Lead Presenter

 

The lead presentation was delivered by Dr. Ganiyu Oboh

Prof. Ganiyu Oboh
Prof. Ganiyu Oboh

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 eresa´s Demonstration Primary School Akure between 1976 and 1982 aer which he proceeded to Oyemekun Grammar School Akure (OGSA) same year and graduated with flying colours in 1987. Same year he le 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. ereaer, 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 eoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste Italy (1999 – 2006) aer 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, including: School of Modern Statistical Methods in Medical Research (1999), Adriatico Research Conference on Assembly and Interaction of Biomolecules (2001), College on Biophysics: From Molecular Genetics to Structural Biology (2001),   Chemical Senses: Molecules to Perception (2002), Seventh Trieste Conference on Chemical Evolution and the origin of Life: Life in the Universe: from the Miller Experiment to the Search for life on other Worlds (2003), Advanced Workshop on Recent Developments in Inorganic Material(2006) and several others.

Prof Oboh was a TWAS – CNPq Postdoctoral Fellow (2005) in Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil; Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Postdoctoral Fellow (2007 - 2008) in Technische Universitat Dresden, 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), e 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 of the year in 2009 & 2012 respectively at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) - Excellence & Productivity Award Night and has received a couple of other awards both in FUTA and beyond. He was visiting Scientist to the Department of Life 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 have focused on Food Biophysics, structure-function relationship of food bioactive substances, with special emphasis on the role of polyphenols as dietary intervention in the management of some degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, hypertension, kidney diseases, infertility and various stages of cancer. He has over 300 articles in Referred Journals and several published conferences proceedings. He has trained several graduate students in Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals and has graduated numerous Bachelor degrees, 54
Masters, 13 PhDs with some still in training. 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, Nigerian Academy of Young Scientist and Accelerator for Sustainable Development of Africa. He is a devout Christian and happily married with children.

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