Yetunde A. Ayinuola

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow
+1 574-631-7733
230 Raclin-Carmichael Hall

Research Interests

Proteins are the most abundant and arguably the most important biomolecules within a living organism. Hardly will any metabolic process occur without the activity of one protein or the other. Most often, the difference between a health and a disease state could be pinned down to a defect in the function of one protein or another. Consequently, in an attempt to unravel the molecular basis of most diseases, it is important to understand the structure-function relationship of specific proteins, as well as their interactions with other macromolecules and small molecules. Hence, my research interest is focused on the characterization of specific proteome within living organisms and the application of such characteristics in the control, management and treatment of diseases. 

Group A Streptococcus (GAS) also known as Streptococcus pyogenes are a group of pathogenic bacteria that cause mild infection to life-threatening invasive diseases. GAS produce many virulence factors that promote survival in human, the major virulence determinant being M-protein.My current research activities involve the use of biophysical techniques such as isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), surface plasmon resonance (SPR), composition gradient (CG)/size exclusion chromatography (SEC) combined with multi-angle light scattering (MALS), flow cytometry etc., to study the interaction of GAS M-protein with human fibrinolytic and coagulation pathways proteins.



Postdoctoral Fellow, W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research, University of Notre Dame
2018 Ph.D., Biochemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
2012 M. Sc., Biochemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
2008 B. Sc., Biochemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Honors & Awards

2017  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Travel Award for Vectors, Pathogens & Diseases Conference
2015 Tertiary Trust Education Fund (TETfund) Research Grant
2012 Murli T. Chellaram Foundation Scholarship  
2010 Carnegie Scholarship for female postgraduate students
2007 Hadji Musa Ayeni Award for the best graduating student in Biochemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University
2007 Egbe Omo Oduduwa of South Florida Scholarship
2004 Carnegie Scholarship for female undergraduate students