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Prof. Abidemi Kappo

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University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof Abidemi Paul Kappo holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) with a specialization in Structural Biology; and an MSc degree in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Nigeria and a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Lagos State University (LASU), Nigeria. I also hold two certificates of competent training in Chemical Biology, as well as Proteomics & Protein Bioinformatics from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in Heidelberg, Germany and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) respectively. I started my academic career as a Lecturer at LASU after completing my MSc. In 2002, I enrolled for a PhD in the lab of Prof. Jasper Rees under the guidance of Prof David Pugh at UWC in Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics. After completion of my PhD degree, I had Postdoctoral Research Training at the Institute for Plant Biotechnology, University of Stellenbosch under Prof Jens Kossmann but returned back to UWC in 2010 to take up a research post at the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC), under Prof Mervin Meyer before leaving to join Walter Sisulu University (WSU), Mthatha in 2011. I moved from WSU to the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Zululand as a Senior Lecturer and later Associate Professor between 2013 and 2017 and from there, I joined the University of Johannesburg as a full Professor of Biochemistry. I am a recipient of many research fellowships, grants and travel awards, and was awarded an yearly grant of R1 000 000 million (2015-2020) by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) to build research capacity and train “a critical mass” of young South African scientists in Biomedical Sciences. In the last 5 years, 7 PhD and 25 MSc students have graduated from my lab. I have research collaborations around the world: specific ones with Prof Tom Thompson at the University of Cincinnati Medical School, Cincinnati, USA; Prof Raphael Isokpehi at Bethune-Cookman University, Florida, USA; Prof Mervin Meyer at UWC, South Africa; Prof Trevor Sewell at the Aaron Klug Centre of Imaging Analysis, UCT, South Africa; Prof Christo Muller of the South African Medical Research Council. I am widely travelled and happily married to Dr Christie Kappo-Abidemi with two children: Daniel and Daniela.Prof Abidemi Paul Kappo holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) with a specialization in Structural Biology; and an MSc degree in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Nigeria and a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Lagos State University (LASU), Nigeria. I also hold two certificates of competent training in Chemical Biology, as well as Proteomics & Protein Bioinformatics from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in Heidelberg, Germany and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) respectively. I started my academic career as a Lecturer at LASU after completing my MSc. In 2002, I enrolled for a PhD in the lab of Prof. Jasper Rees under the guidance of Prof David Pugh at UWC in Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics. After completion of my PhD degree, I had Postdoctoral Research Training at the Institute for Plant Biotechnology, University of Stellenbosch under Prof Jens Kossmann but returned back to UWC in 2010 to take up a research post at the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC), under Prof Mervin Meyer before leaving to join Walter Sisulu University (WSU), Mthatha in 2011. I moved from WSU to the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Zululand as a Senior Lecturer and later Associate Professor between 2013 and 2017 and from there, I joined the University of Johannesburg as a full Professor of Biochemistry. I am a recipient of many research fellowships, grants and travel awards, and was awarded an yearly grant of R1 000 000 million (2015-2020) by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) to build research capacity and train “a critical mass” of young South African scientists in Biomedical Sciences. In the last 5 years, 7 PhD and 25 MSc students have graduated from my lab. I have research collaborations around the world: specific ones with Prof Tom Thompson at the University of Cincinnati Medical School, Cincinnati, USA; Prof Raphael Isokpehi at Bethune-Cookman University, Florida, USA; Prof Mervin Meyer at UWC, South Africa; Prof Trevor Sewell at the Aaron Klug Centre of Imaging Analysis, UCT, South Africa; Prof Christo Muller of the South African Medical Research Council. I am widely travelled and happily married to Dr Christie Kappo-Abidemi with two children: Daniel and Daniela.

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