Education: PhD (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) 2013-2017, MSc (University of Ibadan) 2009-2012, DVM (University of Ibadan) 2000-2007
Description of Research Projects:
Multiple sclerosis (MS) leads to devastating impairments in cognitive functions due to loss of myelin and associated disruption of nerve conduction. Existing treatments for MS at the moment are ineffective in treating the associated cognitive dysfunctions. Thus effective treatment of this debilitating demyelinating disease represents an urgent unmet need.
My work focuses on the possibility of remyelinating neurons by artificially-driven neuronal activity via optogenetic stimulation (a precise way to manipulate neurons with light by genetic introduction of light-sensitive proteins). Given that cognitive impairments are a major issue in MS, I am interested in exploring if this strategy could be successfully applied to enhance cognition. I am also interested in exploring novel compounds as therapies for enhanced cognition in heavy metal-induced neurotoxicity.