Dr. B.J. Taiwo
Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
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- Pharm, M.Sc. Ph.D. (Ife) MRSC.
Dr. Taiwo’s research interest are in the area of medicinal chemistry, drug discovery and development with special focus on the Nigerian rich biodiversity. In addition, he is involved with pharmaceutical analysis for several years.
Dr. B.J. Taiwo is the Acting Head of Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University. He has been an academic staff in the same Department since the year 2000.
Dr Taiwo received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at the Obafemi Awolowo University, did the mandatory internship and national youth service scheme and later joined the University to earn both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical chemistry. He has been licensed to practice pharmacy in Nigeria.
He is a 2012 Fellow of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission as well as a 2013 British Council Researchers Link Awardee for prospecting Nigerian medicinal plants as sources of lead compounds for drug discoveries and development in cancer chemotherapy. Dr Taiwo received a 2011 TETFUND grant to screen Nigerian medicinal plants with potential as sources of NFkB inhibitors. He was awarded the 2014 Royal Society of Chemistry Research grant for his work on plants with anti-tumour potential. He has been principal investigator in projects on Developing alternative treatment options for uterine fibroid, Anti-tumour potentials of Nigerian medicinal plants, anti-inflammatory activities of Nigerian medicinal plants, medicinal potential of Nigerian vegetables and Profiling and fingerprinting Nigerian medicinal plants. He has served as collaborator in up to eight research projects.
Dr Taiwo has served as internal examiner to postgraduate candidates at both M.Sc. and Ph.D. level. He has also reviewed manuscripts for a number of high impact journals. He is the author of 20 peer-reviewed articles. He co-pioneered Drug Discovery Africa, a pan African consortium of researchers working on developing solutions to African medical challenges by African researchers. Dr Taiwo is the coordinating head of the Drug Discovery Laboratory, Faculty of Pharmacy, OAU.
Dr Taiwo’s work is supported by the TETFUND (Nigeria), British Council (UK) Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (Uk), Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and by an indigenous company.