Godwin Aleku

Dr Godwin Aleku

BPharm MSc PhD

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.

What's on

Kill or Cure poster

Art exhibition: 'Kill or Cure'

25/06/2022 at 10.00

Lethal or life-giving? Wolfson's exciting contemporary art exhibition explores the potential of animals, plants, and substances from the natural world to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’ (open to the public, Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm).

What do you care about? Wolfson Sustainability and Conversation Hub event 26 Aug 2022. Various trees and an hour glass denote nature is running out of time

What do you care about? - S&C Hub

26/08/2022 at 13.00

Wolfson's Sustainability & Conservation (S&C) Hub invites you to join the first gathering of its community for the academic year 2022-2023, discussing “What do you care about?”

Wolfson Gardens

Open Cambridge: Garden Tour

09/09/2022 at 14.00

Take some time out of your day to engage your senses with the sights and sounds of Wolfson's plants and wildlife.


Graduation Ceremony

10/09/2022 at 09.00

Graduation ceremonies are the culmination of students’ hard work and commitment, and a moment to celebrate the completion of their Cambridge degree.

A student photgraphs their friend at graduation

Oxford and Cambridge Mature Student Virtual Open Day

17/09/2022 at 12.00

Oxford and Cambridge will be teaming up to host a virtual event for mature students who are interested in applying to either Oxford or Cambridge.