Dr. Israel Sunmola Afolabi
1. Food Quality, Spoilage, and Preservation.
2. Biodiversities of underutilized Bioresources through Food waste reduction, and Postharvest loss prevention.
Awards & Honours
(i) Fellow of the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan.
(ii) AfricanAGE 2012 International Academic award for excellence.
(iii) Recognition by the MDLinx Editorial Team for publishing article rated as number seven (7) in the area of internal-medicine site http://www.mdlinx.com/internal-medicine/news-article.cfm/4354493 on 11 Jan, 2013.
(iv) Recognition by BioMed Central Editorial for publishing a significant impactful article with total accesses: 1297 between 22 Dec, 2012 and 26 April, 2013.
(v) Recognition by BioMedLib: "Who is Publishing in My Domain?" for my article PMID: 23259718 that came top of the 20 articles published in his domain between 2012 and October 14, 2014.
(vi) Award of excellence by the Biological Sciences Student Association (BIOSSA), Covenant University 2014 in recognition of my Human development efforts, guidance and Academic impact during my tenure as Head of Biological Sciences Department, Covenant University, Ota on 4th April, 2014.
(vii)Best overall graduating Student in Mathematics, 1988 Sets at Govt. Secondary School, Ilorin, Kwara State. Nigeria.
(viii)Best overall Form IV Student at 1986 vacation school organized by Institute of Education, University of Ilorin, Ilorin. Kwara State. Nigeria.
(ix)Third best overall Student in Form 1, 1983 Set at Govt. High School, Ilorin, Kwara State. Nigeria.
Food and Nutritional Biochemistry; Plant Biochemistry; Analytical and Research Methods in Biochemistry
Current Postgraduate Supervision
a.) Miss Abimbola Jolaoluwa won the best M.Sc. graduating student in Biochemistry Programme, Covenant University, 2012/2013 set.
b.) Miss Tolulope Bisi-Adeniyi won the best M.Sc. project student in Biochemistry Programme, Covenant University, 2012/2013 set.
Current Ph.D students Supervision and Teaching.
i.) Miss Tolulope Bisi-Adeniyi
ii.) Mr. Oluwatobi S. Adegbite
Current M.Sc students Supervision and Teaching.
i.) Miss Iyanuoluwa Osikoya
ii.) Miss Adaobi Okafor
Selected Publications (28)
22. Solenostemon monostachyus, Ipomoea involucrata and Carica papaya seed oil versus Glutathione, or Vernonia amygdalina: Methanolic extracts of novel plants for the management of sickle cell anemia disease.[ Download 350.54 kB ]
b.) 29th Annual Conference Of Nigerian Society Of Biochemistry And Molecular Biology At The Federal University Of Technology, Akure, Ondo State. 6th – 9th December, 2009. A Paper Was Presented On “Bioresource Utilization Approach For Carica Papaya Seed Waste Reduction.”
c.) International Biotechnology Symposium (IBS) 2009. At Center for Learning Resources, Covenant University, Ota. Theme: Biotechnology in An Emerging Economy. 28 –30 April, 2009.
d.) Nigerian Society of Experimental Biology (NISEB) Proceedings of the 5th International conference/AGM on 28th – 3rd March 2007. Theme:- Translating life sciences into sustainable living standard: a global challenge. A paper was presented on Chemical qualities of oils from some fresh and market vegetable crops within Kwara State of Nigeria.
e.) The 5th congress of the Federation of African societies of Biochemistry and Molecular biology (FASBMB) Abuja, Nigeria on 21st -24th November, 2006. Theme:-Health and wealth for Africa through biochemistry and molecular biology. A paper was presented on Biochemical assessment of the combination of bemul-wax and calcium chloride dip as agent for shelf-life extension of sweet potato (Ipomea batatas (L) Lam.).
f.) The 2nd Nigerian Drying Symposium, at NSPRI, Ilorin, Nigeria. Theme; Drying: A versatile tool for effective product preservation between 19th -21st June 2006. A paper was presented on Physicochemical properties of mango cultivars (mangifera indica l.) dried with a hybrid dryer.
g.) The 25th Annual Conference and Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB)/ Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB) West African Sub-Region 2005 at University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos, Nigeria between 15th –18th November 2005.
h.) The 5th International Food Convention At Mysore- India. Theme: Innovative Food Technologies And Quality Systems- Strategies For Global competitiveness, 5th –8th December 2003. A paper was presented on “Development Of Edible Coating ‘Bioemulsion’ For Shelf life Extension Of Mandarin Oranges.”
i.) 15th Indian Convention Of Food Scientist And Technologist, THEME: Biotechnology For Food And Nutritional Security 12th – 13th December 2002.
j.) 29th Annual Conference Of The Nigerian Society For Plant Protection 2nd –6th September 2001. A paper presented on “Assessment Of Pirimiphos Methyl For Kolanut Storage.”
k.) 29TH Annual Conference of Nutritional Society of Nigeria 2nd-5th November 1998.
Summary of Profile
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. Biochemistry (UNILORIN)
Dr. Israel Sunmola Afolabi is an Associate Professor, as well as the Head of Biological Sciences Department in Covenant University between 22nd October, 2012 and 8th August, 2014 during which the department was undoubtedly transformed into the best in the University, and also a world class status. He was also the Biochemistry Program Coordinator since joining Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria on 21st October 2008. He previously served as Assistant Quality Assurance Manager at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria PLC (2007-2008). He rose to the position of Senior Research Officer during 10 years of research working experience at the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria (1997-2007). He has also worked in many capacities, as a teacher under the National Youth Service Corps at Government Secondary School, Gwandu, Kebbi State-Nigeria (1994-1995) and as a Research/Marketing officer at Blafy International Associate, Ikoyi-Lagos (1996-1997) after his National Youth Service Corps at Government Secondary School, Gwandu, Kebbi State-Nigeria (1994-1995). He obtained his Ph.D. degree (Biochemistry) in 2008, having obtained a Master of Science degree in 2001 and Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 in the same field (Biochemistry) at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. In addition, He was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science in 2002 from the University of Ilorin. He also obtained a Diploma in Marketing at the University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos in 1995, and a Proficiency certificate in Computer Science in 1995 at the French Cultural Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. He attended his primary school at St. Barnabas Primary School, Ilorin (1977-1983), and Secondary School at Government Secondary School, Ilorin, Nigeria (1983-1988). He was awarded a Certificate of Fellowship in 2003 by The United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan after success with his advanced research/ training in Food Science and Technology carried out at the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore-India. He is versatile in the use of the Principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). His current research interest includes Food Quality, Spoilage, and Preservation; Biodiversities of underutilized Bioresources through Food waste reduction and Post-harvest loss prevention. His major research contribution involves:
1. Reducing national food waste through the optimization of the drying performance of a developed hybrid dryer that uses both kerosene and solar radiation for energy generation.
2. Development of an edible bio-wax (Bemul-wax) for preservation of agro-crops.
3. Developing methods for using the developed bio-wax for storing sweet oranges for a minimum period of four months without loss of its aesthetic, nutritional and sensory values.
He is currently working on adding value to certain under-utilized plants and agro-waste (Carica papaya seed) by researching into possible ways of utilizing them, and their potential for improving human health. His current research effort has led to the discovery of some new plants with potential for curing sickle cell anemia diseases.