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.
- 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
- Global Health Practice
- Human Biology & Biotechnology
- Food Security & Sovereignty
- Health Research Methods
- Innovations for Global Health
Awards and 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).
- 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:
- Ezezika, OC, Oh, J., Edeagu, N and Warami, B. (2018). Gamification of Nutrition: A preliminary study on the impact of gamification on nutrition knowledge, attitude, and behavior of adolescents in Nigeria. Journal of Nutrition and Health, https://doi.org/10.1177/0260106018782211
- Oh, J. and Ezezika, OC (2014) To label or not to label: points to consider in balancing the risks, benefits and costs of mandatory GM labeling in Africa. Journal of Agriculture and Food Security 2014 Agriculture & Food Security 2014, 3:8 (1-8).
- Ezezika, O.C., Deadman, J., Murray, J., Mabeya, J., and Daar, A.S. (2013) To Trust or Not to Trust: A Model for Effectively Governing Public-Private Partnerships. AgBioForum 16(1): 21-36.
- Eezika OC, Deadman Jennifer, Daar Abdallah (2013) She Came, She Saw, She Sowed: Re-negotiating Gender-Responsive Priorities for Effective Development of Agricultural Biotechnology in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Ethics, 26: 461- 471.
- Ezezika OC, Oh J (2012) What is trust? Perspectives from farmers and other experts in the field of agriculture. Agriculture & Food Security 2012, 1(Suppl 1):S1.
- Book: Seear, M., Ezezika OC. An Introduction to Global Health, 3rd Edition. Pub: Canadian Scholars Press (Jan, 2018).
- Ezezika, OC Building Trust: A Critical Component of Global Health. Annals of Global Health. 2015.Volume 81, No. 5.
- Ezezika OC (2014) How do you build trust with communities involved in your research? SciDev.Net's Practical Guides, Science and Development Network © 2014 SciDev.Net.
- Ezezika OC, Noah S. Younger, Jia Lu, Donald A. Kaiser, Zachary A. Corbin, Bradley J. Nolen, David R. Kovar, and Thomas D. Pollard (2009). Incompatibility with Formin Cdc12p Prevents Human Profilin from Substituting for Fission Yeast Profilin: Insights from the crystal structures of Fission Yeast Profilin. The Journal of Biological Chemistry Vol. 284, No. 4, pp. 2088–2097, January 23, 2009.
- Ezezika, OC., Haddad, S., Clark, T. J., Neidle, L. E. & Momany, C. Distinct Effector-Binding Sites Enable Synergistic Transcriptional Activation by BenM, a LysR-type Regulator. Journal of Molecular Biology. 2007; 367, 616-629.
- Ezezika, OC, Haddad, S., Clark, T. J., Neidle, L. E. & Momany (2007), Oligomerization of BenM, A LysR-Type Transcriptional Regulator: Structural basis for the aggregation of proteins in this family. Acta Crystallogr. F63, 361-368.
- Ezezika, O.C., A.S. Daar, K. Barber, J. Mabeya, F. Thomas, J. Deadman Debbie Wang, Peter A Singer (2012) Factors Affecting Agbiotech Adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nature Biotechnology 2012, 30: 38 –40.
- Ezezika O.C, Singer PA (2010) Genetically engineered oil-eating microbes for bioremediation: Prospects and regulatory challenges, Technology in Society. 2010; 32 331–335.
- 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