Thursday, 01 December, 2022


A doctor exceptionally active in fighting gender barriers

Dr. Folasade Olajuyigbe, an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, is a well-seasoned scientist with excellent track record in both teaching and research. She has published more than 40 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the areas of Enzyme Biotechnology and Structural Biology. She has also won several awards, fellowships and research grants, verifying her international reputation.


Folasade was recently at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, and for several years, she was an Associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, a two-time awardee of the prestigious International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden, winner of The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) Vice Chancellor’s Special Recognition for Research Award in 2011 amongst others.


It is highly remarkable that Dr. Olajuyigbe had both her one year postdoctoral training at the University of Florida, USA and split site PhD research at the University of Trieste, Italy as awardee of the highly competitive Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Award. As a Principal Investigator on an environmental bioremediation project, her research team won the TETFund National Research Fund (NRF) Grant in 2019, and has recently won the prestigious International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Italy Research Grant under the Collaborative Research Programme (CRP) as a Principal Investigator on an Enzyme Biotechnology project. Dr. Olajuyigbe has successfully supervised several graduates’ projects at M.Tech and PhD levels in Enzyme Biotechnology and Environmental Bioremediation.


Dr. Olajuyigbe currently serves as a member of Editorial Board for Structural Biology, Frontiers and reviewer for twelve international journals and belongs to several professional bodies including Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB), Network in Biocatalyst Discovery, Development and Scale up (BIOCATNET, UK), Bio-Struct Africa, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN), Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and Coordinator, and Network of Nigerian Women in STEM (NWiSTEM), amongst others.


Dr. Olajuyigbe is also exceptionally active in fighting gender barriers and has set up a charity, Women’s Dignity Initiative Inc. (WDII) to get more girls from disadvantaged communities to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Folasade serves as invited speaker, panelist and discussion facilitator on many international and national forums encouraging more participation and visibility of women in sciences. An active mentor to many younger women STEM, Dr. Olajuyigbe is the President and Founder of WDII following her passion to see more promising women in STEM fields.


Folasade was internationally recognized as a role model for women in Science on 2016 International Women’s Day by the International Foundation for Science, IFS, Sweden. In November 2017, she was named one of the 10 Nigerian Women pulling their weights in the Sciences in the Nigerian Leadership Newspaper and in March 2018, she was also announced as one of the 16 prominent Nigerian women that excel in Science and Research on the 2018 International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Silverbird Television.


Dr. Olajuyigbe is happily married to Revd. (Dr.) Ebenezer Olajuyigbe, an IT Expert and their marriage is blessed with children.

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