2016 Trainees

Oluwatoyin Aduke Babalola, Ph.D

Oluwatoyin Babalola earned her Ph.D in 2015 in parasitology and worked in the Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IAMRAT) at the University of Ibadan as a research scientist in the Genetics and Bioethics research unit coordinating sickle cell disease (SCD) research projects. She was granted the post-doctoral appointment under the NIH funded D43 Interdisciplinary Training grant to study the diagnosis and characterization of sickle cell phenotypes in the Olopade Laboratory for a period of 12 months. The specifc aims of her fellowship are 1) To determine the hemoglobin phenotypes of individuals living with SCD in Nigeria by assessment of menatological parameters and hemoglobin variants quantitation 2) To genotypically characterize the existing forms of SCD by the determination of the beta globin haplotype in each individual and determine alpha and beta globin chain deletions in thalassemic patients 3) To determine the severity index for SCD by matching phenotype and genotype of individuals with clinical records/manifestation in order to identify patients at higher risk for intervention and managment.