Bamisaye Oyawaluja: Nigerian Visiting Researcher in the UIC College of Pharmacy

Bamisaye is a Research Scholar in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy in the College of Pharmacy. He is originally from Lagos, Nigeria’s most populated city and commercial center. His research involves isolating the medicinally active compounds in a Nigerian medicinal plant in the hopes to chemically synthesize these compounds. This plant is used to treat coughs, toothaches, fevers (including malaria), venereal diseases, high blood pressure, and intestinal parasites. The powdered form of the plant can also be applied to wounds and sores. The aim of the research is to isolate the compounds responsible for the treatments which could lead to new antibiotics, antiulcer, and antihypertensive medications. Other cures or treatments may also be found through additional testing. The research at UIC will be used to complete his PhD at the University of Lagos.

Bamisaye first heard of UIC from his supervisor back home and from a colleague who came to UIC previously. The modern equipment and environment at UIC, including the abundance of quality mentors, faculty members, and researchers, are what Bamisaye enjoys most about researching at UIC. He plans to finish his PhD and hopes to become a professor one day.

Bamisaye misses his family the most – his wife, 3 brilliant sons, and his mother. He gets a taste of home through cooking and has found Nigerian products and ingredients here in Chicago. He is learning many things about American culture including punctuality, time management, and our often direct approach to things. As he arrived in early fall of 2016, he has not yet explored Chicago as much as he hopes to once the weather is better. Bamisaye plans to visit Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, and the Field Museum of Natural History. Outside of research, Bamisaye enjoys reading, watching football (soccer), listening to news about everything from politics to sports, and meeting new people and making friends.

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