessor for promotion of candidates to the grade of Professor in many Universities in Nigeria and abroad.

He has been graciously honored with the Outstanding Research Award for Commitment and Outstanding Contributions to Research and Innovation (2016) and identified as Research Champion in the College of Medicine (2018) University of Ibadan. He also featured in the University of Ibadan Role of Honor of Researchers with the highest Research output in 2017.

In the course of his academic career, he has been honored with the Fellowship of 6 prestigious National and International Academies: A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) UK, Fellow Nigerian Academy of Science (FAS), Fellow Academy of Toxicological Sciences (FATS) of the USA, Fellow African Academy of Sciences (FAAS),  (first Nigerian Biochemist to be honored), Fellow Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FNSBMB), being the first Biochemist from the University of  Ibadan to receive the award and recently, he was admitted to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine Specialties (FAMedS) of Nigeria as Foundation Fellow.

Professor Farombi is happily married to Dr. (Mrs.) Temitope Farombi, a Consultant Neurologist at the Geriatric Center, University College Hospital, Ibadan, and the founder of Brain Health Initiative of Nigeria and Online Health Company. They are blessed with three children.


Profile of Professor Ganiyu Oboh

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Professor Ganiyu Oboh, a native of Ibie-Nafe, Edo-State, Nigeria came to this world on the 28th February, 1970. He had his primary education at St Theresa´s Demonstration Primary School Akure between 1976 and 1982 after which he proceeded to Oyemekun Grammar School Akure (OGSA) same year and graduated with flying colours in 1987. Same year he left OGSA, he was admitted to the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Akure where he bagged a B.Tech. degree in Biochemistry in the year 1992. He later had his M.Tech and Ph.D degrees in Applied Biochemistry form the same University in 1997 and 2002 respectively. Thereafter, he proceeded to the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria RS, Brazil for his post-doctoral training in Biochemical Toxicology in 2005. He had his second post doctoral training in Food Biochemistry & Toxicology at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany (2007 – 2008). He joined the service of the Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria in 1997 as a Graduate Assistant, from where he rose to the position of a Professor in 2012. He has served as the Sub-Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies (2010 – 2011), Acting Head of Biochemistry Department FUTA (2011 – 2012), substantive Head of Biochemistry Department in both Federal University Oye – Ekiti (2014 – 2015) and Federal University of Technology, Akure (2015 – 2017). Presently, he is the Director, Centre for Research and Development, FUTA.   .

Prof Oboh was awarded Junior Associate of the Abdus Salam- International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste Italy (1999 – 2006) after a short visit to the centre as a Young Collaborator in September, 1999 and he was Regular Associate of the Centre, from January, 2007 to December, 2014. He had attended several seminars, conferences and workshops in the Centre. He was a TWAS – CNPq Postdoctoral Fellow  in Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil (2005 – 2006); Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Postdoctoral Fellow in Technische Universitat Dresden (2007 – 2008) and Trier University of Applied Sciences (Apr – Jul. 2018), Germany; CAS-TWAS Visiting Scholar in Institute of Nutritional Sciences, Chinese Academy Sciences, Shanghai, China (2009). He has won several research grants from donor bodies such as African Academy of Sciences (AAS), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), International Foundation of Sciences (IFS), Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientı´fico e Tecnolo´gico (CNPq) and Tertiary Educational Trust Fund (TETFund). He was awarded the best researcher in 2009 & 2012; and the best inventor in 2018 at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) and has received a couple of other awards both in FUTA and beyond. He was a Visiting Scientist to the Department of Life Science, University of Trieste, Italy (2003 – 2014) and Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Universita Politecnica de Marche, Ancona, Italy (2014 – 2016).

Prof Oboh’s research works of developing functional food products have become focal points in the search for complementary/alternative therapies for the management of several diseases; this has attracted lots of collaborators within and outside Nigeria. He has published over 400 research articles in refereed journals both locally and internationally, as well as several published conferences proceedings and book chapters. He presently has three patents and two products in the market. It’s noteworthy that he is the researcher with the highest citation on Scopus, ISI Thompson Reuters and Google scholar from his institution as at today. On the national scale, he was ranked Nigeria’s number one biochemist and second best scientist by Scival and another independent Scopus-based survey carried out in Cranfield University, UK. He was ranked among the top 2% Scientist in the World, top 10 in Nigeria and No.1 Food Scientist in Nigeria in the ranking released by Standford University, USA. In the recent ranking released by AD Scientific Index limited; He was ranked No.1 Researcher in Nigeria, and No.1 Biochemist in Africa. In 2021, he was adjudged number one Nigerian scientist by the influential and leading global ranking body, AD (Alper-Doger) Scientific Index. In the aspect of human capacity development, he has trained several graduate students including over seventy master (70) students and thirty-one (31) Ph.D graduates who are presently occupying academic positions in their various Universities in Nigeria and abroad. He has attracted lots of research grants to his University through which he has been able to establish two laboratories in his institution; the first and only research laboratory in Nigeria on Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, as well as the largest single research laboratory using Drosophila melanogaster for biomedical research in Nigeria. These laboratories have continued to attract researchers from all over the country. Undoubtedly, Prof. Ganiyu Oboh has contributed immensely to the life science research in Nigeria with outstanding scientific findings and good human capacity development. He is an active member of some professional and academic bodies such as Nigerian Society of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology, New York Academy of Sciences, World Academy of Young Scientist, and Accelerator for Sustainable Development of Africa. He is a devout Christian and happily married with children.


Professor  Lam Su Shiung

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu,

Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries (AKUATROP)


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– Professor Lam holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, and is currently a Professor and Deputy Director of International Centre of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

He serves as Editor of Environmental Pollution and Associate Editor for Environmental Advances, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, and Energy & Environment.

He leads a research group working mainly on Chemical & Environmental Engineering, focusing on Waste and Biomass Utilization, Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Green Technology, and Pollution Mitigation. He is active in research on the application of pyrolysis and microwave heating in transforming waste and biomass into green energy and products applicable to industry and environmental protection.

He has secured 30 research grants, file patent and commercialize inventions from his research team, and publishing over 200 articles in journals, some of which are published in journals such as Nature, Science, and Progress in Energy and Combustion Science.



Maulin P. Shah, currently Chief Scientist & Head – Industrial Wastewater Research Lab, Division of Applied and Environmental Microbiology Lab at Enviro Technology Ltd., Ankleshwar, Gujarat, India, received his Ph.D. (2002-2005) in Environmental Microbiology from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat. He has served as an Assistant Professor at Godhra, Gujarat University in 2001. He is a Microbial Biotechnologist with diverse research interest. A group of research scholars is working under his guidance on the areas ranging from Applied Microbiology, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioremediation, and Industrial Liquid Waste Management to solid state fermentation. His primary interest is the environment, the quality of our living resources and the ways that bacteria can help to manage and degrade toxic wastes and restore environmental health. He is interested in genetic adaptation processes in bacteria, the mechanisms by which they deal with toxic substances, how they react to pollution in general and how we can apply microbial processes in a useful way (like bacterial bioreporters). One of our major interests is to study how bacteria evolve and adapt to use organic pollutants as novel growth substrates. Bacteria with new degradation capabilities are often selected in polluted environments and have accumulated small (mutations) and large genetic changes (transpositions, recombination, and horizontally transferred elements). His work has been focused to assess the impact of industrial pollution on microbial diversity of wastewater following cultivation dependant and cultivation independent analysis. His major work involves isolation, screening, identification and Genetic Engineering of high impact of Microbes for the degradation of hazardous materials. He has more than 200 research publication in highly reputed national and international journals. He directs the Research program at Enviro Technology Ltd., Ankleshwar. He has guided more than 100 Post Graduate students in various disciplines of Life Science. He is an active Editorial Board Member in more than 150 highly reputed Journal’s in the field of Environmental & Biological Sciences. He was Founder Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Environmental Bioremediation and Biodegradation (2012-2014) as well as Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2012-2014) (Science and Education Publishing, USA).  He is also serving as a reviewer in various journals of national and international repute. Recently, he has been awarded as a Young Biotechnologist Medal by Biotechnological Society of Nepal”. He is Associate Editor in BMC Microbiology (Springer Nature), Advisory Board in CLEAN-Soil, Air, Water (Wiley), Editor in Current Pollution Reports (Springer Nature), Editor in Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology (Springer Nature), Editor in Environmental Technology & Innovation-ELSEVIER, Editor in Current Microbiology-Springer Nature, Editor in Journal of Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment-Taylor & Francis, Editor in Ecotoxicology (Microbial Ecotoxicology)- Springer Nature. He has edited 65 books in wastewater microbiology, environmental microbiology, bioremediation, hazardous waste treatment.




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