Nanotechnology Now

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


Home > News > The truth about yams

October 21st, 2009

The truth about yams

It has taken 30 years of hard work for Professor Helen Asemota to get to this stage. However, that work is yet over. Yams and potatoes are foods many people don't think much of in Jamaica. They are always available and their use outside of being a replacement for our staple rice diet has not been thought of much.

Professor Asemota has thought of it. Hailing from Nigeria, the professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the department of medical sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI) has made the journey across the middle passage and is daily achieving feats that benefit Jamaica in untold ways. Those benefits have earned Professor Asemota the 2009 Gleaner Honour Award in the category science and technology.

Over those 30 years, and more, Professor Asemota has not only worked with a number of universities, but has been integral on a global level, of developing and executing new and improved research in her field.

While her work in biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology is renowned, has recently she added the fairly new and certainly very exciting area of nanotechnology to her extensive résumé.

Prof Asemota earned her professorial status at UWI but has found the time to also give service to Shaw University in North Carolina where she is head of the Nanobiology Division of the Shaw Nanotechnology Initiative - the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Centre. So respected is the woman that though she is only with Shaw University part-time, she is also the chairman of the Shaw Institutional Research Board.


Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Light-powered gyroscope is world's smallest: Promises a powerful spin on navigation April 1st, 2015

Nanion Technologies Appoints James Costantin as Director of Customer Relations: Nanion is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James Costantin as Director of Customer Relations at Nanion Technologies Inc. March 31st, 2015

New Applications Brochure on Complex Motion Control Systems for Scientific Research March 31st, 2015

Nanomedicine shines light on combined force of nanomedicine and regenerative medicine March 31st, 2015


Russia’s Nano-enabled Products Market to Witness Massive Growth February 8th, 2011

Adept Technology Announces Orders for Over $600K from Chinese Partner January 18th, 2011

Nanostart-held ItN Nanovation Receives Major Follow-on Order in Saudi Arabia November 29th, 2010

Homegrown Companies Developing Batteries for Clean Energy Storage November 2nd, 2010


Light-powered gyroscope is world's smallest: Promises a powerful spin on navigation April 1st, 2015

Prototype 'nanoneedles' generate new blood vessels in mice: Scientists have developed tiny 'nanoneedles' that have successfully prompted parts of the body to generate new blood vessels, in a trial in mice March 31st, 2015

Super sensitive measurement of magnetic fields March 31st, 2015

Nanomedicine pioneer Mauro Ferrari at ETH Zurich March 31st, 2015

The latest news from around the world, FREE

  Premium Products
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More

Nanotechnology Now Featured Books


The Hunger Project

© Copyright 1999-2015 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE