Dr Alison Nwokeoji
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Global Challenge Research Fellow, Dr Alison Nwokeoji, is looking at the development of a novel and integrated approach to managing a notorious pest of a major commercial food and feed crop in Nigeria and 30 other nations in West Africa, South Europe and Asia.
About Dr Alison Nwokeoji's research:
"The goal of this multidisciplinary fellowship is for an informed development of a novel and integrated approach to managing a notorious pest of a major commercial food and feed crop (cowpea) in Nigeria and 30 other nations in West Africa, South Europe and Asia. This builds on my industry funded research in developing a platform for design, bioproduction and analysis of dsRNA pesticides. Crop pest infestation is a major challenge and consequent hazardous pesticide overuse is harming health, the environment and affecting livelihoods in these nations.
"This research area can make a huge difference in people’s lives and wellbeing while meeting key SDGs and global challenge goals, but have received no funding for development in DAC- list countries, especially in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. Leveraging my past networking links, I have established a multidisciplinary and world-class consortium constituting researchers in Sheffield (Chemical and Biological Engineering and Animal and Plant Sciences), a leading research institute in Nigeria/sub-Saharan African (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA), stakeholders and key influencers in Africa, for the development and implementation of a next-generation crop biopesticides and integrated pest management strategy for sustainable Agriculture.
"I see my work as a fundamental and applied research. The knowledge and technology I have and will develop, feeds into next-generation biomanufacturing and biotechnologies including pest management for sustainable Agriculture, novel RNAi applications for plant pathogens and urban pest control."