Ibadan Bacteriophage Research Team

The Ibadan Bacteriophage Research Team is an undergraduate research organization based in Nigeria's premier University, the University of Ibadan. The team was founded in the year 2018 by a team of 8 Faculty members led by Prof. O.G Ademowo, after the successful registration of the department of Biomedical Laboratory Science of the university for the SEAPHAGES project in collaboration with the Hughes Howard Medical Institute and University of Pittsburg. Today, the team prides herself as the most successful undergraduate research organization of the University of Ibadan and in sub-Saharan Africa with a vibrant early-career research community sustained by active faculty mentorship. The team has grown to become a force to be reckoned with in the field of bacteriophage biology and antimicrobial resistance with numerous international collaborations and research engagements.

Our Mission

Ibadan Bacteriophage Research Team has the mission to build an undergraduate research community of early career researchers who are enthusiastic about bacteriophage biology and its prospective use as alternative antimicrobial therapy. In accordance with the vision of the SEAPHAGES project, the team undertakes bacteriophage exploration from collection of environmental samples and computational characterization of bacteriophage genomes. The team is focused on teaching all of its members the use of bioinformatic approaches to microbial genome studies and actively engage the local and international community in her work through scientific review articles, IBRT Phamilia Journal, conference presentations, hosting the annual IBRT World Phage Week Webinar, and advocacy through active social media engagement. The team extends her reach outside her host department through collaborative projects such as the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences Research and the Ibadan Enterovirus Project.


November 2021: The Ibadan Bacteriophage Research Team, an undergraduate SEA-PHAGES team at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria announces the launch of its first journal issue PHAMILIA. This is the very first undergraduate research journal focused on bacteriophage biology. It showcases all student and faculty team members of the team, as well as publications on diverse subjects of bacteriophage biology from the team and other guest writers.

World Phage Week Webinar Series 2021

The very first undergraduate bacteriophage research symposium to be announced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Alliance- Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Sciences (HHMI-SEAPHAGES) (https://seaphages.org/meetings/66/).
Thank you for attending the event! In case you missed this event, you can now watch all of the wonderful sessions from our World Phage Week 2021 speakers

Event Recordings

Day One



Prof. Graham Hatfull (Founder and International Coordinator, SEAPHAGES programme)

Sub-theme: Emerging AMR Crisis in Africa: The Fate of Bacteriophage Therapy Acceptance

Prof. Jesca Nakavuma (Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Makarere Univeristy, Uganda)

Sub-theme: Emerging AMR Crisis in Africa: The Fate of Bacteriophage Therapy Acceptance

Day Two

Prof. Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa (President-elect, International Society of Viruses of Microbes)

Topic: Fostering International Engagement in bacteriophage research for combatting AMR

Dr. Jessica Sacher (Co-founder, Phage Directory)

Topic: Science Communication as a tool for Phage Therapy Visibility and AMR Advocacy

Meet Our Speakers

Prof. Graham Hatfull

Graham F. Hatfull, Ph.D.  Professor of Biological Sciences, Eberly Family Professor of Biotechnology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Hatfull is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Edinburgh University in 1981 and did postdoctoral work at Yale University with Dr. Nigel Grindley and at the Medical Research Council at Cambridge University, with Fred Sanger and Bart Barrell. He joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 and served as Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2003 to 2011. Dr. Hatfull’s research focuses on the molecular genetics of the mycobacteria and their bacteriophages, and their use for educational and clinical uses. Dr. Hatfull has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles, 43 book chapters or reviews, and has co-edited four books. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor since 2002.

Dr. Jesca Lukanga Nakavuma, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Makarere Univeristy, Uganda.

Dr. Nakavuma is a Veterinarian, Senior Lecturer and Microbiologist at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University, Uganda. Proactive lecturer and researcher with over 30 years of experience teaching microbiology-related courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Supervised over 40 undergraduate students’ research, 48 graduate students including 4 PhD students. Authored or co-authored 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals; 5 conference proceedings and contributed to 1 book chapter and 2 manuals. Member on some journal editorial boards and international professional bodies, such as the International Committee of Food Microbiology and Hygiene. Research interests include microbial applications to actualize industrial applications and disease biocontrol strategies for food security and safety. Currently, PI for the AU funded project in Ghana and Uganda - exploring bacteriophages, as biocontrol agents for management of tilapia diseases. Member of the team spearheading establishing aquatic animal health strategies in Uganda.

Prof. Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa

President-elect, International Society of Viruses of Microbes

Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa is a full professor at the University of Wroclaw, Faculty of Natural Science, Poland. In 2010 she became Head of Department of Pathogen Biology and Immunology, Institute of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Wroclaw, Poland, and in 2016-2021 Head of the Institute of Genetics and Microbiology, Wroclaw, Poland. She demonstrates expertise in clinical microbiology and diagnostics, alternative antimicrobials, phage biology, and phage-derived enzymes interacting with bacterial surface glycans and biofilm. Her research is focused mainly on the antibacterial activity of phages and phage-derived enzymes, such as depolymerases and endolysins, specific to ESKAPE bacteria (Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa). Drulis-Kawa is a co-author of above 90 publications in international journals. During the scientific carrier, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa received over 20 grants from the national and international research funding organizations. She was the main organizer of EMBO Workshop: Viruses of Microbes 2018 conference held in Wroclaw, Poland. She is the President-Elect of the International Society for Viruses of Microbes for 2021-2022, http://www.isvm.org

Dr. Jessica Sacher

Co-founder, Phage Directory

Co-founder of Phage Directory, the global bacteriophage research and development community's central resource for streamlining phage research and phage use in medicine, agriculture, food, and beyond. Prior to co-founding Phage Directory, Jessica did her PhD in Christine Szymanski's laboratory at the University of Alberta (now University of Georgia) on phage and phage protein interactions with the Campylobacter flagellar glycosylation system.


https://phage.ca (personal website)

@JessicaSacher (Twitter)

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