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Present Team members:

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Prof AJ Afolayan: Leader of the Centre. He supervises the overall activities of the Centre, including the postgraduate students and also sources for funding.


Prof Maroyi

Prof Alfred Maroyi: Co Leader of the Centre


Dr O Wintola:  Postdoctoral fellow.

Working on plants used to treat constipation.



Dr C Bvenura:  Postdoctoral fellow.

Working on the domestication of wild vegetables growing in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.



 Dr GA Otunola:  Postdoctoral fellow.

Working on the pharmacological evaluation of dietary spices on human metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia and heart disease)


Dr E Ajayi: Postdoctoral fellow.

Working on pH variation of extraction media on the chemical compositions of selected medicinal plants.


Dr S O Odeyemi:  Postdoctoral fellow.

Working on the evaluation of the antidiabetic and anti-obesity properties of the aqueous extract of Elaeodendron croceum stem bark in streptozotocin induced diabetic and genetically modified rat models



Dr O J Sharaibi:  Postdoctoral fellow.

Working on ethnomedicinal information, phytochemical analysis and antioxidant evaluations of medicinal plants used for the treatment of female infertility in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.



Dr Oluwagbenga O Adeogun: Postdoctoral fellow

Working on shelf life enhancement of fresh fruits and vegetables applying essential oils compounds from South African plants.


Ms M Mangoale:  PhD student (Botany).

Working on Alepidea amatymbica, a medicinal plant used in the treatment of hypertension in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.



Ms V Mgobozi:  PhD student (Botany).

Working on the nutritional value of mushrooms and their efficacy in food security in the Eastern CApe Province, South Africa.



Ms B Famewo: PhD student (Microbiology).

Working on the evaluation and identification of microbial contaminations in some herbal medicines used in the treatment of Tuberculosis in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.



Mrs A F Ogundola: PhD student (Botany).

Working on the impact of soil types on growth, phytochemical constituents and pharmacological properties of Solanum nigrum L., a wild vegetable growing in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.



Mr J Sagbo: PhD Student (Microbiology).

Working of the comparison of the antidiabetic activity and mechanism of action of extracts of Brachylaena elliptica (Thurb.) DC. and Brachylaena ilicifolia (Lam) Phill & Schweick.


Dr AS Akinrinde: PhD student (Biochemistry).

Working on the validation of the anti-diabetic properties of some plants used for the management of diabetes mellitus in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.



Mr. J Unuofin: PhD student (Botany).

Working on the pharmacological investigations of Kedrostis africana (L) Cogn. and Vernonia mespilifolia Less used for the management of obesity in Eastern Cape, South Africa.



Mr FU Ohikhena: PhD student (Botany).

Working on the pharmacological evaluation of Phragmanthera capitata (Spreng.) Balle, a parasitic mistletoe of rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) Muell. Arg.




Ms Tomi L Olatunji: PhD Student (Botany)

Working on Capsaicin and DNA profiling of Capsicum annuum L. and Capsicum frutescens L.





Mr Muhali O Jimoh: PhD Student (Botany)

Working on Effect of soil types on phenotypic, phytochemical constituents and nutritional properties of Amaranthus caudatus L.: a wild vegetatble growing in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.



Mrs Ouwafunmilayo D Adegbaju: PhD Student (Botany)

Working on Nutritional and pharmacological evaluation of Celosia argentea L.: A wild vegetable cultivated in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa



Ms Yanga N Mhlomi: MSc Student (Botany).

Working on evaluation of bioavalaibility of nutrients in a diet enriched with Moringa oleifera leaves using a rat model.


Ms Siyasanga T Mnciva: Honours Student (Botany).

Working on germination, growth performance and medicinal value of Phaseolus vulgaris (Bush bean).



Ms Zomsa Yako: MSc student (Botany).

Working on evaluation of the nutritional and anti-nutritional composition of Moringa oleifera leaf matrix.



Dr Ogochukwu O Izuegbuna: MSc student (Biochemistry)

Working on in-vitro evaluation of the anti-cancer properties of two Brassica oleracea varieties on acute leukemia cell lines


Ms Madeleine N.L. Ngo Mback: Visiting Research Fellow (Université de Yaoundé I, Cameroon)

Working on chemical analysis and antimicrobial activities of essential oils. Specifically, on the inhibition of biofilms formation as virulence factor in Candida species.