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Itoandon Emolaila Ejiya

PRINCIPAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST

PROFESSIONAL OVERVIEW

Research biotechnologist and molecular engineer with multiple years of laboratory experience. Accomplished in generating and applying new protocols and technologies. Qualified in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology. I enjoy collaborating with scientists from different disciplines to develop new skills and solve new challenges. Effective communicator and teacher that can conceptualize complex biological to audiences with varied expertise. 

EDUCATION

2003 - 2005 MSc Microbiology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago – Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Thesis Title: Studies on production and activities of amylase, cellulase and pectinase enzymes of Bacillus and Aspergillus species from Stale Fast Foods.

1994 - 1998 BSc Microbiology, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.

Thesis Title: Preliminary phytochemical analysis and antimicrobial properties of crude extract of Combretodendron macrocarpum stem bark.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Jan 2011Present

Senior Research Officer

Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Lagos, Nigeria
  • Production and development of microbial strains for industrial application.
  • Development of microbial expression systems for optimization purpose.
  • Production and scale up of industrial enzymes, metabolites and bioenergy materials.
  • Processing and utilization of agricultural wastes for production of bioenergy products.
  • Project proposal development and adoption of HACCP to promote industrial productivity.
  • Quality Control Officer (Product development and validation).
  • Monitoring and identifying microorganisms.
  • Tracking of microorganisms in a range of environments.
  • Monitoring and assessing samples from a range of sources.
  • Developing new techniques, products and processes.
  • Collecting samples from different types of environments, such as agricultural and industrial sites.
  • Working with specialist computer software to undertake studies and research.
  • Managing and overseeing laboratory work.
  • Grant application officer.
Sep 2003Aug 2010

Production manager/Microbiologist

Bell - Oaks Industries, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Conduct quality control of finished product for improved market value.
  • Ensuring application of HACCP in production process.
  • Create validation process to ensure consistency in quality of finished goods.
  • Ensuring up to date data compilation of activities between product and end user.
  • Validation of product efficacy.
  • Conduct routine quality control practice.
Oct 2001Jul 2003

Quality Control Officer/Microbiologist

Pharchem Industries Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Read, prepare and understand blueprints as well as specifications.
  • Monitoring operations to ensure that they meet production standards.
  • Recommend adjustments to manufacturing processes.
  • Inspect and test raw materials as well as finished products.
  • Removing all products and materials that fail to meet specifications.
  • Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products.
  • Report inspection and test data.
  • Perform chemical, physical, and microbiological measurements; interprets test results and assessing their compliance.
  • Verify the comprehensiveness of a tests as well as compliance of supporting documents, and ensuring follow-up of abnormalities.
  • Identify abnormalities and determine the cause while establishing corrective and preventive actions, and ensuring follow-up.
Aug 1998Aug 1999 

Test Analyst (NYSC - National Youth Sevice Corps)

Freedom Medical Lab, Gusau Zamfara State, Nigeria 
  • Prepare Microbiological growth media and other laboratory solutions to support microbiology laboratory testing.
  • Perform testing to support microbiology R&D projects in accordance with SOPs and regulations (ISO, GLP).
  • Make detailed observations, documents results and perform data analysis.
  • Demonstrate a consistently high level quality of work.
  • Organize work by matching computer orders with specimen labeling; sorting specimens; checking labeling; logging specimens; arranging reports for delivery; keeping work surfaces clean and orderly.
  • Maintain quality results by running standards and controls, verifying equipment function through routine equipment maintenance and advanced trouble shooting; calibrating equipment utilizing approved testing procedures; monitoring quality control measures and protocols.
  • Contributes to a safe and secure environment for patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers by following established standards and procedures; complying with legal regulations.
  • Maintain patient confidence by keeping laboratory information confidential.
  • Serve and protect the hospital community by adhering to professional standards, policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements.
  • Enhancing laboratory services and laboratory reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

CORE QUALIFICATIONS

Microbiology

Wild type strain isolation, charactization and identification • strain consortia development (bacteria/bacteria, fungal/fungal) • testing strains for microbial properties • strain assay. • competent cells development, • cells compatibility testing.

Bioinformatics

GenBank searching: BLAST, PSIBLAST, and PHI-BLAST • multiple sequence alignments • protein sequence analysis tools

Molecular Biology

DNA isolation, RNA isolation, plasmid and genomic DNA isolation, gene cloning from bacteria, PCR, Southern blotting, Northern blotting, fluorescent microscopy, primer construction.

Biochemistry

Protein isolation • protein gel electrophoresis • protein precipitation,  •protein purification • protein assay, zymogram.

Cell Culture Media

Media formulation for microbial growth and stability, • optimization of medium, •medium for enzyme and other bioactive compounds extraction, • mixed media formulation.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Nationality :Nigerian 

Date of Birth :31 March 1973 

Sex :Male 

Marital Status : Married

PASSPORT DETAILS

Passport No : A07074142 

Expiry Date : 28th December 2020