Dr. Seniyat Afegbua was awarded the 2021 Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research grant on microplastic research in Nigeria.
Seniyat Afegbua has a BSc and MSc in Microbiology from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She was also privileged to receive the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Oversea Scholarship Scheme awards to pursue a Masters in Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology at Newcastle University, UK (2008) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science at the University of Birmingham, UK (2015). She has been lecturing at the Department of Microbiology since 2009 and is currently a Senior Lecturer. Her area of specialization is Environmental Microbiology, with an aptitude for interdisciplinary research. Her current research interests include Antimicrobial resistance in the environment, microplastics, bioremediation, microbial ecology, and plant-microbe interactions.
Seniyat Afegbua and her co-applicant, Dr. David Aldridge of the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK were recently awarded the 2021 Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research grant for proposed research titled “Feeding of the freshwater oyster (Etheria elliptica) on microplastic pollution in Nigeria: risks to human health, threats to biodiversity, and novel tools for environmental management”.
The pioneering research will provide insights on the impacts of microplastic contamination on water quality, food safety and microbial diversity and AMR dissemination.
Seniyat is open to interdisciplinary research collaboration.