Those who followed our entry from two weeks ago about the STOE LabMeeting in Darmstadt, or those who actually been there may remember Olufunso O. Abosede. He is with the University of Otuoke, Nigeria and was also one of the winners of the poster prizes. He is working on new drugs based on manganese and made quiet an impression on all of us with his poster. Despite the fact, that he is living far away, I was able to question him a little bit about his topic.
1) Where are you from?
I am a Lecturer in Department of Chemical Sciences, Federal University Otuoke, Nigeria.
2) Can you tell us a little bit more about your research topic?
The topic of the research I presented at the STOE Lab Meeting was Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Manganese Complexes of Doxycycline with Bipyridine and Phenathroline. This work reports the syntheses and structures of new metal complexes of manganese with the pleitrotopic antibiotic Doxycycline and mixed ligand manganese complexes of Doxycycline with 2,2′-bipyridine and 1,10-phenanthroline.
The antiplasmodial and antibacterial activities of these complexes were investigated and compared with that of doxycycline. A few of these complexes showed higher inhibitory activities than doxycycline against some of the pathogens tested.
3) What is your personal fascination about drugs?
The search for effective metallodrugs that offer improved potency over non-metal counterparts is the rationale behind this research.
4) What was your reason to attend the STOE LabMeeting?
I wanted to network with my peers working in the field of crystallography and also form collaborations with Seniors and well-established professors like the invited speakers.