Affiliation(s): Redeemer’s University, (RUN) Nigeria
Oyewale Tomori, D.V.M., Ph.D., FAS., FCVSN., FRCPath (UK)., FASTMH, NNOM
Dr. Tomori was Vice-Chancellor (2004-2011) at the Redeemer’s University, Nigeria, received in 1981, US DHHS Public Health Service Certificate for contribution to Lassa Fever Research, and in 2002 the Nigeria National Order of Merit (NNOM), the country’s highest award for academic, intellectual attainment and national development. He was the Head of the Department of Virology at the University of Ibadan in 1984, leading research efforts that investigated viral infections, including Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, Lassa Fever, Yellow Fever, and Marburg in various African countries. He became a Professor of Virology at the University of Ibadan in 1981. In 1994, he was appointed the Regional Virologist for the WHO African Region, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. During the ten year tenure, he set up the African Regional Polio Laboratory Network, comprising of 16 laboratories, providing diagnostic support to the global polio eradication initiative. The Network became the forerunner of other regional diagnostic laboratory networks for measles, yellow fever, and other viral hemorrhagic fevers. Professor Tomori serves on several national and international advisory bodies including the WHO Africa Regional Polio Certification Committee, WHO Advisory Committees on Variola Virus Research, and Yellow Fever Disease. He is a member of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). A professor of Virology since 1981, he elucidated the profile of virus infections in man and animals in Nigeria, supervising more than 30 MSc. /PhD theses. He has 130 publications in peer reviewed journals. He is a Senior Editor of the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine, and currently President of the Nigerian Academy of Science.