Dr Moses Okpeku

Dr. Moses Okpeku holds PhD in the field of Genetics and Genomics. He had his postdoctoral training at Kunming Institute Zoology, Yunnan Province of China. His current research interests are in the application of genetics, genomics and bioinformatics in understanding the evolution of infectious disease, livestock domestication, improvement in food production and productivity, climate change and improved human welfare. Dr. Okpeku has over the years built international research experiences and collaboration across Asia, North America and Africa. His research has been funded by grants and fellowships from international institutional sources including; International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm, Sweden, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Norman Borlaugs Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Indian Government INSA-JRD-TATA Fellowship and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Position:   Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:   PhD
Discipline:   Genetics
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 8728
Email:   OkpekuM@ukzn.ac.za
 Research Areas:   Application of molecular, statistical and quantitative techniques, in understanding origin and diversification, evolution, genetics, ecology, behaviour and conservation of plants and animals. Identification and evaluation of selection footprint in ecosystem diversity, migration, domestication and adaptation.
Application of genomics, bioinformatics, statistical and quantitative genetics in human, plants and livestock genetics.

Recent Publications:  

Yakubu, A., Salako, A.E., De Donato, M., Peters, S.O., Takeet, M.I., Wheto, M.,  Okpeku, M. and Imumorin, I.G.  (2017). Association of SNP variants of MHC Class II DRB gene with thermo-physiological traits in tropical goats. Trop Anim Health Prod 49:323336. DOI 10.1007/s11250-016-1196-1

Yakubu, A., Salako, A. E., De Donato, M., Takeet, M.I., Peters, S.O., Okpeku, M., Wheto M. and Imumorin I.G. (2017). Nucleotide sequence variability analysis of major histocompatibility complex class II DQA1 gene in Nigerian goats. GENETIKA, Vol. 49, No3, 865-874

Okpeku, M., Peters, S.O., Imumorin, I.G.,  Caires K.C.,  Sharma,  V.K.., Wheto,  M.,      Tamang,  R.,  Adenaike,  S.A..,  Ozoje, M.O. and Thanganraj, K.  (2016). Mitochondrial DNA hypervariable region 1 diversity in Nigerian goats. Animal Genetic Resources, 59. 47-54 doi:10.1017/S2078633616000266

Okpeku, M., Esmailizadeh A., Adeola A.C., Shu, L.,  Zhang, Y., Wang, Y., Sanni, T.M.,   Imumorin, I.G., Peters, S.O.,  Zhang, J.,  Dong, Y.  and Wang, W.  (2016). Genetic Variation of Goat Interferon Regulatory Factor 3 Gene gene and Its Implication in Goat Evolution.  PLoS ONE 11(9): e0161962.doi.10.1371/journal.pone.0161962.

Yakubu, A., Salako, A.E., De Donato, M., Takeet, M.I., Peters, S.O., Wheto, M., Okpeku, M. and Imumorin I.G. (2016). Interleukin-2 (IL-2) gene polymorphism and association with heat tolerance in Nigerian goats. Small Ruminant Research 141: 127 - 134.

Yan, L., Wang, X.,  Liu H., Tian, Y. Yang, R., Hao, S., Wang X., Yang, S., Li, Q., Qi, S., Kui, L., Okpeku, M.,  Ma, X., Zhang, J., Ding,  Z., Zhang, G.,  Wang, W.,  Dong, Y.  and Sheng J. (2015). The genome of Dendrobium officinale illuminates biology of the important traditional Chinese orchid herb. Molecular Plant. 8 (6): 92-93.


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