Dr. Mojisola Cyril-Olutayo
Pharmacognosist, Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Mojisola Cyril-Olutayo joined the services of Obafemi Awolowo University in August 2010 as a Research fellow II. She was a Lecturer at the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko from 2001 till 2010 before taking an appointment with Drug Research and Production Unit, Faculty of Pharmacy. She had her BSc degree in Botany from the University of Ilorin in 1999, MSc Pharmacognosy in 2004 and Ph.D. Phytomedicines in 2015 from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.
Cyril-Olutayo has nineteen publications in learned, peer-reviewed journals and had attended several national and international conferences where she made presentations of her research work. Her research is in Phytomedicines and works specifically on Nigerian medicinal plants in the management of sickle cell disease and malaria. She established that unripe fruit of Carica papaya Linn. (Family Caricaceae), fermented at room temperature for five days gave high antisickling activity. She found that the mixture of Carica papaya unripe fruit and Sorghum bicolor leaves had antisickling properties and a product from this mixture has been patented. Her research work includes biological assays in determining antisickling properties of plants extracts, using the techniques of molecular biology to evaluate the mechanism of action of some herbal products/extracts with known antisickling properties, quantification of extracellular K+ leakage from Hb SS blood cell before and after incubation with herbal products/extracts and formulation studies of extracts used in treating sickle cell anaemia.
She was awarded the Carnegie Scholarship for female graduate students in 2004 and the NIAID/NIH grant through WHO/TDR for Fifth Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Malaria Conference in September 2009. In 2015 she received the TETFUND grant for Academic staff training and development programme (2012/2013) and she utilized it at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, the United Kingdom from November 2014 to February 2015. She, together with her team, won the WHO grant 2015/505155-0 for a project titled: Development of a culturally acceptable research career initiative for women scientists in diverse socio-cultural settings in Nigeria from April to October 2015. She was a co-researcher in the team. She won the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA)’s Best Oral Abstract Award, Category: Basic Science and Translational Research, at the 45th Annual National Convention, Atlanta Georgia, USA. October 25-28th, 2017.
She is a member of professional bodies such as the American Society of Tropical Medicine and hygiene, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, The American Society of Hematology and presently the National Secretary of The Nigerian Society of Pharmacognosy.
Dr. Mojisola Cyril-Olutayo is involved in community services. She is the president of the Sickle cell club Obafemi Awolowo University, and the Coordinator of the “God of Love” Worship Team.
Drug Research and Production Unit,
Faculty of Pharmacy,
Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-Ife. Osun State.