PhD in Experimental Oncology/Cancer Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2018 - present.
  • Programme offers lab-based training involving both basic and translational medical research
  • Main objective is to offer students diverse research opportunities, including molecular and cellular biology of cancer, clinical and translation oncology, and drug and biomarker discovery.
  • My research specifically involves understanding how loss of the DNA repair protein, PNKP in combination with ionizing radiation and immune checkpoint inhibitors augment anti-tumor immune response in cancer cells.
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
University of Newcastle
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, 2011-2014.
  • Awarded Governor's Overseas Scholarship (fully funded) by the RSG
  • Represented Newcastle University at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen
  • Served as Newcastle University Student Ambassador
  • Member Student Community Action Newcastle (SCAN)
International Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
INTO Newcastle University,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, 2010-2011.
  • Awarded International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship (IUMS)
  • Awarded Governor's Overseas Scholarship (fully funded) by the RSG
  • Graduated with an excellent average score of 86%
General Subjects with Majors in the Sciences
Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic
Comprehensive Secondary School,
Bori-Ogoni, Rivers State, Nigeria, 2003 – 2009
  • Senior Prefect Boy (Unannounced)
  • Awarded "Best Graduating Student"


Biology, Science and Maths Teacher

Lekki City International College, Lekki, Lagos Nigeria under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme.
February 2015 to October 2015
  • Prepared and effectively delivered lessons to a range of classes of different ages and abilities
  • Marked work, gave appropriate feedback and maintained records of pupils' progress and development.
  • Selected and used a range of different learning resources and equipment, including projectors and interactive whiteboards.
  • Managed pupil behaviour in the classroom and on school premises, and applied appropriate and effective measures in cases of misbehaviour;


Summer Research Placement Student

Institute of Cell and Molecular Biosciences (ICaM)
June 2013 to July 2013
  • Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • This research was awarded by the British Society for Cell Biology.
  • Worked in Dr Jeremy Brown's lab on the project topic ''Does ribosomal protein RPL10 influence translational recoding driven by 2A peptides?''.
  • At the end of the project, gained useful laboratory


Student Ambassador

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
November 2013  to October 2014
  • Represented Newcastle University at on- and off-campus events, including visit days, open days, Higher Education (HE) events, and visits to local colleges and schools.
  • Served as a role model to prospective students, encouraging them to further their education to university level and discussing personal experience as a student with them.
  • Developed career-related skills such as presentation, team work, and verbal communication, interpersonal, organisational and time-management skills.


Laboratory Assistant

Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Newcastle University 
October 2012 to June 2013
  • Lab Assistant scheme offered to second year students by the School of Biomedical Sciences. 
  • Role involved assistance with basic laboratory duties such as pipetting, making up solutions, preparing yeast media, performing PCR and making agarose gels, DNA extraction, and washing of glass wares.
  • Was also actively involved in the research going on in the lab. At the end of the scheme, gained hands-on experience of practical skills that would be useful to my research career.



  • Worked as a lab assistant and a summer research placement student (see above) with good experience in life science research
  • Undertook a final year research project on the ‘’role of Hexim1 in regulating P-TEFb – a key regulator of transcription’’.
  • Gained skills in presentation, scientific communication, critical thinking, scientific analysis and research project dissertation writing and techniques/assays in molecular biology.



  • Member, Frontiers in Cancer Research Journal Club, Dept of Oncology, University of Alberta.
  • Member, Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta – CRINA
  • Secretary, The Intellectual Elites Batch, RivPolyCSS, Bori-Ogoni, Nigeria.
  • Member, Global Biotech Revolution Alumni (Selected as one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow - 2019)
  • Board volunteer member of “Helping Youth Through Educational Scholarships” (HYTES), Alberta, Canada

Hobbies and Interests:

  • Reading, teaching, singing, adventure, befriending, cooking, IT and web design, cancer research.

IT Skills:

  • MS words, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, Web design and publishing, Life Science database.


  • University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship, July 2020.
  • Marathon of Hope Graduate Studentships in Breast Cancer or Glioblastoma Research, August 2020.
  • Strategic Training in Transdisciplinary Radiation Science for the 21st Century (STARS21) scholarship, 2019
  • Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry 75th Anniversary Award, 2019
  • Graduate Research Assistant Fellowship – GRAF by University of Alberta (September 2019 – present)
  • Second runner-up at the 2019 GapSummit’s Voices of Tomorrow competition held at the Broad Institute, Boston, USA
  • Antoine Noujaim Graduate Entrance Scholarship awarded by Department of Oncology, University of Alberta (Sept. 2018-present)
  • Graduate Research Assistant Fellowship – GRAF by University of Alberta (January – August 2018)
  • Governor's Special Overseas Undergraduate Scholarship by the Rivers State Government, Nigeria (2010-2014); and
  • Summer Research placement awarded by the British Society for Cell Biology (BSCB, 2013).
  • British Science Festival (in Aberdeen) Student Bursary Award (2012) by Newcastle University

Last updated: June 2021