Prof. Olajumoke Morenikeji

Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences

Prof. Olajumoke Abimbola Morenikeji read Zoology at the University of Ibadan. She bagged her Ph.D degree in Parasitology in 1998. She had a MIM/TDR postdoctoral fellowship for training at the Division of Parasitology, National Institute of Medical Research, London and a TWAS-DBT postdoctoral fellowship for training at the National Institute of Malaria Research Delhi, India. She got a certificate in International Health Research Ethics at the Harvard School of Public Health, USA.

The major thrust of her research is epidemiology, transmission and control of tropical parasitic diseases with special emphasis on guinea worm, malaria, schistosomiasis, helminthiasis – studying immunological interplay during parasite co-existence, screening medicinal plants, applying GIS, remote sensing and nanotechnology. She is currently working on soil transmitted helminth distribution patterns in association with environmental variables, parasites of pangolins and interactions of heavy metals with intestinal parasites in rats from polluted areas.

As an Academic, she has over 100 published papers and 4 books. She has received Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants from the University of Ibadan, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WHO Multilateral Initiative on Malaria and Tropical Diseases Research (MIM/TDR), Harvard School of Public Health, The Department of Biotechnology of the Ministry of Science and Technology in India – The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS-DBT), United States Government and Chicago Zoological Society.

She has attended and presented papers in several local and international conferences. She was the keynote speaker at the International Pangolin Symposium organised by the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, United States. She was a University Delegate at the Executive Programme on Empowering Women in Higher Education by the NUC and the Oxford City Academy for Education and Development (OAED) at the Lady Margaret Hall, Northam Gardens, Oxford University UK. She has trained, mentored and graduated several BSc, MSc and Ph.D. students.

Professor Morenikeji has held several administrative positions and has equally served diligently and dutifully on many committees in the University of Ibadan where she has been a lecturer since March 1998. She rose through the ranks and became a Professor of Parasitology on 1st October 2016. She is currently the Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, KolaDaisi University, Ibadan.

Prof. Morenikeji is passionate about the environment and biodiversity conservation. She was the Director of the University of Ibadan Zoological Garden from September 2010 to July 2016 bringing a first of its kind landmark transformation to the zoo since its inception in 1948. She has received commendation from the University of Ibadan Management and several awards for her laudable impact  in the zoo. She has since extended her expertise to several other wildlife sanctuaries in Nigeria. She is an Alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a Premier Professional Exchange Program by the U.S. Department of State (Our Planet – Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Program). She is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of Nigeria (ZSN), Pioneer President of the Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Parks (NAZAP), Vice President of the Zoological Society of Nigeria (ZSN), Chairperson Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Wildlife Park and Chair Pangolin Conservation Guild Nigeria. She is a Member of the University of Ibadan Animal Care and Use Research Ethics Committee (ACUREC) and Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN SSC pangolin specialist group). Her love for wildlife conservation birthed the Pangolin Conservation Guild of  Nigeria,  the first of its kind initiative in the country. The group works mainly to ensure that the endangered pangolins are protected in Nigeria through awareness creation, scientific research, relevant collaborations, rescue, rehabilitation and release of pangolins to protected forest areas.

Prof. Olajumoke Abimbola Morenikeji read Zoology at the University of Ibadan. She bagged her Ph.D degree in Parasitology in 1998. She had an MIM/TDR postdoctoral fellowship for training at the Division of Parasitology, National Institute of Medical Research, London and a TWAS-DBT postdoctoral fellowship for training at the National Institute of Malaria Research Delhi, India. She got a certificate in International Health Research Ethics at the Harvard School of Public Health, USA.

As an Academic, she has over 100 published papers and 4 books.

She has attended and presented papers in several local and international conferences. She was the keynote speaker at the International Pangolin Symposium organised by the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, United States. She was a University Delegate at the Executive Programme on Empowering Women in Higher Education by the NUC and the Oxford City Academy for Education and Development (OAED) at the Lady Margaret Hall, Northam Gardens, Oxford University UK .

She has received Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants from the University of Ibadan, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WHO Multilateral Initiative on Malaria and Tropical Diseases Research (MIM/TDR), Harvard School of Public Health, The Department of Biotechnology of the Ministry of Science and Technology in India – The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS-DBT), United States Government and Chicago Zoological Society. She has received commendation from the University of Ibadan Management and several awards for her laudable impact  in the zoo.

The major thrust of her research is epidemiology, transmission and control of tropical parasitic diseases with special emphasis on guinea worm, malaria, schistosomiasis, helminthiasis – studying immunological interplay during parasite co-existence, screening medicinal plants, applying GIS, remote sensing and nanotechnology. Prof. Morenikeji is passionate about the environment and biodiversity conservation.

She is an Alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a Premier Professional Exchange Program by the U.S. Department of State (Our Planet – Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Program). She is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of Nigeria (ZSN), Pioneer President of the Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Parks (NAZAP), Vice President of the Zoological Society of Nigeria (ZSN), Chairperson Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Wildlife Park and Chair Pangolin Conservation Guild Nigeria. She is a Member of the University of Ibadan Animal Care and Use Research Ethics Committee (ACUREC) and Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN SSC pangolin specialist group). Her love for wildlife conservation birthed the Pangolin Conservation Guild of  Nigeria,  the first of its kind initiative in the country. The group works mainly to ensure that the endangered pangolins are protected in Nigeria through awareness creation, scientific research, relevant collaborations, rescue, rehabilitation and release of pangolins to protected forest areas.

She has attended and presented papers in several local and international conferences. She was the keynote speaker at the International Pangolin Symposium organised by the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, United States. She was a University Delegate at the Executive Programme on Empowering Women in Higher Education by the NUC and the Oxford City Academy for Education and Development (OAED) at the Lady Margaret Hall, Northam Gardens, Oxford University UK.

She is currently working on soil transmitted helminth distribution patterns in association with environmental variables, parasites of pangolins and interactions of heavy metals with intestinal parasites in rats from polluted areas.

Professor Morenikeji has held several administrative positions and has equally served diligently and dutifully on many committees in the University of Ibadan where she has been a lecturer since March 1998. She rose through the ranks and became a Professor of Parasitology on 1st October 2016. She was the keynote speaker at the International Pangolin Symposium organised by the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, United States. She was a University Delegate at the Executive Programme on Empowering Women in Higher Education by the NUC and the Oxford City Academy for Education and Development (OAED) at the Lady Margaret Hall, Northam Gardens, Oxford University UK .

She was the Director of the University of Ibadan Zoological Garden from September 2010 to July 2016 bringing a first of its kind landmark transformation to the zoo since its inception in 1948. She has received commendation from the University of Ibadan Management and several awards for her laudable impact  in the zoo. She has since extended her expertise to several other wildlife sanctuaries in Nigeria.

She is currently the Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, KolaDaisi University, Ibadan.

She has trained, mentored and graduated several BSc, MSc and Ph.D. students.