Obidimma Ezezika

Obidimma Ezezika
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream


Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ezezika has worked and consulted for diverse organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, the Ministry of Science and Technology, Nigeria, the Sandra Rotman Centre, Yale’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Grand Challenges Canada. His research interests lie at the nexus of trust-building, biotechnology development, food security, and global health innovation. After his PhD at the University of Georgia, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, investigating the molecular basis of cellular motility and cytokinesis through structural biology approaches and x-ray crystallography. After completing his postdoctoral fellowship, he was appointed a Senior Research Fellow at the Sandra Rotman Centre, Toronto, where he developed a trust-building model for a $48 million international food security program, working in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa and Tanzania. He went on to establish the African Centre for Innovation & Leadership Development (ACILD), a nonprofit think tank focused on building leadership and innovation capacity in Africa. Through ACILD, he led the creation of a number of health innovations, including the NutridoTM system, a gamification platform for improving adolescent nutrition.  Prior to joining the faculty at UTSC, he was a Grand Challenges Fellow at the United Nations Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace, where he worked with a variety of global health stakeholders, including the Gates Foundation and USAID, to take high-impact innovations from the bench to the bedside and improve the health of women, children and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Ezezika leverages his global experience and multidisciplinary expertise to provide students with the best education, training and experience possible.

Research Interests: 

  • Scaling of Innovations for global Health
  • Food Security and Nutrition Transition in Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Trust and Technology
  • Gamification of Nutrition
  • Behavioral Change communication in Nutrition and Maternal Health

Teaching Interests: 

  • Global Health Practice
  • Human Biology & Biotechnology
  • Food Security & Sovereignty
  • Health Research Methods
  • Innovations for Global Health

Awards and Grants: 

Selected Grants:

  • Grand Challenges Canada, “E-vouchers for veggies: reducing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through video games and storytelling to promote behavior change” ($100,000, 2014 –2016, Principal Investigator).
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “Ethical, Social, Cultural and Commercialization (ESC2) Program for Water-Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA)” ($ 2,992,320, 2008-2013, Co-investigator).


Selected Awards:


  • Next Einstein Forum Ambassador (2018/2019)
  • Franklin Visiting Scholar, University of Georgia (Spring, 2013).
  • LEADS Fellow, National Universities Commission, Nigeria (2012 – 2013)
  • Co-valedictorian, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (2008)
  • Environmental Excellence Award, Air and Waste Management Association (2007)
  • Harvey Fellowship, Mustard Seed Foundation (2007 – 2008)
  • Anchor Environmental Scholarship Award, Air & Waste Management Association, 2006.
  • J.P. Williams award, University of Georgia (2006)


Food Security & Nutrition:

Global Health:

Biological Sciences:

Translational Science:




  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • African Centre for Innovation & Leadership Development
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • African Academy of Sciences
  • United Nations Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace
  • Nile University of Nigeria
  • Canadian Science Policy Centre
  • Canadian Society for International Health


  • PhD, Microbiology, University of Georgia, USA
  • Masters of Environmental Management, Yale University, USA
  • Advanced Diploma in Risk Assessment and Biosafety, Marche Polytechnic University, Italy
  • BSc, Microbiology, University of Lagos, Nigeria