Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Network of Africa

Lagos is a state in the southwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria. It is a major financial centre and would be the fifth largest economy in Africa, if it were a country.


Lagos with its adjoining conurbation, is the most populous state in Nigeria, and the most populous on the African continent. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and is home to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL) serving as a collaborating site for SickleGenAfrica.


LUTH is a tertiary hospital in Nigeria with the highest concentration of skilled medical and paramedical staff in different areas of medicine and boast of comprehensive sickle cell disease clinics for both paediatrics and adult.



Bukola Arogundade

Bukola Arogundade; B.Tech, is a Research Co-Ordinator in the Department of Haematology & Blood Transfusion, faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos. She earned her Bachelor’s degree (B.Tech Management Technology) at the Lagos State University (LASU) with Second Class Honours in 2010.


Prior to her current employment as Research Co-Ordinator, she was as a Customer Care Executive with Konga.


She has also worked as a Project Co-Ordinator at Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and with United Bank For Africa (UBA), as a member of the Corporate Banking Department.


Her skills and interests include; Documentation, Active listening, Strong phone etiquettes, Conflict resolution, Multi-tasking, Problem solving, People management, organizational acumen among others.


Olufunto Kalejaiye

Olufunto Kalejaiye is a Co-Investigator with the Lagos Site as well as a lecturer in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos and a Consultant  Physician and Haematologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-araba, Lagos Nigeria.


She graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria with a Bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery and completed her residency training in Internal medicine - subspecialty: Clinical Haematology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. She is a fellow of the Faculty of Internal Medicine of National Postgraduate Medical College of  Nigeria.


She majors in the management of adult sickle cell disorders and haematologic malignancies and runs one of the largest sickle cell clinics in the country.

Her research interests are in sickle cell disease (SCD), haematologic malignancies and HIV.

She is interested in the clinical management and outcomes of sickle cell disease and haematologic malignancies. 


Adeseye Michael Akinsete

Adeseye Michael Akinsete is a lecturer in the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and a Paediatric Haematologist/Oncologist to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.


He graduated from the University of Benin in January 2002 and obtained a Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in 2012.

His dissertation was on the pathogens responsible for asymptomatic bacteriuria in children with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. He obtained a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell transplant from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 2016.


He is involved in the care of children with sickle cell anemia and malignancies and runs one of the largest sickle cell clinics in the country. He obtained a grant from the Building Research and Innovation in Nigeria Sciences in 2017 to study the endocrine dysfunctions of children with HIV/AIDS on highly active anti-retroviral therapy.


His area of research interest is in the haplotypic manifestations of children with sickle cell anemia in the tropics as well as the molecular characterizations of solid tumors in children.


Mathew Kunmi Oyewole

Oyewole is the Laboratory Scientist for the Lagos Site.

He holds the position of a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Haematology & Blood Transfusion department of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba , Lagos.


He attained his first degree from Ambrose Ali University.

Oyewole is a fellow of Medical Laboratory Science council of Nigeria with research in  HBAA & HBSS in riverine, Effect of Helminh in relation to haematological parameters and Stool microscopy.






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