Eyitayo S. Fakunle, Ph.D., Head of Translational Research
Dr. Eyitayo "Tayo" Fakunle joins CalAsia Pharmaceuticals from a multidisciplinary background that encompasses engineering, analytical chemistry, stem cell technology, and public health. Dr. Fakunle received her doctorate from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas. She conducted her postdoctoral training at the University of California San Diego, Department of Bioengineering, La Jolla, followed by further training at the Scripps Research Institute's Center for Regenerative Medicine , La Jolla. In 2008, Dr. Fakunle founded IFASEMB, a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO), whose mission is to address global health disparities by fostering partnerships in science, engineering, medicine, and beyond. As head of translational research, Dr. Fakunle will manage, lead, and oversee the setup of stem cell-based compound screening as part of CalAsia's drug discovery platform. This approach will accelerate CalAsia's goal to achieve early proof of principle on lead compounds for efficient and rapid transition into preclinical and clinical development studies. Furthermore, she will lead educational activities in stem cell technology, including hands on training. She will also initiate collaborations and partnerships with academia, industry, and NGO's and will promote CalAsia locally, nationally, and internationally as a leader in drug discovery aimed at addressing the need for better treatments to meet unmet medical needs.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PATENTS
- Fakunle E. S.. "IPSCs for personalized medicine: what will it take for Africa?" Trends Mol Med. 2012 December; 18(12): 695-699.
- Fakunle E. S., and Loring J. F. "Ethnically diverse pluripotent stem cells for drug development." Trends Mol Med. 2012 December; 18(12): 695-699
- Glenn VL, Schell JP, Fakunle E , Simon R, Peterson SE (2012) Isolation of Human Dermal Fibroblasts from Biopsies. In: Loring J, Peterson SE, editors. Human Stem Cell Manual: A Laboratory Guide 2nd ed. San Diego: Elsevier pp. 129-141.
- Nazor KL, Altun G, Lynch C, Tran H, Harness JV, Slavin I, Garitaonandia I, Miller FJ, Wang YC, Boscolo FS, Fakunle E Dumevska B, Lee S, Park HS, Olee T, D'Lima DD, Semechkin R, Parast MM, Galat V, Laslett AL, Schmidt U, Keirstead HS, L oring JF, Laurent LC: "Recurrent variations in DNA methylation in human pluripotent stem cells and their differentiated derivatives." (2012), Cell Stem Cell. May 4;10(5):620-34.
- Eyitayo S. Fakunle and Ingrid Fritsch: "Low temperature co-fired ceramic microchannels with individually addressable screen-printed gold electrodes on four walls for self-contained electrochemical Immunoassays" (2010), Anal Bioanal Chem. Aug 28
- Laurent LC, Nievergelt CM, Lynch C, Fakunle E , Harness JV, Schmidt U, Galat V, Laslett AL, Otonkoski T, Keirstead HS, Schork A, Park HS, Loring JF: "Restricted ethnic diversity in human embryonic stem cell lines" (2010), Nat. Methods. 7(1):6-7
- Eyitayo S. Fakunle, Prabhu U.Arumugam, Ingrid Fritsch, Jeffery Elbert M Mincy, Fred D. Barlow, Gangqiang Wang: "Microfluidic device utilizing magnetohydrodynamics and method of fabrication thereof" (2008), US Patent 20070086898
- Prabhu U. Arumugam, Eyitayo S. Fakunle, Emily C. Anderson, Stephanie R. Evans, Kevin G. King, Zoraida P. Aguilar, Christopher S. Carter and Ingrid Fritsch: "Redox Magnetohydrodynamic Pumping in a Microfluidic Channel: Characterization and Pumping" (2006), Journal of the Electrochemical Society 153(12}:E185-E194
- Eyitayo S. Fakunle, Zoraida P. Aguilar John L. Shultz, Alan D. Toland and Ingrid Fritsch: "Evaluation of Screen Printed Gold on Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic as a Substrate for Immobilization in Electrochemical Immunoassays" (2006), Langmuir 22(25), 10844-10853