Dr Ayodele Morakinyo

Dr Ayodele  Morakinyo

Nigeria

Univeristy of Lagos

Physiology

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Work and Research

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physiology, College of Medicine of the University of Lagos. I am also a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Research in Endocrinology and Metabolism of the University of Lagos. I hold a Ph.D. from University of Lagos and my research interest lies in the areas of nutrition, diabetes and energy metabolism. More specifically, I am exploring (i) role of micronutrients on the risk of onset and progression of diabetes mellitus, (ii) how environmental factors such as stress and malnutrition impact metabolic functions, and (iii) the epigenetic potential of perinatal exposure to these factors on metabolic and endocrine functions in the offspring.

Fields Of Expertise

Medical Physiology
Endocrinology and Metabolism

Research Profiles

My contributions to science and the impact this has had on society

Science Outreach: I currently serve as a mentor for the Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) Project Competition in collaboration with the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), a role I have been playing since 2012 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schlumberger_SEED). The SEED project gives secondary school students and teachers the opportunity to work together on a research project. The project should ignite a passion for science as participants apply the knowledge learnt in STEM subjects on learning activity planned and carried out by students and teachers working together guided by an expert / mentor, over a period of time. Science Open-Lab Day (SOLD): Last year, I organized “SOLD” for secondary school students. This one-day event brought together over 40 junior secondary school students in our lab and they were introduced to biological science through simple, fun and interactive experiments as a way to motivate the interest of the children and especially the girl-child to pursue a STEM career. Following the success of the maiden edition, I also organized the second edition with over 60 students and now in the process of scaling it up with the third edition next year. I had a proposal submitted to the US Consulate in Lagos for a small grant funding for that purpose. Public Engagement with Science: I have participated in multiple science-related programs on radio stations including the University of Lagos radio, UNILAG FM, to further the awareness of science. I presented my some of my research work especially those that border on nutrition and diet (http://www.endocrine-abstracts.org/ea/0034/ea0034P237.htm) to non-science audience as means of educating the public about research findings, and also as a way of engaging the public in debate about the significance of the study.