Joined USJ: 2011
With three U.S. patents approved and two additional anti-asthma and antitussive patents pending, Ivan Edafiogho brings stellar credentials as a pharmaceutical sciences researcher of new anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer compounds to lead the USJ Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Returning to the U.S. after 11 years at Kuwait University on the Faculty of Pharmacy, he was driven by a desire to tackle new challenges – instantaneously met by the opportunity to build a new department in a new school of pharmacy from the ground up, and pursue his three academic passions – teaching, research and administration.
Edafiogho has co-authored a pharmaceutical calculation textbook which is used extensively in the Middle East and United Kingdom. USJ students he describes as "knowledgeable and ready to do research" have impressed him from the start. He is a believer in the innovative block scheduling used by the School of Pharmacy, which enables students to master a subject and move on, obtain practical experience in a hospital, institution or pharmacy, and then graduate in three rigorous years instead of the traditional four.
A registered pharmacist in the District of Columbia, a Fulbright Fellow, and then as a Research Associate at Howard University in Washington D.C., Edafiogho urges students to consider a wide range of career paths. Using state-of-the-art equipment at USJ, his research continues, and students also embark on research as an elective course during their second year – including design and synthesis of potential medicinal compounds. Edafiogho is savoring his return to the U.S. – educating the next generation of pharmacists at USJ and engaging their vast potential.
Pharm.D., Howard University
Ph.D., University of Bradford (United Kingdom
B.Sc. Pharm, Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria)