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Agbaje to x-ray how to usefully exploit microorganisms, nanoparticles

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As Nigeria aims for diversification of resources, the Head, Nanotechnology Research Group (NANO+) at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, and a Professor of Microbiology, Agbaje Lateef will through his inaugural lecture slated for Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the Great Hall, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, Nigeria at 12 noon, speak on the interconnectivity among microbiology, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

With his lecture, titled ‘The next big thing is very small: the paradox of diminutive microbes and nanoparticles’, he would be addressing how microorganisms and nanoparticles can be usefully exploited to advance growth and development of a nation. The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Michael O. Ologunde, a former teacher of Agbaje at the undergraduate, will chair the event.

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The inaugural lecture will be the first to be delivered by a former undergraduate student of LAUTECH working in the institution. Agbaje, who obtained all his degrees at LAUTECH, started his career as a graduate assistant in the Department of Pure and Applied Biology of the institution in 1998 and rose to become a Professor in 2013.

He is a specialist in microbiology, biotechnology and nano-biotechnology, with more than 120 publications to his credit. He recently led a team of international scholars to produce a pioneering textbook ‘Microbial Nanobiotechnology: Principles and Applications’, which was published by Springer Nature, Singapore. He has the highest h-index of 24 and 78 articles in Scopus coming on top of LAUTECH scholars.

It would be recalled that among other things, Agbaje Lateef has raised the bar of scholarship in nanotechnology research in Nigeria through his research group, NANO+, which has dominated nanotechnology discourse in the country in the last five years.

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