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Oridupa Olayinka Ayotunde (Nee Tomori)

Affiliateship: 2017 - 2021

Cohort 2

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Medical & Health Sciences


Dr Oridupa has a PhD from University of Ibadan, Nigeria in Veterinary Pharmacology, with her research focus on Drug Discovery and Development from African Medicinal plants. Her research entails verification of medicinal claims, toxicological assessment and establishment of empirical basis for the pharmacology of medicinal plants. Dr Oridupa received the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) grant for Academic Staff Development (Nigeria) in November 2012 which was utilized for her Post-Doctoral Training at the Cancer Research Laboratory, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdome (November 2012 – October 2014).

Her postdoctoral studies involved investigation of the ability of a medicinal plant or its compounds with proven in vivo and in vitro antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, to induce Nuclear factor erythroid 2 p45 (NF-E2)-related factor 2 (Nrf2) in specialized cell lines; AREc32 cells. Induction of Nrf2 eventually leads to activation of metabolizing enzymes involved with cellular protection by their antioxidant and detoxifying capacity.