246 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
PhD Applied Entomology and Pest Management – University of Lagos, Nigeria, 2018
BS Zoology – University of Lagos, Nigeria, 2010
I received my PhD from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 2018 studying species diversity and infectivity of black flies (Simulium damnosum complex) that transmit filarial worms causing onchocerciasis (river blindness) in West Africa. During my degree program I was a visiting scholar at Auburn University, AL, USA. After my PhD, I spent four years as a lecturer at the University of Lagos where I gained considerable instructional experience teaching several topics in entomology and zoology courses. My interest is in vector-borne diseases such as onchocerciasis and malaria, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as well as other fields revolving around global public health.
Here at UW-Madison, my primary responsibility is to provide instruction for selected courses in the Global Health major and certificate. I will also be involved in developing teaching techniques that enhance course effectiveness and supervising day-to-day activities of work unit employees involved in instructional support, among other duties.
Online Profile: Google Scholar
- Oforka, C. L., Omotayo, A. I., Akarawak, E. E., and Adeleke M. A. (2023). Knowledge, attitudes, and practices on mosquito control in urban informal settlements of Lagos, southwest Nigeria. Journal of Integrated Pest Management, 14(1): 22. https://doi.org/10.1093/jipm/pmad021
- Adeleke, M. A., Awojide, S. H., Oyewole, K. A., Oforka, C. L., Surakat, O. A., Fasasi, K. A., and Mafiana, C. F. (2023). Chemical Composition and Repellent Activities of Formulated Creams from Essential Oils of Three Tropical Plants Against Adults of Simulium damnosum Sensu Lato. Egyptian Academic Journal of Biological Sciences, 16(1): 155-163. https://doi.org/10.21608/eajbsa.2023.292574
- Oforka, C. L., Omotayo, A. I., Adeogun, A. O., Anikwe, J. C. and Adeleke, M. A. (2022). Mosquito species composition in two urban neighbourhoods of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, based on larval surveys. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, 42: 2751–2760. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42690-022-00810-w
- Ahiakpa, J. K., Cosmas, N. T., Anyiam, F. E., Enalume, K. O., Lawan, I., Gabriel, I. B., Oforka, L., Dahir, H. G., Fausat, S. T., Nwobodo, M. A., Massawe, G. P., Obagha, A. S., Okeh, D. U., Karikari, B., Aderonke, S. T., Awoyemi, O. M., Aneyo, I. A., and Doherty, V. (2022). COVID-19 vaccines uptake: Public knowledge, awareness, perception and acceptance among adult Africans. PLoS ONE 17(6): e0268230. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0268230
- Oforka, C. L. and Adeleke, M. A. (2022). Dry season larval habitats of mosquito vectors (Culicidae) in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Area of Lagos, Nigeria. Munis Entomology and Zoology, 17(1): 252-259.
- Oforka, C. L., Adeleke, M. A., Anikwe, J. C. and Makanjuola W. A. (2021) Sympatric occurrence of forest and savannah morphotypes of Simulium damnosum complex (Diptera: Simuliidae) in Osun State, Nigeria. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, 41: 189-195. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s42690-020-00192-x.
- Oforka, L. C., Adeleke, M. A., Anikwe, J. C., Hardy, N. B., Mathias, D. K., Makanjuola, W. A. and Fadamiro, H. Y. (2020). Biting rates and Onchocerca infectivity status of black flies from the Simulium damnosum complex (Diptera: Simuliidae) in Osun State, Nigeria. Journal of Medical Entomology, 57 (3): 901-907. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjz250.
- Oforka, L. C., Adeleke, M. A., Anikwe, J. C. and Makanjuola W. A. (2019). Population fluctuations and effect of climatic factors on the relative abundance of Simulium damnosum complex (Diptera: Simuliidae). Environmental Entomology, 48 (2): 284-290. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvz004.
- Oforka, L. C., Adeleke, M. A., Anikwe, J. C., Hardy, N. B., Mathias, D. K., Makanjuola, W. A. and Fadamiro, H. Y. (2018). Poor genetic differentiation but clear cytoform divergence among cryptic species in Simulium damnosum complex (Diptera: Simuliidae). Systematic Entomology, 43 (1): 123-135. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12256.
- Adeleke, M.A., Adeyemi, J. A., Fasasi, K. A., Oforka, L. C., Adeogun, A. O. and Olatunde, G. (2018). Molecular characterization and Insecticide susceptibility status of Anopheles gambiae complex (Giles, 1902) in Osun State, Southwestern Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Entomology, 34: 69-76. DOI: https://doi.org/10.36108/NJE/8102/43(0180).
- Adeleke, M. A., Oyewole, V. O., Olabiyi, K. O. and Oforka, L. C. (2017). Parasites and pathogenic bacteria associated with houseflies and the public health implications in Osogbo, Southwestern Nigeria. Munis Entomology and Zoology, 12 (1): 94-98.
- Anikwe, J. C., Aghahere, F. and Oforka, L. C. (2016). Residual efficacy of two synthetic insecticides in controlling the maize weevil, Sitophilus zeamais (Motschulsky) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in storage. The Zoologist, 14 (1): 37-42.
- Oforka, L. C. and Anikwe, J. C. (2016). Comparative toxicities of Zingiber officinale, Eugenia aromatica, and Piper nigrum powders on Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Nigerian Journal of Ecology. 15 (1): 39-46.
- Oforka, L. C., Adeleke, M. A., Anikwe, J. C. and Makanjuola, W. A. (2015). Prospects in Onchocerciasis Control in Nigeria. In: Recent Advances in Biological Sciences. Adedire C. O. and Fagbenro O. A. (Eds.). Artsmostfare Publishers, Ibadan, Nigeria. Pp. 235-256.
ENT 205 – Our Planet Our Health
ENT 570 – Systems Thinking in Global Health
I will also be teaching a FIG in Fall of 2024.
Memberships and Affiliations:
- 2021-Present | Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH), UK
- 2021-Present | Organization for Women in Science for the Developing world (OWSD)
- 2021-Present | The Systematics Association, UK
- 2013-Present | Entomological Society of Nigeria (ESN)
- 2013-Present | Society for Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Mitigation (SETPOM)
- 2010-Present | Zoological Society of Nigeria (ZSN)
- 2015-2018 | Entomological Society of America (ESA)
- 2016 | F. S. Arant Entomology Club, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA
- 2016 | African Students Association, Auburn University, Alabama, USA