This week, Dr. Shams Yazdani travelled to Akure, Nigeria, to visit the lab of one of the collaborative CRP grant holders and to assist with training and lectures.
Dr. Shams Yazdani, Microbial Engineering Group Leader at ICGEB New Delhi, India, collaborates on a CRP grant with Prof. Folasade Olajuyigbe, Director of the Central Research Laboratory at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA).
Recently, he was able to visit FUTA to meet with officials, researchers, and students to discuss ways to strengthen ties between ICGEB and FUTA and other Nigerian biotech-based institutions.
These included the representative of the Vice Chancellor of FUTA, Prof. Adenike Temidayo Oladiji, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Prof. Taiwo Timothy Amos, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sunday Samuel Oluyamo, and Prof. B.J. Akinyele, Director, International Strategy Office. A great opportunity to discuss the activities of FUTA and the different programmes that ICGEB offers.
The visit provided an opportunity for Dr. Yazdani to present an interactive seminar on microbial engineering for environmental sustainability and improved bioenergy. This was during the event organised by FUTA in collaboration with the ICGEB and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan on “Equipping Researchers and Technologists for Global Competitiveness”.
Dr. Yazdani also visited the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in Abuja and met with Dr Toyin Solobo, ICGEB Liaison officer and Director, Molecular Biotechnology Department, along with the researchers of different departments about the ongoing R&D at NABDA (below).