Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Awarded Carnegie Fellowship in Africa

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on January 3, 2019

University of the Sciences’ Adeboye Adejare, PhD, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences was among Africa and African-born academics selected for the 2018 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP). This collaboration between the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Institute of International Education, an advisory council of prominent African academics, and the United States International University-Africa, began five years ago. At that time, Dr. Adejare was selected in the inaugural class.

The program has funded fellowships for 385 scholars to collaborate with 100 institutions of higher learning in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa. 

For his fellowship project this year, Dr. Adejare will return to Nigeria to work with Dr. Gloria Ayoola, associate professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Lagos, to increase the research competitiveness of the pharmacy faculty and graduate students.  

“I am quite impressed with the research initiatives coming out of University of Lagos.” noted Dr. Adejare.  For example, a collaboration that he helped facilitate between a pharmacy faculty member there and faculty members at the Department of Biological Sciences at USciences led to two publications addressing microbial drug resistance.  One of the goals of the CADFP is to kick such collaborations up a notch.

Each fellowship will last between two weeks to three months, depending on the length of time needed to complete the research. The goal of this program is to establish an ongoing academic partnership in areas such as curriculum co-development, faculty and student exchange, research, study abroad opportunities, and mentorships.

During the previous fellowship experience in 2014, Dr. Adejare and Dr. Chinedum Babalola, a pharmacy professor at University of Ibadan in Nigeria, spent the summer exploring drug discovery, analysis, and development.  Dr. Adejare gave several lectures and collaborated on many initiatives. Several compounds synthesized in Dr. Adejare’s laboratory are being evaluated in rodent models of Alzheimer’s disease at University of Ibadan. Novel compounds isolated from plants in Nigeria and with antimicrobial activities are being characterized in Dr. Adejare’s laboratory with a view as to combating microbial drug resistance.  “The CADFP provides an outstanding opportunity for advancing healthcare worldwide.” says Dr. Adejare.

Dr. Adejare’s research interests include drug discovery and targeting, mechanisms of neurodegeneration, the chemistry of fluoroaromatic compounds, and pharmaceutical profiling. He earned his doctorate in medicinal chemistry from The Ohio State University, as well as his BS and MS from The University of Iowa.  Prior to beginning his academic career, he spent several years as a Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD.

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