$75-K Grant Awarded to ASU Ph.D. Student.

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ASU's Ph.D. student Ayodeji Ipinmoroti (R) and Dr. Qiana L. Matthews, (photo credit: David Campbell/ASU).  

ASU Ph.D. Student Awarded $75-K Grant to Study Cold-like Viruses! 

By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU 

A graduate student studying advanced microbiology at Alabama State University has been awarded a $75,000 grant to study the mechanisms of infections in cold-like viruses in order to better understand how they work and to develop ways to combat them.

Ayodeji Ipinmoroti, a third-year doctoral student from Lagos, Nigeria, is the recipient of the grant that is awarded by the Alabama Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), which is funded by the National Science Foundation.


"He is one of ASU's rising stars in microbiology and virology, and this most recent grant is just another of his many scholarly accomplishments," said ASU's Dr. Qiana L. Matthews, associate professor of Microbiology.  

She noted that this is the second time Ipinmoroti has been awarded a $75,000 grant by EPSCoR, a consortium of Alabama’s Ph.D.-granting research universities, including Alabama State University, along with state agencies and numerous business leaders.

"I feel very appreciative to have again received the funding grant that allows me to better conduct my research; and I am thankful that Alabama State University offers me a great infrastructure to do scientific research with its up-to-date laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment," Ipinmoroti said from ASU's Life Science building.

He explained that the grant is derived from a funding opportunity made available through the cooperation of academic, government, and industrial organizations. The award was established to increase Alabama’s science and research capabilities, especially research ideas that could lead to curative and cutting-edge scientific discoveries.  

"My first set of modules taken as part of my microbiology Ph.D. degree requirement at Alabama State University motivated my interest in virology and infectious disease research. I have acquired research experience in vaccine development at ASU's Center for Nano-Biotechnology Research, which has further strengthened my interest and fueled my decision to continue in the field of virology and infectious disease," stated Ipinmoroti.  


His research is focused on human viruses which cause severe infections such as respiratory illnesses, conjunctivitis, gastrointestinal abnormalities and other illnesses, especially in children. The goal of his study is to investigate human cells and their potential as diagnostic tools for therapeutic purposes since they are present in all kinds of bodily fluids and are released virtually in all types of cells.

Ipinmoroti’s future plans include completing his Ph.D. program in 2022 and working to obtain  placement as a scientist in a pharmaceutical or an infectious disease facility.

"This research we are doing at Alabama State University is not only important in the case of human adenovirus infections, but could also suggest potential therapeutic approaches to the ravages of COVID-19 and its variants," Ipinmoroti explained.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.