Biography

 

Mkpouto Pius

Mkpouto Pius

  • Alumni
  • Nigeria
  • 2019 MPhil Genomic Medicine
  • Murray Edwards College (New Hall)

I am a biologist interested in how technology can be used to create healthier systems. From my experience of growing up in West Africa, I have been concerned about health systems in my country Nigeria and how they operate. More people die every year from preventable and treatable diseases than of terminal illnesses, and a good number of these diseases are hereditary. This influenced my undergraduate study of Genetics and biotechnology at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, to increase my understanding of the genetic basis of diseases, following which I garnered experience in the field as a graduate teaching and research assistant at the University of Calabar’s department of Genetics and Biotechnology for 2 years. I followed this up with an MSc in Biotechnology and Enterprise at the University of Manchester, UK, where I studied the different expression systems for producing pharmaceutical proteins, and factors that influence therapy, drug production, targeting, and distribution, as well as pricing and availability of such pharmaceutical products in different regions of the world, in order to evaluate which link in the chain presents the most vulnerability. My dissertation is focused on expressing a human protein in animal cells for functional studies and studies related to drug targeting with the hope that this will provide a means of production of inexpensive therapy for the ailments related to mis or overexpression of the protein. As a result of my passion for creating change, I have been actively involved in leading initiatives on preventive living through my non-profit initiative which focuses on vulnerable groups, especially women and girls in rural communities of Nigeria that suffer limited access to amenities. My study in the University of Cambridge will focus the spotlight on personalised medicine as a more sustainable approach to medicine for developing countries. In particular, I intend to study already existing health systems that incorporate genomic medicine with a view to understanding the underlying principles of personalized medicine and adapting this to the healthcare system in Africa.

Links

https://biomasys.com