Godwin Aleku

Dr Godwin Aleku

BPharm MSc PhD

  • Position Fellow Junior Research Fellow
  • Subject areas Biochemistry Pharmacology Chemistry
  • School Biological Sciences
  • Department Biochemistry
  • Email ga430@cam.ac.uk
  • Twitter @godwin_aleku

Godwin is a Leverhulme/Isaac Newton Early Career Research Fellow at the Department of Biochemistry, working at the interface of synthetic organic chemistry and industrial biotechnology. His research focuses on developing sustainable and clean approaches to Pharmaceutical synthesis.

Godwin Aleku

Godwin studied pharmacy at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, graduating in 2008. He then worked initially as a clinical pharmacist, and later as a senior regulatory affairs officer with the (Nigerian) National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.

In 2012, he moved to the UK as a postgraduate student and completed an MSc in Biotechnology and Enterprise in 2013 at the University of Exeter. He obtained a PhD in Chemical Biology in 2017, working with Professor Nicholas Turner FRS at the University of Manchester. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology between 2017 and 2020, in the group of Professor David Leys. In mid-2020, he moved to the University of Cambridge where he is a Leverhulme/Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Research Fellow at the Department of Biochemistry.

Godwin’s current research focuses on the development of clean enzyme-based sustainable manufacturing technologies. This involves the discovery, mechanistic characterisation, engineering, and development of a new generation of biocatalysts catalysing industrially relevant organic reactions and the application of these tailored biocatalysts to devise novel synthetic routes that can, for example, be applied to synthesise active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

His research is interdisciplinary and employs techniques from biocatalysis, organic synthesis, biochemistry, molecular biology, and industrial biotechnology.

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