Prof. Akhere Omonkhua and her twin sister Dr. Odion Omonkhua

Teaming up to investigate an unusually high number of twins in Nigeria

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No one knows why Igbo-Ora, Nigeria—also known as “Twin Town”—has one of the world’s highest rates of twin births.

Now, Profs. Roseangela Nwuba and Akhere Omonkhua are using molecular biology to investigate, potentially unlocking new avenues of research and treatments for infertility!

Dr. Esteban Garcia-Tamayo (second from right) and colleagues at the Universidad Pontifica Boliviarana are transforming fique, the plant pictured behind them, into energy

Exploring Sustainable Energy Storage in Colombia

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Colombia’s most famous export, coffee, is stored and shipped in sturdy woven bags made from a local plant called fique, also known as sisal. The fibers of the fique plant are notoriously strong, but creating textiles wastes nearly 95% of the plant itself. As a nanoscientist specializing in energy delivery, Esteban Garcia-Tamayo, PhD, believes that the byproducts of this process may be essential for the future of sustainable energy storage.

Students and faculty at the Universite d'Abomey-Calavi

Turning Obstacles to Opportunities: How One Researcher is Advancing His Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

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In a little over a year since Instrumental Access equipment arrived on campus at the Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Dr. Victorien Dougnon’s research and publication schedule has been accelerated exponentially.

Even in the midst of a pandemic, his work investigating traditional herbal medicines that may be effective against antimicrobial resistance is pushing ahead. Dr. Dougnon and his colleagues have used their lab’s expanded capacity to perform sample analyses on-site, increasing both the speed and accuracy of their findings.

Setting New Expectations in Cameroon

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When Dr. Jules-Roger Kuiate applied for an Instrumental Access award, the Department of Biochemistry had some promising research in progress on medicinal plants and tropical diseases. But the department had  little infrastructure to efficiently carry these projects to their conclusions. 

Five years later, they are collaborating with departments across campus and the Ministry of Higher Education.

Lab Notes: A Pharmacy Program on the Rise in Zambia

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After their Instrumental Access award in 2016, opportunities to analyze natural products opened up for the University of Zambia’s Department of Pharmacy. Now, graduate students are doing original analysis in the lab using Instrumental Access equipment. And they are publishing original research at an incredible pace.