VICE CHANCELLOR PROFESSOR FFO ORUMWENSE (FNSE) CELEBRATES TWO UNIBEN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS
- Fulbright Scholar 2016/2017 Pharm. Osayemwenre Erharuyi
Pharm Erharuyi has been selected for the highly prestigious and competitive Fulbright Scholar programme (2016/2017) to undertake advanced anticancer drug discovery.
Osayemwenre Erharuyi is a lecturer II in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin.
He is to undertake an advanced research in the United States of America with a view to carrying out detailed anticancer screening of cassane diterpenoids isolated from the roots of the Barbados plant (Ceasalpinia pulcherrima) including flow cytometric analysis of cell proliferation and apoptosis and immunocytochemistry on different cancer cell lines. His resarch objectives is to determine the antiproliferative and apoptotic activities of the cassane diterpenoids, to establish the cellular and molecular mechanism of action of the anticancer active cassane diterpenoids.
He was also an awardee of the TWAS-ICCBS Postgraduate Fellowship for a doctoral research in the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan in 2014.
He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Pharmaceutical chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, under the supervision of Professor A. Falodun – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic). His research interest has focused on isolation and characterization of bioactive secondary metabolites with particular interest in discovering and developing natural option for the treatment of cancer and related diseases.
The Fulbright program is a program of competitive, merit based grants for international educational exchange for scholars and scientists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Under the program, competitively selected scholars may become eligible for scholarships to study, conduct research in the United States of America. congratulations
- Alexander von Humboldt-Georg Forster-(Dr. Etinosa Igbinosa)
Dr. Igbinosa is a senior lecturer in the Department of Microbiology University of Benin, has been awarded Germany’s most competitive and highly prestigious Alexander von Humboldt-Georg Forster Experienced Research Fellowship.
During his fellowship programme, Dr. Etinosa Igbinosa will work in collaboration with Professor Dr Charles Franz, who is head of Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology at the Max Rubner-Institut-MRI Federal Research Institute for Nutrition and Food at Kiel, Germany. The key aim of the research project is to examine comparative investigation of antibiotic-resistant, foodborne pathogens in plant and meat products in Nigeria and Germany. The research is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung – BMZ).
The fellowship is open to scholars of all nationalities and disciplines worldwide and is offered solely on the basis of academic and research achievements of the scholars as there are no quotas for individual countries or specific disciplines.
The selection committee includes academics from all fields of specialization. Between 1953 and 2015, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has granted fellowships to 26,000 scholars from 140 countries, which means less than three fellows to every recipient country per year. Also, 52 of the Foundation’s fellows have earned Nobel prizes in various fields. The foundation maintains a strong and lively network of its alumni globally. Dr. Igbinosa has earned a PhD from the famous University of Fort Hare, South Africa, in 2010 on a scholarship from Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre (GMRDC-UFH). He is a recipient of several outstanding awards and fellowships and has won several research grants from various national and international funding organizations. He has received wide recognition for his research, including TWAS Young Affiliates for the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World in recognition of his outstanding scholarly scientific research, STS Future Leaders Initiative JSPS award, fellow of Africa Science Leadership Programme and IAP Young Scientist. He has published more than 70 papers and number of chapters in books.
Dr. Igbinosa is predominantly involved in science education at the postgraduate level and has supervised a number of PhD and MSc students, as well as numerous BSc honours students. He also regularly contributes to national and international congresses, as participant and organizer.
Apart from his direct research interest, Dr. Igbinosa is also passionate about science development and the role of science in broader society. In this regard he has been involved in the Nigerian Young Academy movement, being a founding member of the Nigerian Young Academy (NYA) in 2011. He has served in the leadership of this academy. He regularly contributes to the activities of Global Young Academy (GYA) and a fellow of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) at the University of Pretoria. congratulations