The Board of Regents (BOR) of Covenant University (CU), Ota has appointed Professor Abiodun Humphrey Adebayo as the 7th Vice-Chancellor of the institution.
He replaces Professor Akan Williams, who had been the Ag. Vice-Chancellor since the expiration of tenure and exit from office of the 5th Vice-Chancellor, Professor A. A. A. Atayero.
The new VC obtained a B.Sc (Honours) degree in Biochemistry from the University of Calabar (UNICAL) in 2000 and later proceeded to the University of Jos (UNIJOS) where he was awarded an M.Sc degree in Biochemistry in 2005.
Professor Adebayo, who joined the services of Covenant University in 2005, was awarded a PhD degree in Biochemistry by the University in 2009.
He undertook a postdoctoral study at the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012-2013. He specialized in Plant Biochemistry and has been actively involved in the sustainable use of indigenous medicinal plants with some collaborations with local and international industries.
His main research focus is on phytochemical, biochemical and toxicity studies of medicinal plants. His research on medicinal plants involves the purification, isolation and characterization of active compounds from plants; these compounds are in turn screened for anticancer, antiviral, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Professor Adebayo is also involved in the safety evaluation of locally used medicinal plants using biochemical, haematological and histopathological indices of toxicity.