BSc Botany (Benin), MSc Botany (Benin), PhD Mycology (Benin), Cert. (Higher Educ. Pedagogy).

Professor (Mrs) Francisca Iziegbe Okungbowa, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. She teaches Biological Techniques, Fungal Physiology, Lower Plants, Mycology and Plant Pathology, at the Faculty of Life Sciences. Prof. Okungbowa’s research areas focus on basic and applied mycology with emphasis on fungal physiological response to the environment as well as evaluation of antifungal effects of plant extracts on fungal pathogens of humans and plants (with particular interest in Aspergillus, Candida and Fusarium) and gender –related studies. She has over fifty journal articles, conference papers and book chapters which dwell on the above subjects and their biotechnological applications. Prof. Okungbowa has recognitions and several awards among which are her enlistment in “Prominent Women” by the Global Alliance for Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce, Canada in 2001 and the Third World Academy of Science, TWAS – Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR (India) Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2004 for research in India, Medical Mycology Association of the Americas Travel Award to San Francisco, USA in 2004, International Union of Microbiological Sciences (IUMS) Travel Award to California, USA, in 2004, Advances Against Aspergillosis Travel Award, 2005 to Athens, Greece, International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) Research Training Fellowship in the University of Manchester, UK in 2007. She was also nominated by the University of Benin for the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Research Fellowship in 2007. The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Africa Region nominated Prof. Francisca Okungbowa for the Young Women Scientists Award in 2010. She is a member of several professional bodies.

Faculty of Life Sciences

1. Okungbowa F.I., Isikhuemhen O.S. and Dede A.P.O. (2003). The distribution frequency of Candida species in the genitourinary tract among symptomatic individuals in Nigerian cities. Revista Iberoamericana de Micologia; 20: 60 – 63.
2. Okungbowa F.I. and Okungbowa M.O. (2006). Antifungal effect of some plant extracts against Epidemophyton floccosum. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, 20 (3):1171-1176.
3. Dede A.P.O.,Okungbowa F.I., Idu M. (2006). Effect of scarifying agents on the mycoflora of Monodora myristica (Gaertn) Dunal seeds. Nigerian Journal of Applied Science 24:164-168.
4. Okungbowa F.I. and Edema N.E. (2007). Antifungal activities of leaf extracts from six asteraceous plants against Fusarium oxysporum. Nigerian Journal of Botany, 20 (1):45 - 49.
5. Okungbowa F.I. and Ogbimi A.Z. (2007). Growth of Trichoderma viride on bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) pod solid basal medium. Micologia Aplicada International, 19 (1):1-5.
6. Dede A.P.O. and Okungbowa F.I. (2007). In vitro growth of Ceratocystis paradoxa in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) fruit extract media. Micologia Aplicada International 20 (2):51-55.
7. Okungbowa F.I. and Okungbowa M.A.O. (2007). Gender issues in the use of mosquito bed-nets in some Nigerian rural communities. Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies 14 (1): 81-86.
8. Okungbowa F.I., Ghosh A.K., Chowdhury R., Chaudhuri P., Basu A. and Pal K. (2007). Mechanical lysis of Candida cells for crude protein and enzymatic activity estimation: comparison of three methods. World Journal of Medical Sciences, 2 (2): 101-104.
9. Okungbowa F.I. (2008). Gender analysis of membership composition of the strategic plan 2002-2012 Committee, University of Benin, Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Women Studies 15 (2): 95-100.
10. Okungbowa F.I. and Osagie M. (2009). Mycoflora of sun-dried sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) slices in Benin City, Nigeria. African Journal of Biotechnology, 8 (14):3326-3331.
11. Okungbowa F.I.,Chowdhury R.,Okungbowa M.O. (2009). Biochemical characterisation of a clinical Candida krusei isolate and its susceptibility to Amphotericin B. Bioscience Research Communications, 21 (4):137-140.
12. Dede A.P.O. and Okungbowa F.I. (2009). Effect of pH on in vitro yeast-mycelial dimorphism in genitourinary Candida spp. Bioscience Research Communications, 21 (4):177-181.
13. Okungbowa F.I., Dede A.P.O, and Isikhuemhen O.S. (2009). Cell Morphology variations and budding patterns in Candida isolates. Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, 3 (2): 192-195.
14. Okungbowa F.I. and Usifo A.O. (2010). Radial growth of Aspergillus and Penicillium spores exposed to laboratory disinfectants. Micologia Aplicada International, 22 (2): 59-61.
15. Okungbowa F.I. and Dede A.P.O. (2010). Fungal flora of Nigerian currency notes in circulation in Benin City, Nigeria. Indian Journal of Microbiology. 50 (1):139-141.
16. Okungbowa F.I., Chowdhury R., Pal K. (2010). Secreted protease and activity of an endoproteinase for preliminary characterisation of clinical Candida isolates. Journal of Biochemical Technology, 2 (2):168-169.
17. Okungbowa F.I. and Oviasogie F.E. (2011). Antimicrobial effect of grapefruit crude extracts on selected bacterial isolates. International Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 5 (1): 68-70.
18. Okungbowa F.I. (2011). Screening of four food spices of plant origin for antifungal activity against a Fusarium oxysporum soil isolate. Jurnal Teknologi dan Industri Pangan, 22 (1):92-95.
19. Okungbowa F. I. and Okungbowa M. O.A. (2011). Morphological variations in colony among clinical Candida strains. Canadian Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences, 5 (3):1637-1641.
20. Okungbowa F.I. and Shittu H.O (2012). Fusarium Wilts: an overview. Environmental Research Journal,. 6 (2):83-102.
21. Okungbowa F.I. (2013). Effect of concentration and exposure time of laboratory disinfectants on radial growth of Aspergillus species isolated from Irvingia gabonensis (Aubry Lecomte ex ‘O’ Rorke) Baill. University of Benin Journal of Science and Technology. 1 (2): 62-66.
22. Esiegbuya D.O., F.I. Okungbowa, E. A. Oruade-Dimaro, and C.E. Airede (2013). First Report of Postharvest dry rot of Raphia hookeri fruits caused by Xylaria feejeensis. Journal of Plant Pathology 95 (2): 449.
23. Okungbowa F.I. and Shittu H.O. (2012). Vascular wilt of tomato caused by Fusarium oxysporum. In: Rios T.F. and Ortega E.R. (editors). Fusarium: Epidemiology, Environmental Sources and Prevention. Nova Science Publishers Inc., New York. Pp. 123 – 144.
24. Okungbowa F.I. and Dede A.P.O. (2012). Sterilisation and culture techniques. In: Okhuoya J.A. et al. (eds). Biological Techniques and Applications. University of Benin Press. Pp. 106-145.
25. Okungbowa F.I. (2012). In vitro microbial susceptibility testing. In: Okhuoya J.A. et al. (eds). Biological Techniques and Applications. University of Benin Press. Pp. 393-410.

Area(s) of Specialization: 
Mycology and Fungal Biotechnology with special interest in fungal physiological response to the environment and plant extracts.