Chigozie Louis Okolie

Chigozie holds a Master of Science degree from Dalhousie University with sub-specialization in Food Biochemistry. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree (B. Sc.) in Biochemistry from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. Chigozie’s master’s research, which was conducted and funded by the Verschuren Centre, focused on the influence of novel extraction technologies on the structure-function relationship between polysaccharides from Ascophyllum nodosum and in vitro prebiotic activity. Chigozie has also completed projects on “the hypoglycaemic, antioxidant, antilipidemic and hepatoprotective potential of Mimosa pigra plant extracts on alloxan induced diabetic Wistar rats” and “in silico analysis of Dipeptidyl peptidase IV inhibitory peptides (peptides with antidiabetic properties)”. He also represented the VC’s Bioproducts group at the World Conference on Prebiotics and Probiotics, in Geneva Switzerland, for an invited research presentation. He joined the Verschuren Centre staff in May 2018 as a research assistant and is currently working on the synthesis of ferromagnetic nanoparticles for biomedical application in the development of a wound healing biosensor. Chigozie is part of a team of researchers, the Solid-State Chemistry research group, with versatile expertise under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Martin Mkandawire. Chigozie has 5 publications to his name, three peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters.


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