Okolo Biosketch



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EDUCATION/TRAINING  (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable.)



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University of Jos, Jos







Medicine and Surgery


 University of Jos, Jos



Medical Microbiology





Jos University Teaching Hospital



Laboratory Medicine



Personal Statement:

The goal of this proposed research is to characterize fungal agents of neonatal sepsis by molecular methods. I plan to identify the agents, determine their antifungal susceptibility pattern as well as their resistance genes. I have the necessary expertise as well as motivation to successfully execute the proposed research. I have a good background in medical microbiology with excellent training in medical mycology. As a fellow of the West African College of Physicians I did a dissertation on molecular detection of Candida albicans from patients with vulvovaginal candidiasis as well as Yeast and Yeast-like agents of vulvovaginal candidiasis for my MSc in medical microbiology. I have being involved in many research activities with my proposed mentor (Prof. Ayanbimpe Grace) as well as my co-investigators (Dr Toma Bose and Dr Onyedibe Kenneth). I was involved in many research activities requiring neonates as subjects and equally lead the work that identified the first case of neonatal sepsis due to Moesziomyces bullatus in a preterm low birth weight infant in Jos, Nigeria.


Position and Honours:


Positions and Employment

 Lecturer, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Jos                                          2012

 Fellow West African College of Physicians                                                                            2013

Consultant, Department of Medical Microbiology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos      2014      


Other Experience and Professional memberships

Associate editor, Jos Journal of Medicine                                                               2008-2009

Chief Resident, Department of Medical Microbiology                                             2008- 2011

Member, Jos University Teaching Hospital Ethical committee                                2012-

Member, International Society for Human and Animal Mycologists                        2012-

Acting Head of Department, Medical Microbiology,                                                2012- 2013

 Jos University Teaching Hospital

Coordinator, Residency Training Programme Medical                                           2013-

Microbiology Department, Jos University Teaching


Member, Procurement Committee, Jos University                                               2013-

Teaching Hospital

Fellow West African College of Physicians (FWACP)                                         2013-

Member, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN)      2014-

Member, Association of Pathologists of Nigeria (ASSOPON)                            2014-

Member, Jos University Teaching Hospital                                                        2014

Strategic Planning Committee

Member, Ebola Control Committee, Nigeria Medical                                          2014-

 Association, Plateau State Chapter

Member, Infection Control Committee, Nigeria Medical                                     2014-

 Association, Plateau State Chapter

Member, International Society of Infectious Diseases                                       2014-


Selected Peer-reviewed Publications:


  1. Nnadi NE, Nimzing L, Okolo M.O, Onyedibe KI (2011). Landscape epidemiology: an emerging perspective in the mapping and modeling of diseases and disease risk factors. Asian pacific journal of Tropical disease.1(3): 247-250
  2. Nnadi NE, Ayanbimpe GM, Okolo M.O, Fabio S, Enweani IB , Criseo G and

Orazio R.(2012). Genotyping and Fluconazole Susceptibility Of Candida albicans  Strains from Patients With Vulvovaginal Candidiasis In  Nigeria. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease. 2(1):48-50.

  1. Okolo M O, Yunusa T, Emanghe U, Banwat M, Magaji F A and  Egah D Z. (2012) Two-year review of antibiotic susceptibility pattern of bacteriuria in pregnant women attending ante natal clinic in Jos Nigeria. Jos Journal of Medicine.6(1):13-16.
  2. Nnadi NE, Ayanbimpe GM, Okolo M.O, Fabio S, Enweani IB, Criseo G and Orazio R.(2012). Isolation and molecular characterization of Candida africana from Jos, Nigeria. Medical Mycology .50(7):765-767.
  3. Okolo M.O, Nnadi N.E, Onyedibe K.I, Ita O.I. (2012). Will climate change affect parasite-host relationship? Jos Journal of Medicine. 6(2):27-31.
  4. Onyedibe K.I, Utoh-Nedosa A.U, Okolo M.O, Ita O.I, Udoh U.A, Bode-Thomas F, Egah D.Z. (2012). Impact of socioeconomic factors on neonatal sepsis in Jos, Nigeria. Jos Journal of Medicine. 6(2):54-58.
  5. Samson Isa Ejiji, Mark Ojogba Okolo, Abiayi Elmina Abiba, Johnson Simon Mafuka, Gomerep Samuel Simji, Shehu Yakubu Nathan, Ubong Aniefiok Udoh, Sati Klein Awang, Daniel Zanyu Egah, Edmond Banle Banwat, Melaine Newport, Ahmed Ahmed (2014). A 21-year-old student with fever and profound jaundice. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 8(1): e2534.
  6. Ojogba Mark Okolo; Anne D. van Diepeningen; Bose Toma; Nnaemeka Emmanuel Nnadi; Mebi Grace Ayanbimpe; Ikenna Kenneth Onyedibe; Mohammed Zaino Sabitu; Benle Edmund Banwat; Marizeth Groenewald; Fabio Scordino; Zanyul Daniel Egah; Giuseppe Criseo; Orazio Romeo (2015). First report of neonatal sepsis due to Moesziomyces bullatus in a preterm low birth weight infant. JMM Case Reports 2(2):1-4.
  7. Kenneth Ikenna Onyedibe, Fidelia Bode-Thomas, Tolulope Olumide Afolaranmi, Mark Ojogba Okolo, Edmund B. Banwat  and Daniel Zanyu Egah. (2015) Bacteriologic Profile, Antibiotic Regimen and Clinical Outcome of Neonatal Sepsis in a University Teaching Hospital in North Central Nigeria. BJMMR, 7(7): 567-579.
  8. Kenneth I Onyedibe, Fidelia Bode-Thomas, Victor Nwadike, Tolulope Afolaranmi, Mark O Okolo, Omoni Uket, Udochukwu M Diala, Clement K Da’am, Daniel Z Egah, Edmund B Banwat (2015). High rates of bacteria isolates of neonatal sepsis with multidrug resistance patterns in Jos, Nigeria. Ann Pediatr Child Health 3(2):1052-1058.



Ayabimpe G.M, Danjuma W.S and Okolo M.O. Relationship between fungal contamination of indoor air and health problems of some residents in Jos. In: Kumar S and Kumar R, editors. Air quality - monitoring and modeling. InTech publishing; 2012.


Paper presentation at conferences

  1. Nnadi NE, Ayanbimpe GM, Ojogba OM, Fabio S, Enweani IB , Criseo G and Orazio R. Molecular characterization of environmental Cryptococcus neoformans VNII isolates in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. International society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM). (Melbourne, Australia 2015).
  2. Necessity of Full sepsis Screen in Neonatal Sepsis: Experience in a Resource Limited setting.

Onyedibe K I, Toma B, Diala M U, Uket O O, Udoh U A, Ita O I, Okolo M O, Nwadike V U, Afolaranmi T O.  2nd International Conference of the African Society of Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) in Cape Town, South Africa. 29th November – 4th December 2014

  1. Plasmids and antibiotic resistant profile of Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase (ESBL) producing Escherichia coli in Jos, Nigeria.

Onyedibe K I, Nwaokorie F O, Isa S E, Okolo M O, Da’am K C, Banwat E B, Egah D Z.  2nd        International  Conference of the African Society of Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) Cape Town, South Africa. 29th November – 4th December 2014

  1. Neonatal Sepsis in Jos, Nigeria: Impact of Peripartum and Maternal Factors. Onyedibe K I, Bode-Thomas F, Sabitu M Z, Afolaranmi T O, Okolo M O, Banwat E B, Egah D Z.

7th Asian Congress of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Beijing, China. 12th – 15th October, 2014.

  1. Ayanbimpe, G.M., Adamu R.R., Nnadi N.E. and Okolo M.O. Malassezia Species Among Young Adults In Jos North Local Government, Plateau State. Presented At The 6th Annual Conference of The Mycological Society of Nigeria (MYCOSON). 10TH – 13TH June, 2013. P51 (Awka Nigeria 2013).


  1. Ayanbimpe, G.M., Wapwera S.D., Okolo M.O. Relationship between Fungal contamination of Indoor Air and Health of Residents in Jos. Presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM). 8th – 11th October 2012. P42. (Awka , Nigeria 2012).


  1. Nnadi  N.E., Ayanbimpe, G.M., Scordino,F., Okolo,M.O.,  Enweani, I.B., Criseo,G. and  Romeo O. (2012).  Isolation and molecular characterization of Candida africana from Jos, Nigeria. Presented at the 18th Annual Congress of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM). 11TH – 15TH June 2012. Mycoses 55 (4), P242. (Berlin, Germany 2012).


  1. Nnadi NE, Ayanbimpe GM, Ojogba OM, Fabio S, Enweani IB ,Criseo   and Orazio R(2012). Genotyping And Fluconazole Susceptibility of  Candida albicans  Strains From Patients With Vulvovaginal Candidiadis In Nigeria , American Society for Microbiology, (San Francisco, USA  2012).

Research Support

I have no research support