Dr. Olufunke A. OLUWATOBA

Personal Statement:

My interest in the study of human parasite went as far back as my undergraduate days, and then l wrote a project titled ‘The prevalence of Urinary Schistosomiasis (Schistosoma haematobium) among Secondary School Children in Ilorin Kwara State. Then, in my postgraduate l went further to research into the reason for the specificity of schistosome species for a particular intermediate snail host, the thesis titled ‘Studies of differences in the foot muscle proteins of fresh water snails: Bulinus globosus, Biomphalaria pfeiffer and Indoplanorbis exustus.’ (Courtesy: Research and Strengthening Group of UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special programme for Research and training in Tropical Diseases).

l went for another postgraduate study in Epidemiology where l researched into ‘Pattern of Intestinal helminthes infection among primary schools in selected areas of Ibadan.’ It is from this study l discovered that for any control strategy to be successful there should be data that will be large enough that all class of children be well represented from which the larger population can be extrapolated.

After my PhD study, l intends to further my research in the area of modern methodologies and technologies in molecular diagnosis of parasitic diseases.

I intend to continue as an academic staff in my institution, by this l shall be able to keep abreast of new development and innovative skill in handling health issues of public concern.

Also, as academics, it will be possible for me to transfer intellectual properties to research students, serve in an advisory role, support career development and conduct research that are of important health implication for Africa


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