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.

What's on

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Daughters and Sons of the Post-Windrush Generation: Reflections and New Directions

22/06/2021 at 15.00

This Windrush day, join us and the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement for a special panel discussion.

art by Amikam Toren

Art Exhibition Opening: Amikam Toren

29/06/2021 at 17.30

Members of Wolfson are invited to our latest arts exhibition opening event. This is an in-person event with limited capacity, so please make sure to book.

Wolfson College

Foundation Day 2021

30/06/2021 at 18.00

Join President Jane Clarke to toast what makes Wolfson special: its history, achievements and – most of all – its people. Wolfson invites you to celebrate the 56th annual Foundation Day on Wednesday 30 June 2021, 6 to 6.30pm BST (GMT+1).

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Mary Bevan Recital - Leo Appel (violin)

04/07/2021 at 13.30

Every year, Wolfson invites the winner of the Cambridge University Music Society Concerto Competition to the Mary Bevan Recital. 

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Pathway to a sustainable future: Wolfson Who’s who (Fellows-only)

05/07/2021 at 17.00

For the Anniversary Week of the Wolfson Sustainability & Conservation Interdisciplinary Research Hub, a space for views from many disciplines to discuss the pathway towards a sustainable future at Wolfson College