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Biography

I studied veterinary medicine and surgery at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria graduating in 2011. I worked briefly as a government veterinarian under the Nigerian National Youth Service Scheme between 2012 and 2013. Subsequently, I worked as a self-employed private-practice veterinarian from 2013 to 2014. During this period, I also worked briefly with the local Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) project unit in Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory as part of the community empowerment agricultural team. Towards the end of 2014, I moved to Edinburgh to do an MSc in Animal Biosciences hosted at the Roslin Institute & Royal (DicK) School of Veterinary Studies and completed the degree in 2015. Subsequently, I sucessfully applied for a University of Edinburgh PhD scholarship and the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship to undertake a PhD programme in 2015 and graduated in 2019 with a thesis focusing on developing the application of CRISPR/Cas9 for genome editing of chicken primordial germ cells (PGCs) to introduce specific alleles and study gene function in chicken. Since 2019, I have been a research fellow in Dr Mike McGrew's group at the Roslin Institute.

Current Research Interests

1. Unravelling the role of ANP32 proteins in promoting the replication of avian influenza virus in the chicken with the goal of developing novel anti-viral strategies to prevent avian influenza infections in poultry 

2. Functional validation of potentially useful genetic variations discovered through bioinformatics

2. Genome editing of poultry species through targeting of germ cells

3. Breeding for disease resistance/resilience and other welfare traits in livestock species

Research Interests

1. Genome editing for precision breeding of livestock and the investigation of gene function, disease and health

2. Vaccine development and production for livestock diseases

Qualifications

1. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 2019 University of Edinburgh, UK

   Editing the genome of chicken primordial germ cells to introduce alleles and study gene function

2. MSc Animal Biosciences, 2015 University of Edinburgh, UK

3. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), 2011 Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

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