My research interests are in Trauma, Brain repair, Anaesthesia and Pain Management.
I have made advancements in scientific research and I am a determined woman who thinks about the progress that will be made when scientists come together to solve global problems. I have presented my work at 8 international conferences and currently working on pharmacovigilance/post-market surveillance research on drugs affecting the brain.
I am a widow and live with my 16-year-old daughter who has gained admission to study Aerospace Engineering at San Diego State University 2022/2023 incoming Freshman, hence I am able to relate to adolescents combined with previous experience working as an integrated science teacher and a UNICEF volunteer. I have lived in England since 2013 when my Doctorate Career started at the University of Leicester. I am currently rounding up a Doctorate degree in healthcare management that focused on telemedicine and COVID-19 Pandemic at California Intercontinental University. I travel a lot and take my daughter with me whenever I relocate to keep a close eye on her.
I am a member of the British Pharmacological Society, American College of Healthcare Executives and Society For Neuroscience (America), amongst others. I won an education award for pharmacology at the pharmacology conference in December 2019 in Scotland. I am happy to be able to get funding for childcare from my society, the British Pharmacological Society to enable me to travel for the presentation of my work and get feedback from established researchers.
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Currently, I am a Board Member at Pray Motion California as well as a Neuroscientist. In this role, I ensure that I improve healthy lifestyles for populations who may not be able to afford healthcare due to low income.
My research interests are in Trauma, Brain repair, Anaesthesia and Pain Management. My major research skills are in Cell Culture of Brain cells (Cortical), Immunocytochemistry, Microscopy, High-Performance Liquid chromatography, recruiting patients for scientific research.
Nitric oxide is my major research molecule. It has been used in mice as an anaesthetic and I will like to test it in humans due to currently available anaesthetics having unwanted side effects. Nitric oxide is a gas occurring in nature and made up of one Nitrogen and one Oxygen molecule that has effects on several parts of the body especially the brain and the heart.
However, too much of everything is bad so I need to know how much of Nitric Oxide is too much concentration, so that the drug can be monitored when produced. I cannot administer the drug to humans until tested in the laboratory, so I need a little portion of a mammalian brain cell and grow it in the incubator for 14 days. I make use of the cerebral cortex a part of the brain responsible for information processing. That way I add various concentrations of Nitric oxide and subtract some nitric oxide from the cells while they are growing in the incubator.
The major effect of this drug has been in Neurotransmission which implies that messages may be sent faster in the brain or slowly depending on the concentration of the drug used. It has also been found that the Nitric Oxide already present in human brain cells decreases gradually from birth, hence it is prominent in newborns leading to their rapid brain development from age 0 to 2 years. A picture of my research work is presented here
(1) Picture of a 14 day old in vitro rat brain cell (Cortex) showing effects of nitric oxide on neurotransmission.
My Typical Day:
I am a researcher so I spend my days reading about work done by others before I enter the laboratory to avoid making the same mistakes made in previous work.
I work as an advisory consultant where I give advice to clients on how to carry out experiments and how to develop new drugs, cosmetics and foods for better profit. I also serve in human rights roles where I ensure that the right to health is not abused.
My day involves reading and writing whenever I am not in the laboratory.
A typical laboratory day as a neuroscientist involves, dissection of rat mammalian brain, cell culture in an incubator, immunocytochemistry experiments, Taking pictures of brain cells in a dark room with a special microscope called Epifluorescence microscope.
A combination of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics is highly required in the Neurosciences discipline.
I have to ensure that my discovery is made known to other researchers to help them in their research work so I attend conferences to present my work and this also serves as my holiday from work. I have met military researchers who work as biologists and neuroscientists. The usefulness of my research is that I can grow mammalian cells that may be used in transplant technology and conquer the problems of finding a transplant donor in medicine. Military men also tend to have head injuries easily and this research can go a long way to bring development.
As a Neuroscientist, I served in the Royal Voluntary Service as an NHS COVID-19 Responder. For Check-in and Chat Volunteer during the COVID-19 Pandemic by speaking with people who were lonely from isolation.
Myself in the middle with 4 US ARMY researchers at the Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, California 2014.
I (Right) and a classmate (Left) carrying out a biochemistry experiment. I am sensitive to flashlight, so don’t mind that my eyes were closed in the picture.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I have produced Life of a Scientist Magazine and summer camp engagements for teenagers to understand Science as well as gain public speaking experience. If I win, I will use the prize money to create more educational materials for teenagers like Science Fiction Movies and Public Lectures by true-life scientists and science students. I am now recruiting teenagers (with parental/guardian consent) for the Science Fiction Movie titled “Captain Adediwura”.
I produced this magazine last year in June/July for my 40th Birthday Celebration. It is available at Lulu Bookstore with global distribution for Teenagers and their parents/guardians who need more information on choosing science careers. The movie will be out soon and I am currently recruiting teenagers for the Science Movie. However, I need support financially and will use the prize money to produce the Science-Fiction Movie by Scientists and Science Students to improve performance in science subjects. Hollywood has done well with science fiction, but having real-life scientists direct, act and produce science fiction, movies will portray the true nature of current and future science.
My daughter, Miss Abidoba Oyekenu 16, is one of my teenage STEM ambassadors and has now gained admission to San Diego State University to study Aerospace Engineering. I will like to help more teenagers.
Other teenagers from Summer Camp 2021
Master Iwuagwu 15
Miss Iwuagwu 12
Federal Government College, Lagos Nigeria (High School 1992-1997), B.Sc in Biochemistry at Olabisi Onabanjo University (2004), M.Sc in Pharmacology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (2010-2011). PhD student in Cell Physiology and Pharmacology (Neuroscience) at University of Leicester, UK (2013-2015), Doctorate in Healthcare Management and Leadership at California Intercontinental University, USA (2018-2021)
Science Student, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate
UNICEF volunteer in HIV prevention, Hospital laboratory, Integrated Science teacher, Sales Representative for laboratory and engineering equipment, Life Insurance Marketer, Healthcare assistant for dementia and learning disabilities, Researcher in biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, neuroscience e.t.c,
Healthcare Executive and Board Member at Pray Motion, California
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
I am an enthusiastic, dynamic and analytical scientist.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
As a neuroscientist, my daughter has now become an aerospace engineering student. I have been teaching her science since she was four years old. I have also been able to help other children by volunteering as a science teacher during summer camps and of course for I`m a Scientist projects..
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My mother is a retired nurse and has given me inspiration all these years. I started reading her nursing textbooks at the tender age of 8 years.
What was your favorite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Paediatric Neurologist (Doctors looking after the brain of children), But I ended up as a Scientist studying the brain of newborn babies (Neonatal Neuroscientist)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was loved by many teachers as I was one of the best in my class so I hardly got into trouble. However,the word trouble is subjective. If I submitted my assignments before my other classmates I was in trouble with my mates.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Advocacy for advancement in Science and Technology
Who is your favorite singer or band?
Beyonce now, but as a teen I loved Whitney Houston but unhappy the way she died of drug overdose
What's your favorite food?
Toast Bread with butter
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Produced a sun-tan compound. I spent 3 days in an all expense paid residential competition by BBSRC where I was in a team of 5 to represent the University of Leicester at the Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurial Scheme (BYES)
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
(1) Be one of the people to find cures to neonatal (New born Babies) brain diseases 2) Go on a 3 month vacation (3) Buy a house in Hollywood (I will have to work hard for that)
Tell us a joke.
Why didn`t the skeleton cross the road?. Choose the most humerus. Because (1) he had no guts inside of him (2) he had no-body to cross with him (3) everyone had a bone to pick with him