Dr David Ogbolu – Royal Society Newton International Fellow
David Ogbolu was born in 1972 at Ibadan, the second largest city in Africa after Cairo and about 120 km from Lagos in Nigeria. He graduated as a Biomedical Scientist in 1997 with bias in Medical Microbiology. During his undergraduate studies David lost both parents but did not allow this to disrupt his vision. He was appointed as a Laboratory Scientist at University College Hospital (UCH) after graduating. While working here he became a Fellow of Medical Laboratory Science Council, Nigeria, and completed a Master of Science degree. He resigned his appointment at UCH in December 2006 and joined Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria, as a Lecturer II.
In 2008, he received a British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy research award to visit the Antimicrobials Research Group (ARG) at the University of Birmingham, UK where he was able to complete genomic research which contributed to the completion of his PhD degree in Medical Microbiology in Nigeria in 2010.
In 2011 David was awarded a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship to continue his research, again in collaboration with ARG in the UK to investigate the genetic basis for carbapenem resistance in Nigerian pathogenic bacteria. David has several published articles to his credit and has been one of the few researchers able to investigate mechanisms of antibiotic resistance amongst West African isolates. In 2005, he was a co-author of a publication that reported carriage of plasmids as a cause of bacteria resistance to quinolone antibiotics in Nigeria and recently (2011) showed the presence of isolates carrying the qnrD gene in Nigeria which was previously only been reported in China.