I am a Professor in the Department of Pharmacognosy in the Faculty of Pharmacy and also the Director of Phytomedicine Research Unit in the Institute of Advanced Medical Research & Training, College of medicine University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria. In addition, I have served as a member of the UI/UCH (University College Hospital) joint Ethics Review Committee (ERC).
I obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1981 (Upper 2nd Class), M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry in 1983 and PhD in Synthetic and Natural Products Chemistry in 1994, from UI.
I have over 70 refereed publications in scientific journals, a chapter in a book, 2 edited books, and currently registering herbal tea used in malaria management as a propriety product. My work is widely cited by others, with over 2000 citations by other researchers.
I have received over $700,000 in funding for my research, mainly from the World Health Organization (WHO), and I am the Program Leader for the University of Ibadan, Phytomedicine Research group. I have worked on the identification, chemistry and biology of antimalarial, antimicrobial including anti-mycobacterial agents from plants indigenous to Nigeria and the West/Central African region. The main focus of my research has been Natural Products Chemistry with particular reference to identification of potential bioactive compounds, the “active ingredients”, from Nigerian plants and spices. This has been achieved through bioassay-guided isolation and synthesis of plant products and derivatives with an overall goal of contributing to drug discovery from the ethnomedicine of the region.
I have been involved in the compilation of research materials in form of books or book chapters for research and teaching of Pharmacognosy, Medicinal chemistry and other natural products related research in tertiary Institutions in Nigeria and other regions. Identification of these plants was done in many communities in Nigeria where they are used in the traditional medical practices of the communities. For these studies, I received funding from WHO for over 6 years, the International Foundation for Science (IFS) for over 3 years. In 1998, I became the first African female to utilize the prestigious German Alexander von Humboldt fellowship in Natural Products. Likewise, in 2002, I became the first Nigerian female to receive the African Senior Fulbright award in Natural products Chemistry. For over 10 years, I have continued to utilize the research grant awards by the UI senate.
I have been involved in the training of over 500 B. Pharm. Degree graduates, over 20 MSc. and 6 PhD students and I have also mentored over 3 postdoctoral scholars. My membership of the ERC of UI/UCH for over 4 terms (2-yearly) has provided a template for me to be part of review and approval of over 200 research protocols. From May 2014, i have been appointed Chair of University of Ibadan Plant Use and Conservation Research Ethics Committee.
I have been 4-time acting Head of the Department of Pharmacognosy, member of Senate and Deputy Director of the Distance Learning Centre of the University of Ibadan. Presently. I am substantive head of department of Pharmacognosy.
Edith O. Ajaiyeoba PhD
Professor of & Head of Pharmacognosy
University of Ibadan.
Phone: (+234) 802 322 2796