Omolaja is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has BSc (Hons) Biochemistry from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; MSc and PhD Biochemistry from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He did Post-doctoral training from January 2007-October 2008, with the cancer molecular mechanisms group at the department of clinical laboratory sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
In the course of his career, he has won various awards including Postgraduate Scholarship award, Federal government of Nigeria; International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fellowship; May 2001- November 2001 at the Institute for Nutrition and Aquaculture, University of Hohenheim, Germany, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Fellowship; October 2006 – January 2007 – For Advanced Laboratory Training at the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town; National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa Postdoctoral Fellowship Award; 2007 and University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship Award; 2008 – For Postdoctoral training in Cancer Biology at the Division of Medical Biochemistry, University of Cape Town.
Omolaja maintains an active teaching and research career at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where he teaches various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. His laboratory currently has 6 MSc and 2 PhD students. He continues to publish actively in his field. His research interests include
– The identification and characterization of novel compounds that can be used in the treatment of cancer.
– The use of molecular biology and biochemical tools to address the problems of the environment and food security in Nigeria.
– Investigating the biochemical basis for the ethnomedical use of natural products in Nigeria.
Omolaja Osoniyi is an active member of the Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), amongst others. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for some journals.
In April 2011, he benefited from attending the scientific communication and publishing course at the TCC, Nairobi as part of a cohort of trainers from the Obafemi Awolowo University. Since then, he has facilitated at many training sessions on the subject, both within and outside the university.