Federal Government College, Lagos Nigeria (1992-1997), B.Sc in Biochemistry at Olabisi Onabanjo University (2004), M.Sc in Pharmacology at University of Ibadan, Nigeria (2010-2011). PhD student in Cell Physiology and Pharmacology (Neuroscience) at University of Leicester,UK (2013-2015), Doctorate in Healthcare Management and Leadership at California Intercontinental University, USA (2018-2019)
Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate (in view)
UNICEF volunteer in HIV prevention,Hospital laboratory, Integrated Science teacher, Sales Representative for laboratory and engineering equipment, Life Insurance Marketer, Healthcare assistant for dementia and learning disabilities, Researcher in biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, neuroscience e.t.c,
Freelance Researcher at Prescouter, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Favourite thing to do in my job: Reading research papers and Preparing results obtained from research experiment for presentation at Conferences
I am an enthusiastic, dynamic and analytical scientist.
I come from Nigeria and have made advancements in scientific research that are beyond those from a developing country. I am a determined woman who thinks about the progress that will be made when scientist come together to solve global problems. I have presented my work at 6 international conferences (Poster session) and currently working on a pharmacovigilance/post-market surveillance research on drugs affecting the brain.
I am separated and live with my 13-year-old daughter who wants to be an Astronaut, hence I am able to relate to adolescents combined with previous experience working as an integrated science teacher and a UNICEF volunteer. I have lived in England for 5 years (2013 to 2017) when my Doctorate Career started at University of Leicester. I work as an online researcher for Prescouter, USA and am currently taking my Doctorate degree at California Intercontinental University, via online mode. I travel a lot and take my daughter with me whenever I relocate to keep a close eye on her. I am happy to be able to get funding for childcare from my society, British Pharmacological Society to enable me to travel for the presentation of my work and get feedback from established researchers.
I am a member of the British Pharmacological Society, American Physiological Society, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Society For Neuroscience (America), American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered).
My research interests are in Trauma, Brain repair, Anaesthesia and Pain Management.
My research interests are in Trauma, Brain repair, Anaesthesia and Pain Management. My major research skills are in Cell Culture of Brain cells (Cortical), Immunocytochemistry, Microscopy, High-Performance Liquid chromatography, recruiting patients for scientific research.
Nitric oxide is my major research molecule. It has been used in mice as an anaesthetic and I will like to test it in humans due to currently available anaesthetics having unwanted side effects. Nitric oxide is a gas occurring in nature and made up of one Nitrogen and one Oxygen molecule that has effects on several parts of the body especially the brain and the heart.
However, too much of everything is bad so I need to know how much of Nitric Oxide is too much concentration so that the drug can be monitored when produced. I cannot administer the drug to humans until tested in the laboratory, so I need a little portion of a mammalian brain cell and grow it in the incubator for 14 days. I make use of the cerebral cortex a part of the brain responsible for information processing. That way I add various concentrations of Nitric oxide and subtract some nitric oxide from the cells while they are growing in the incubator.
The major effect of this drug has been in Neurotransmission which implies that messages may be sent faster in the brain or slowly depending on the concentration of drug used. It has also been found that the Nitric Oxide already present in human brain cells decreases gradually from birth, hence it is prominent in newborn leading to their rapid brain development from age 0 to 2 years. A few of my research work is presented below:
(1) Picture of a 14 day old in vitro rat brain cell (Cortex) obtained from a one-day-old newborn Wistar rat showing effects of nitric oxide on neurotransmission
(2) Research in Human subjects on metabolism of Anaesthetic drugs; Propofol and thiopental maintained with halothane and Isoflurane. See link below
My Typical Day
I am a researcher so I spend my days reading about work done by others before I enter the laboratory to avoid making the same mistakes made in previous work.
I am currently working as a research consultant where I give advice to clients on how to carry out experiments and how to develop new drugs, cosmetics and foods for better profit.
My day involves reading and writing whenever I am not in the laboratory.
A typical laboratory day involves, dissection of mammalian brain, cell culture in an incubator, immunocytochemistry experiments, Taking pictures of brain cells in a dark room with a special microscope called Epifluorescence microscope.
A combination of Physics, Chemistry and Biology is highly required in the Neurosciences discipline.
I have to ensure that my discovery is made known to other researchers to help them in their research work so I attend conferences to present my work and this also serves as my holiday from work. I have met military researchers who work as biologists and neuroscientists. The usefulness of my research is that I can grow mammalian cells that may be used in transplant technology and conquer the problems of finding a transplant donor in medicine. Military men also tend to have head injuries easily and this research can go a long way to bring development.
Myself in the middle with 4 US ARMY researchers at the Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, California 2014.
Myself (Right) and a classmate (Left) carrying out a biochemistry experiment. I am sensitive to flashlight, so don’t mind that my eyes were closed in the picture.
What I'd do with the prize money
I will enlighten the public by giving a Public talk for parents and students about the dangers of alcoholism especially in children and its impact on the Accident and Emergency room
I will enlighten the public by giving a Public talk for parents and students about the dangers of alcoholism especially in children and its impact on the Accident and Emergency room.
A major contributing factor to increase in A and E admissions asides winter is alcohol. Alcohol has been linked to ailments and injuries reported in the A and E, especially during weekends and holidays. It was discovered that 14% of Aand E admissions are alcohol linked. (Press Association, 2012). A disturbing fact is that children as little as 10 years old have been found to suffer from under-age drinking leading to their transfer to specialist units (Hind, 2015).
The recent “street drinking order“ in the UK (which means that an arresting police officer can ask you to stop drinking in public if he concludes that you are drunk) if implemented accordingly may be able to reduce the ever increasing alcohol related emergencies in England and in turn provide more beds for critical cases as well as save our NHS millions of pounds., I have created a survey via survey monkey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/85HVCP5) that will enable patients to give account of their overall experience after attending A and E. (Okunoren-Oyekenu, 2018) and as well find out if their situation was alcohol linked. I am hopeful that with the proper information given to the public about curbing the alarming situation, with time our NHS will come back to its optimum performance.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
International Neuroscience Researcher
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Presentation of my research to other scientist at international conferences by organizations like Society For Neuroscience, British Pharmacological Society e.t.c.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My mother is a nurse and has given me inspiration all these years. I started reading her nursing textbooks at the tender age of 8 years.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Paediatric Neurologist (Doctors looking after the brain of children), But I ended up as a Scientist studying the brain of newborn babies (Neonatal Neuroscientist)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was loved by many teachers as I was one of the best in my class so I hardly got into trouble. However,the word trouble is subjective. If I submitted my assignments before my other classmates I was in trouble with my mates.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Advocacy for advancement in Science and Technology
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Toast Bread with butter
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Produced a sun-tan compound. I spent 3 days in an all expense paid residential competition by BBSRC where I was in a team of 5 to represent the University of Leicester at the Biotechnology Young Enterpreneural Scheme (BYES)
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
(1) Be one of the people to find cures to neonatal (New born Babies) brain diseases 2) Go on a 3 month vacation (3) Buy a house in Hollywood
Tell us a joke.
Why didn`t the skeleton cross the road?. Choose the most humerus. Because (1) he had no guts inside of him (2) he had no-body to cross with him (3) everyone had a bone to pick with him