Dr Omotayo Ilesanmi

Applied Biochemistry
Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria
Tell us a bit about yourself – what was your PhD about and where did you study?
I am a lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of science, Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. My PhD involves a research on the neuroprotective effect of Antiaris africana on Parkinson- and BCCAO- induced model of neurological disorders. I obtained my PhD from Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria.

What do you do now? What did you decide to do next after gaining your PhD?
Currently, I am researching and attending neuromatch academy, where I am learning about computational neuroscience. My goal is to get a postdoc placement.

Has having a PhD helped in developing your career? If yes, what has been the biggest impact? If no, why do you think that is?
Yes, it has provided me opportunities to meet with senior researchers and allows me to be indepedent in research design and execution.

What’s one piece of advice that you’d offer prospective students considering a PhD?
Have an open mind and should not think that obtaining PhD is not the end of learning. It is the beginning of learning.

And what one thing would you suggest that new PhD graduates should do next?
Explore several opportunities that PhD degree offers, from postdoc to research institute etc.

Lastly, what’s your favourite memory from your time as a PhD student?
One of the interesting experience was when I was rushing to enable me defend my PhD thesis, my supervisor was like- why are you in a hurry, you do not have to use other peoples horse to run your race. i.e run at the pace of your supervisor. I had to relax and waitttttt for my supervisor.

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