May 24, 2018

Dr. Benjamin Thoha THOMAS

PERSONAL DATA

ADDRESS: Department of Microbiology

E-mails:benjamin.thomas@oouagoiwoye.edu.ng & benthoa2013@gmail.com

SOCIAL MEDIA ADDRESSES: NIL

DESIGNATION: NIL

BIOGRAPHY:

Benjamin Thoha THOMAS is an enthusiastic, self motivated and methodical researcher who major in molecular biology, microbial genetics and bioinformatics. His major trust is in post transcriptional gene silencing, bioinformatic analysis of putative transcriptional factors controlling gene expression, phylogeny construction and reconstruction as well as understanding the genetic diversity of ochratoxigenic fungi using different molecular markers. Thomas has received tremendous training in cytotaxonomy, current trends in genetics, molecular systematics, bioinformatics, microbial genomics and proteomics, RAPD, SDS-PAGE and interpretation of sequenced data to address public health problems. I have also conducted (with other researchers) researches pertaining the understanding of the molecular mechanism of antibiotic resistance and plasmid mediated resistance. His latest work is on the metagenomic analysis of ochratoxigenic fungi isolated from processed Manihot esculenta (Cassava flakes).

DEPARTMENT: Microbiology

ACADEMIC RANK:                                   Lecturer II

PRESENT POSITION:                              Lecturer II

RESEARCH INTEREST Molecular Biology, Microbial Genetics and Bioinformatics.

Academic Qualifications/Institutions Attended with Date:

(a) B.Sc (Hons) Microbiology Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye) –2007

(b) M.Sc Medical Microbiology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye)– 2012

(c) Ph.D  Cell Biology and Genetics, University of  Lagos – 2018

Institutions Attended with Date:

Olabisi Onabanjo University 2002– 2007

Olabisi Onabanjo University 2010– 2012

University of  Lagos               2013– 2018

Membership of and registration with professional bodies: NIL

 Awards and Distinctions: NIL

COURSES TAUGHT

 Courses Taught Within the Current Academic Session

Course code               Course Title                                                  Unit(s)

MCB 204                Microbial Physiology and Metabolism                       (3 units)

MCB 301                Microbial Genetics                                                      (3 units)

MCB 311                 Pathogenic Bacteriolgy                                               (3 units)

MCB 411                 Medical Virology                                                        (3 units)

MCB 405                Public health Microbiology and Epidemiology          (3 units)

MCB 390                Industrial Field Experience and Training                   (3units)

MCB 401                Seminar Topics in Microbiology                                 (2units)

MCB 206                Basic techniques in Microbiology                               (3 units)

MCB 490                Research Projects in Microbiology                             (6 units)

PUBLICATIONS:

(i)   Theses/Dissertation

Thomas, BT (2007). Antibacterial activity of Tapinanthus bangwensis on diarrhoeal causing organisms.Published B.Sc Dissertation submitted to the Department of Microbiology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Thomas, BT (2012). Microbiological quality assessment and survival of gastroenteritis pathogens in dried cassava powder. Published M.Sc.dissertation  submitted to the Department of Microbiolgy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria.

 Thomas, BT (2018). Biodiversity and Control of ochratoxigenic moulds isolatefrom processed Manihot esculenta (Cassava flakes)- Ph.D. thesis (Defended February, 2018).

(ii) Journal Articles:

Thomas BT, Ogunkanmi LA, Iwalokun BA and  Agu GC (2017). Molecular characterization and strain typing of fungal contaminants of Processed Manihot esculenta Crantz (“Garri”) in Ogun State, Nigeria. Annals of  Health  Research, 3(2): 112-117.

Thomas BT, Ogunkanmi LA, Iwalokun BA and  Popoola OD (2017).Genetic diversity of ochratoxigenic Aspergillus Section Nigri, Using RAPD And VCG Techniques. African Journal of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology , 18(4):205-209.

Thomas BT, Ogunkanmi LA, Iwalokun BA and  Agu GC (2017).Transcriptional factor influence on OTA production and the quelling attribute of siRNA on the OTA producing strains of Aspergillus Section Nigri. African Journal of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology , 8(4): 210-217.

Olanrewaju-Kehinde DSK, Oni MO, Thomas BT, Dele-Osinbanjo TA (2016). Polyethylene Degradation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa Harboring Catabolic Plasmids. International Journal of  Microbiological Research,7(2): 43-47.

Thomas BT, Agu GC, Oso OA, James ES, Davies A and Dele-Osinbanjo TA (2016). (2017).Evolutionary and Secondary Structure of Multi Drug Resistance Class 1 Integron from Gram Negative Bacteria. International Journal of  Microbiological Research,7(1): 21-29

Thomas BT, Agu GC, Makanjuola SO and Davies A (2015). Plasmid Profiling and Antibiotic Resistance of Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamases Producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa Expressing Amp C Beta-Lactamase Enzyme. American-Eurasian Journal of Scientific Research, 10 (2): 109-117.

Thomas  BT, Onwu N, Kolawole RM,  Makanjuola SO, Davies A and Popoola OD (2015). Does MenafriVac® Triggers Adverse Reaction Following Immunization? Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research, 23 (3): 387-393.

Kolawole RM, Thomas BT, Folorunso JB  and Oluwadun A(2015). Genetic diversity of  internal transcribed spacer region of filamentous fungi isolated from wheat in Lagos State, Nigeria. International Journal of Genetics, 5(1): 01-06.

Kolawole RM, Thomas BT, Folorunso JB  and Oluwadun A(2015).Outer Membrane Proteins of Filamentous Fungi Isolated from Wheat (Triticum spp.) In Lagos State, Nigeria. International Journal of Microbiological Research, 6 (1): 63-66.

Thomas BT,  Soladoye MO,  Adegboyega TT,  Agu GC,  Popoola OD (2015).  Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Anacardium occidentale Leaves and Bark Extracts. Nigerian Journal of Basic and Applied Science, 23(1):1-6.

Folorunso JB, Thomas BT, Raheem-Ademola RR, Iwalokun BA and Oluwadun A(2015). Plasmid Analysis of Etiologic Agents of Pyrexia of Undetermined Origin in Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. European Journal of Biological Sciences,7 (2): 45-49.

Folorunso JB,  Osonuga OA,   Davies A Folorunso JB,  Ogunbanjo OO,  Ogunbanjo  WO and Thomas BT (2015). Etiologic Agents of Pyrexia of Undetermined Origin Among Patients Attending a University Health Care Facility in Ogun State, Nigeria. World Journal of Medical Sciences, 12(2): 91-94.

Thomas BT, Agu GC,  Makanjuola SO, Popoola OD (2014). Genome shuffling of Lactobacillus fermentum for improved production of lactic acid. American Journal of Research Communication, 2(1): 245-250.

Adegboyega T, Thomas BT,  Agu GC  and  Abiodun AT (2014). Can Nigeria Sustain the Fight against Drug Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis? Journal of Microbiology Research, 4(2): 72-77.

Agu GC,  Efuntoye MO, Thomas BT  and  Adegbulu AA (2013). Lactic Acid Bacteria and Antibiotics: A Comparative Study of Their Antibacterial Activities. International Journal of Microbiological Research, 4 (3): 234-240.

Osho A, Thomas BT,  Akande YA  and Udor RD (2013). Toothbrushes as Fomites. Journal of Dentistry and Oral Hygiene, 5(9): 92-94.

Osho A, Thomas BT, Adesanya OO, Awokoya FA (2013). Antibiotic Profiling of Dentogingival Bacterial Flora of Primary School Pupils in Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. American Journal of Research Communication, 1(12): 413-420.

Kolawole RM, Thomas BT, Adekunle AA  and  Oluwadun A (2013). Postharvest Pathogenic Fungi of Wheat Circulating in Lagos State, Nigeria. Nigeria. American Journal of Research Communication, 1(12): 421-428.

Agu GC, Thomas BT, Agu NC and Agbolade OM (2013). Prevalence of Diarrheal Agents and the In-Vitro Effects of Three Plant Extracts on the Growth of the Isolates. American Journal of Research Communication, 1(12): 429-444..

Agu GC, Olatunbi IT, Thomas BT, Agu NC and Agbolade OM (2013). Antibiotic resistant pattern of some pathogenic bacteria and Candida albicans isolated from asymptomatic adolescents and their susceptibility to four medicinal plant extracts. International Journal of Advanced Research, 1(6): 457- 464.

Thomas BT, Effedua HI,  Agu GC, Akinduti A, Ejilude O, Efuntoye MO, Ayodele AE and Oluwadun A (2012). Extrinsic Factors Influencing Antibacterial Activities of Tapinanthus bangwensis against Diarrheal Causing Organisms. International Journal of Microbiological Research, 3 (1): 33-37..

Musa OS,  Thomas BT, Kolawole RM, Adebayo OM  Antibacterial and synergistic effect of honey and cocoa extract against extended spectrum Beta lactamase producing Escherichia coli. Basic Research Journal of Microbiology,1(3): 28-32

B.T. Thomas, G.C.Agu, O. S. Musa, M.T. Adeyemi, O.O.Davies, K.O. Adesoga and O.C.Ogueri (2012). Cross class resistance to non beta lactams antimicrobials in extended spectrum beta lactamases producing Escherichia coli – a concern to health care practitioners. International Research Journal of Microbiology, 3(2): 050-054.

M.O.Efuntoye, A. E. Ayodele, B. T.Thomas and T. O. Ajayi (2010). Does Host Plant affect the Antibacterial Activity of Tapinanthus bangwensis (Engl. and K. Krause) Danser (Loranthaceae)? Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 4(13):1281-1284..

(iii)          Published Conference Proceedings:

Popoola, O.D., Thomas, B.T., Agu, G.C., Anyamene, C.O. (2017). Presence of efflux pump mediated antibiotic resistance in Gram negative in Gram negative Bacteria isolated from primary school pupils in Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. Being a paper presented at the 1st  International Conference of  Faculty of Science, Pg 14 of  book of

Thomas, B.T., Ogunkanmi, A., Iwalokun,  B.A. and   Popoola, O.D. (2017). Quelling  of  Ochratoxin A using RNA interference technology. Being a paper presented  at the 1st  International Conference of  Faculty of  Science, Pg 12 of  book of abstract.

Agu, G.C., Adekoya, B.E., Nwenyi, V.M. and Thomas, B.T. (2017). Prevalence and  Multi-drug resistant bacteria from different wound sites in some hospitals in Ogun State, Nigeria. Being  a paper presented at the 51st Annual Conference of the Science Association of Nigeria, pg 31 of book of abstract.

M.Kolawole, B.T. Thomas, J.B. Folorunso and A. Oluwadun (2015). GC-MS analysis and antifungal activities of Senna alata Linn. A paper presented at the 10th annual Mycotoxicology society of Nigeria, 2015, Pg 37 of  book of abstract.

M.Kolawole, B.T. Thomas, J.B. Folorunso and A. Oluwadun (2015). Outer membrane proteins of filamentous fungi isolated from wheat in Lagos State, Nigeria. A paper presented at the 10th annual Mycotoxicology society of Nigeria, 2015, Pg 38 of  book of abstract.

(iv) Manuscripts Submitted for Publication

Popoola, O.D., Agu, G.C., Anyamene, C.O. and Thomas, B.T. (2017). Chemical Urine Findings in Asymptomatic Primary School Pupils with Significant Bacteriuria in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. Annals  of  Health Research (In press)

Popoola, O.D., Thomas, B.T., Agu, G.C. and Anyamene, C.O. (2017). Presence of efflux pump mediated antibiotic resistance in Gram negative in Gram negative Bacteria isolated from primary school pupils in Ago Iwoye. African Journal of science and nature (In press)

Agu, G.C.,Ogunkomaya, A.M., Umeh, S.O.,Thomas, B.T. (2017). Beta lactamasae producing Staphylococcus aureus isolated from meat based foods. A paper submitted to African Journal of science and nature (In press)

Agu,G.C., Adekoya, B.E., Nwenyi, V.M. and Thomas,B.T. (2017). Prevalence and multi-drug resistant bacteria from different wound sites in some hospitals in Ogun State, Nigeria. Nigeria  Journal of science (In press)

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