I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry in 2010 and also completed a MSc in the same field from the Ahmadu Bello University. My key research interests are broadly in food and chemical toxicity and their roles in the etiology of chronic diseases, particularly cancers.
Science-related Work Experience:
Beginning in 2015, I work as a research scientist at the National Biotechnology Development Agency of Nigeria were I participated in developing and promoting the adoption of biotechnology products and ideas in agriculture and medicine. Prior to that, I interned in the Chemical Pathology laboratory at the National Hospital, Abuja, where I gained valuable laboratory experience beyond school and developed a keener interest in laboratory research. My research in food-based chemoprevention of chemically-induced cancers was presented at the AORTIC conference in Kigali in 2017. In 2010 and 2014, I led advocacy projects in HIV/AIDS and adolescent reproductive health in rural communities in Southwestern Nigeria. It is my interest in expanding knowledge in disease dynamics in resource constrained settings and promoting sustainable response to diseases at the population level. I am currently undertaking a PhD studies in Cell and Molecular Biology (Universidad Austral de Chile) where my research will focus on developing exosome-based biomarkers for estrogen exposure in fish. This research should broaden our understanding of the molecular effects of and responses to exogenous estrogen as an example of endocrine disruptors and drive improvements in food safety and aquaculture operations.
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
I am a trained Public Health practitioner and currently developing an interest in nature photography
Area of science:
Marc’s research focuses on Developmental Biology using the zebrafish as a model system, using molecular and genetic approaches. His main focus is on bone development and homeostasis, however his group is also studying more general perturbations of zebrafish physiology by physical (changes in gravity) or chemical treatments. Recent studies include studying the effects of food additives, endocrine disruptors, and of mixtures thereof to better understand the intricate interactions between the various signalling pathways involved.
Currently a Research Associate at the "Fonds National de Recherche Scientifique", Principal Investigator at the GIGA Research Center and Lecturer of Molecular and Cellular Biology at University of Liège (ULG). Marc obtained his MSc in Chemical Sciences at ULG, Belgium, in 1980 and was awarded in 1986 a PhD in Chemical Sciences, specialising on DNA repair mechanisms at the same University of Liège, Belgium. As a postdoctoral scientist in Germany, Marc was involved in studying gene regulation in various systems, before taking his present position and focusing on zebrafish embryo development and toxicology.
The PROTECTED ITN beneficiary and supervisor of ESR 5 (Assessment of the impact of endocrine disruptors and mixtures in vivo on zebrafish larvae).
Area of science:
Gudrun’s research focuses on effects of endocrine disrupting environmental changes resulting from manmade activities or from natural origin. Utilising innovative in vivo bioassays for the assessment of endocrine disruptors (ED’s) in the environment, this work aims to reveal ED mechanism identifying regulatory factors in blood to assess organismic response to real life exposure to mixtures in the aquatic environment.
Currently associate professor at the Biochemistry and Microbiology Institute of Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh). Previously Gudrun obtained her Diplom in Biological Sciences (Dipl. biol.) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Germany. In 1998 she was awarded Doctor in Science (Dr. rer. nat.) from LMU, specializing in gene expression research. Gudrun was involved in projects studying environmental effects on gene expression at the organismal level developing novel biologically relevant markers to reveal and monitor ED contamination in the aquatic environment.
The PROTECTED ITN Coordinator of the Network Training Committee and supervisor of ESR 12 (In vivo bioassays in adult carp).