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Alumnus to discuss public health and biotechnology

Obidimma Ezezika

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences’ microbiology department will present a lecture by Obidimma Ezezika on effective strategies for improved public health through the adoption of biotechnology.

The lecture by Ezezika, a UGA alumnus, will be held April 3 at 2 p.m. in Room S175 of the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences. Part of the Franklin Visiting Scholars series, it is open free to the public and will be followed by a reception in the rotunda of the Coverdell Center.

A program leader in ethics at the University of Toronto’s Sandra Rotman Centre, Ezezika is an adjunct faculty member at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He focuses on navigating ethical and commercialization challenges to innovative development initiatives in Africa.

Ezezika’s lecture, “From the Lab to the Village: Innovative Global Solutions in Agricultural Biotechnology,” will describe a strategic model developed to build trust and partnerships in health-related initiatives and to increase the success of biotechnology implementation to improve public health. The strategy helps align the goals of everyone involved in the “lab-to-village” pathway and provides farmers with a voice and an important role in the process, he said.

Ezezika, who received his doctorate in microbiology from UGA in 2006, also holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, where he studied environmental policy, economics and law.