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Edidiong Akang, PhD

Associate Research Scientist of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

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Edidiong Akang, PhD

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I have a B.Sc (hons), an M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Anatomy. I obtained my Ph.D. in January 2015 from the prestigious University of Lagos, having worked on the male gonad and factors regulating spermatogenesis. I advanced to obtain a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Division of Clinical Anatomy, South Africa from 2016-2018. I have since then published over 17 articles in reputable Scopus and ISI journals with a h-index of “12” and citation of “405” in google scholar.

I have been teaching and conducting research in tertiary institutions since 2010, and I have worked in 4 different Universities including the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and the University of Lagos, Nigeria. I have taught different aspects of anatomy including gross anatomy, human embryology, histology and neuroanatomy to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. In the University of Lagos, I was a course coordinator for Advanced developmental Anatomy, and Neuroanatomy for over 2 years.

I have been head of department of Anatomy comprising 4 senior lecturers, 7 lecturers, and 5 lab technologists and other administrative staff. I have supervised many undergraduates, 12 M.Sc., and 2 PhD students who are now senior lecturers in their universities. I am an external assessor for graduate students from international institutions, contributed to curricula development and chaired embalming workshops which have generated revenue the universities and greatly increased human capacity for employability and entrepreneurship.

My research interest is on understanding factors militating against the spermatozoon, molecular mechanisms regulating spermatogenesis and enhancers of male fertility. My research has been supported by grants from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, and Austrian OeAD. In addition, I obtained the Marie Sklodowska Curie Action Postdoctoral fellowship “Seal of Excellence” in March 2022. I obtained the visiting Scholar award from the American Association of Anatomy (AAA), and I am also a beneficiary of several travel grants from other professional bodies to present peer reviewed abstracts at local and international conferences.

Currently, my research sits on the nexus of spermatozoa and Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV has been reported to alter sperm motility and the semen is known to be a good reservoir for HIV. Therefore, my current study is directed at developing therapeutics that will prevent the attachment and entry of HIV.

In the near future, I hope to lead a state-of-the-art laboratory for andrology, clinical embryology, and genetics in order to advance reproductive medicine and develop human capacity for both academia and industry. I am optimistic that my lab will develop several therapeutics that will be of great interest to pharmaceuticals and health care practitioners attracting mega grants to my institution.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Lagos, Anatomy (Reproductive biology) (2015)
  • MSc
    University of Lagos, Anatomy (2010)
  • BSc (Hon)
    University of Calabar, Anatomy (2007)

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