Dr. Judith Nkechinyere Ohanaka


Lecturer I




Block C, Room 110


Dr. Judith Nkechinyere Ohanaka is currently a Lecturer I in the Department of Biochemistry and the College of Health Sciences, Nile University of Nigeria.  She had her first degree in Biochemistry from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (B.Tech.) in 2009. Her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree (in Biochemistry) were obtained from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria in 2014 and 2019, respectively. In 2016, she was awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship by the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Trieste, Italy tenable at the University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She is a member of Nigeria Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB), Nigeria Society of Experimental Biology (NISEB), Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Trieste, Italy. Her research interests include Clinical Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Toxicology. Currently, her research focus is on exploring the Biochemistry of natural products for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. She is the current Staff Advisor for National Association of Biochemistry students (NABS), Nile University of Nigeria.

Recent Publications (Articles, Books, Book Chapters/Sections, Proceedings, etc.)

Uwazie, J.N., Yakubu, M.T., Ashafa, A.O.T. and Ajiboye, T.O. (2020). Identification and characterization of anti-diabetic principle in Senna alata (Linn.) flower using alloxan-induced diabetic male Wistar rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 112997.

Ariyo, A.L., Ohanaka, J.N., McGaw, J.L. and Ashafa, A.O.T (2020). In vitro anti-inflammation, selective cytotoxicity, and inhibition of induced nitric oxide from lipopolysaccharide-stimulated raw 264.7 macrophages activities of flavonoids from Hermannia geniculata eckl and zeyh roots extract. Pharmacognosy Magazine, 16(70), 345.

Mukhtar, I., Alakanse, S.O., Sulaiman, F.A., Ambrose, G.O., Ohanaka, J.N. and Adigun, A. (2020).  Modelling and docking analysis of a tumor target protein BAG3.  Bioinformation 16(4): 351-358.

Ajiboye, T.O., Uwazie, J.N., Haliru, F.Z., Ibitoye, O.B., Sunmonu, T.O., Yakubu, M.T. and Akanji, M.A. (2017). Mechanisms of action of columbamine, jatrorrhizine and magnoflorine as anti-diabetic agents. Recent Progress in Medicinal Plant Research- Metabolic Syndrome Metabolic Syndrome. Studium Press LLC, USA, 45, (11) 221-232.

Ibitoye, O.B., Uwazie, J.N. and Ajiboye, T.O. (2017). Bioactivity‐guided isolation of kaempferol as the anti-diabetic principle from Cucumis sativus L. fruits. Journal of Food Biochemistry. e12479.

Ibitoye, O.B., Ghali, U.M., Adekunle, J.B., Uwazie, J.N.  and Ajiboye, O.T (2017). Antidyslipidemic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities of aqueous leaf extract of Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii (Stapf) Diets in high-fat diet-fed rats. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Article ID 8128125

Courses/Modules Taught


Metabolism of amino acids and protein, Metabolism of lipids, Food and nutritional Biochemistry, Metabolism of nucleic acids, Endocrinology, Methods in Biochemistry, Industrial Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Clinical and Forensic Biochemistry, Tissue Biochemistry, Xenobiotics, Enzymes of Clinical Diagnosis, Coenzymes.