Dr. Rufus Akinyemi, a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Neuroscience and Ageing Research Unit (NARU) in the Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IAMRAT), College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (CoMUI), and Chairman of the CoMUI 'Translational Research and Community Impact Committee" (TRaCC) sent me wonderful news about Boluwatife:
“Boluwatife Adewale is a CoMUI final year medical student and research intern at the Neuroscience and Ageing Research Unit (NARU), Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, CoMUI. He is also an aspiring physician-scientist interested in molecular neuroscience and computational genomics. He won the 2020 Sanger Prize and was a recipient of the 2021 Bayer Foundation Scientific Fellowship.
The Sanger Prize is won after an outreach competition for undergraduates from low and middle-income countries (LMICs) set up by The Sanger Institute through the generous donation of Sir John Sulston’s Nobel Prize money to a charitable trust to administer. From inception to 2020, there have been 15 winners from 11 different countries. Eligible applicants are undergraduates studying a degree relevant to genomics at a University or Institute in a LMIC.
Bayer Foundation Fellowships are designed to identify and nurture outstanding talents in the Life Sciences. The Bayer Foundation Fellowship will fund Boluwatife’s research visit in the Summer of 2022 to the Zeggini laboratory at the Institute of Translational Genomics, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen to enable him acquire competencies in population genomics of age-related diseases.
Boluwatife is currently on a research visit to the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, one of the leading institutes in genomics research globally, with a multidisciplinary research culture and supportive working environment for young scientists. He is with the Bayraktar group studying cellular heterogeneity of the developing brain using single-cell and spatial transcriptomics approaches. The goal of the project is to map the cellular basis of aberrant prenatal human brain development in Down's syndrome. Boluwatife's goal is to be well equipped to answer big questions in neuroscience using multi-omics approaches and to translate findings to clinical practice and better health outcomes. He is being mentored by Dr Rufus Akinyemi”.
I congratulate Boluwatife, his mentor and the entire Neuroscience and Ageing Research Unit (NARU) in the Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IAMRAT), CoMUI.
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