Dr Sunny Abarikwu

Dr Sunny Abarikwu

Nigeria

University of Port Harcourt,

Biochemistry

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Work and Research

I am a Senior Lecturer of Biochemistry at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, with high and focused interest in reproductive biology and toxicology.My research group recently won the research grant of the prestigious World Academy of Sciences, Italy to study the effects of the triazine chemicals on the testis of vertebrate animal models(2016-2018). Most of my published articles in several international peer-reviewed journals have been cited up to 469 times and with an H-index of 12 (source: google scholar). Our studies have contributed to the understanding of how environmental active chemicals affect fertility heath of human males.

Fields Of Expertise

Reproductive biology
Toxocology

Research Profiles

My contributions to science and the impact of this on society

I was mentor to the high school, Niger-Delta Science School in Rumuola, Port Harcourt during the 2015 Nigerian Academy of Science/Schlumberger SEED Schools Science project competition. I supervised the 2015 project of the high school students for the competition. They performed brilliantly after the competition and came out third place at the end of the 2015 competition. The project was the design of an automated smart phase selector with fuelless generator control, and a relevant concept to our problems in Nigeria where power supply is often inadequate. The passion of these high school students for science and technology was positively influenced. To ensure the leadership continuity of the NYA, I was former Editor, Life Sciences Section of the NYA- Journal of Science and Technology, and member of the electoral committee in 2013 that organized the successful election to the various executive positions. The NYA is a group of Nigerian young scholars which aims to contribute to national discourse on research and science education. At annual meetings of the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry, I am member of the team which organizes prize winning Biochemistry quiz competitions among final year Biochemistry students. This has helped to stimulate the interest of the young undergraduate student for a career in science, and most of my undergraduate students are stimulated by this, and some have proceeded for M.Sc/PhD programmes in Biochemistry, overseas. The research grant of the World Academy of Sciences awarded to me is aimed to providing scholarship for at least two graduate students in Biochemistry in my laboratories  and would be significant to the development of these students for the African continent.  My research laboratories (Reproductive Biology and Toxicology) at the University of Port Harcourt, aims to develop masters and PhD students that would leverage on the potential opportunities of the group and create a critical mass of capacities among these students.