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Dr. Maurice George Ekpenyong

Lecturer 1
Microbiology
maurygg2002@unical.edu.ng

PERSONAL DATA SURNAME: EKPENYONG OTHER NAMES: MAURICE GEORGE SEX: MALE DATE OF BIRTH: OCTOBER 31, 1971 PLACE OF BIRTH: CREEK TOWN-CALABAR STATE OF ORIGIN: CROSS RIVER REGION: NIGER-DELTA NATIONALITY: NIGERIAN CONTACT: Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Calabar PHONE NUMBER: 07038218972 E-mail: maurygg2002@yahoo.com; maurygg2002@unical.edu.ng EDUCATION 1. Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Second Class Honours, Upper Division 1998 2. Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Calabar, Nigeria 2008 3. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in MicrobialBiotechnology (Pharmaceutical & Petroleum), University of Calabar, Nigeria 2013 AREA OF SPECIALIZATION: Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology RESEARCH INTEREST: Microbial bioactive metabolism involving antibiotics, biocatalysts, biopolymers and biosurfactants; structure-function relationships, modeling, optimization and productionengineering for applications in health care and the environment DEPARTMENT/FACULTY Microbiology/Biological Sciences POSITION Senior Lecturer AWARDS/HONOURS/ACHIEVEMENTS 1. Winner; Cross River State’s Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists (JETS) competition 1991 2. Best graduating student, Department of Microbiology, University of Nigeria 1998 3. Winner; Cross River State Government’s Postgraduate Research Grant 2011 4. Award of Excellence as Best Lecturer in Faculty of Science, University of Calabar, Nigeria. 2012 5. Award of Honour in recognition of contributions in the field of Science and Technology in the State; by State Technical Education Board, Ministry of Education, Calabar, Cross River State 2012 6. Great Duke House Merit Award in recognition of contributions to Community service, development and loyalty to Duke Royal House of the Efik Kingdom 2014 7. Award of Honouras best Music Director, Calabar Synod, Presbyterian Church of Nigeria 2014 TAUGHT COURSES Undergraduate courses include Microbial Physiology and Metabolism, Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology, Statistics for Microbiologists, Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, Petroleum Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Microbiology. Graduate courses include Advanced Microbial Physiology and Biochemistry, Advanced Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology, Advanced Industrial Microbiology, Advanced Environmental Biotechnology and Advanced Microbial Techniques and Serology. JOURNAL REVIEWER 1. International Journal of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Research 2018 2. Chemical Science International Journal 2018 3. British Microbiology Research Journal 2016 GRADUATE STUDENT MENTORING 2 PGD students and 1 Ph.D. student

Ekpenyong, M. G., Antai, S. P., Essien, J. P. and Iwatt, G. D. (2007). pH-dependent zinc toxicity differentials in species of Penicillium and Rhodotorula during oil biodegradation. International Journal of Biological Chemistry, 1: 54-61. http://dx.doi.org/10.3923/ijbc.2007.54.61


Ekpenyong, M. G. and Antai, S. P. (2007). Influence of pH on cadmium toxicity to species of Bacillus (02 and 12) during biodegradation of crude oil. International Journal of Biological Chemistry,1: 29-37.http://dx.doi.org/10.3923/ijbc.2007.29.37


Ekpenyong, M. G. and Antai, S. P. (2007). Cadmium toxicity on species of Bacillus and Pseudomonas during growth on crude oil. Trends in Applied Sciences Research, 2:115-123.http://dx.doi.org/10.3923/tasr.2007.115.123


Ekpenyong, M. G., Antai, S. P. and Essien, J. P. (2007). Quantitative and qualitative assessment of hydrocarbon degrading bacteria and fungi in Qua Iboe Estuary, Nigeria. Research Journal of Microbiology, 2: 415-425.


Ekpenyong, M. G. and Antai, S. P. (2010). Influence of chemical speciation and divalent cations on cadmium toxicity during microbial biodegradation of crude oil. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences, 2: 77-84. http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/JTEHS.2010.77.84


Ekpenyong, M.,Asitok, A., Odey, A. and Antai, S. (2016). Production and activity kinetics of gelatinase by Serratia sp.SLO3. Nigerian Journal of Biopesticides, 1(1): 70-82


Ekpenyong, M. G., Antai, S. P. and Asitok, A. D. (2016). A Pseudomonas aeruginosastrainIKW1 produces an unusual polymeric surface-active compound in waste frying oil-minimal medium. International Journal of Sciences, 5 (6): 108-123.http://dx.doi.org/10.18483/ijSci.1064


Tiku, D. R., Antai, S. P., Asitok, A. D. and Ekpenyong, M. G. (2016). Hydrocarbon Biodegradation, heavy metal tolerance and antibiotic resistance among bacteria isolates from petroleum-polluted and pristine soil samples in Calabar Metropolis. Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, 2 (11): 1448-1462


Ekpenyong, M., Antai, S., Asitok, A.and Ekpo, B. (2017). Response surface modeling and optimization of major medium variables for glycolipopeptideproduction. Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology, 10: 113-121.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bcab.2017.02.015


Ekpenyong, M. G., Antai, S. P., Asitok, A. D. and Ekpo, B. O. (2016).Plackett-Burman design and response surface optimization of medium trace nutrients forglycolipopeptidebiosurfactant production. Iranian Biomedical Journal, 21 (4): 249-260. http://dx.doi/10.18869/acadpub.ibj.21.4.249


Asitok, A. D., Antai, S. P. and Ekpenyong, M. G. (2017). Water soluble fraction of crude oil uncouples protease biosynthesis and activity in hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria; implications for natural attenuation. International Journal of Sciences, 6 (7) 5-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.18483/ijSci.1344


Iboyo, A. E., Asitok, A. D., Ekpenyong, M. G. and Antai, S. P. (2017). Selection of Enterobacter cloacae strain POPE6 for fermentative production of extracellular lipase on palm kernel oil processing effluent. International Journal of Sciences, 6 (11): 1-22. http://dx.doi.org/10.18483/ijSci.1482


Nkanang, A. J., Antai, S. P., Asitok, A. D. and Ekpenyong, M. G. (2018). Hydrocarbonoclastic potentials of Enterobacteriaceae isolated from the crude oil polluted Iko river estuary and freshwater ecosystem of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. GSC Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2 (1): 038-046


Edet, P. E., Asitok, A. D., Ekpenyong, M. G. and Antai, S. P. (2018). Evaluation of the effects of nutritional and environmental parameters on production ofextracellular caseinolytic protease byStenotrophomonasacidaminiphila strain BPE4. International Journal of Sciences, 7 (2):70-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.18483/ijSci.1548


Nkanang, A. J., Antai, S. P., Asitok, A. D. and Ekpenyong, M. G.(2018). Assessment of diesel oil toxicity on some hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria isolated from Iko River estuary in the Niger Delta. World Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research, 4 (5): 48-55.

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6. Statistical and artificial intelligence modeling and optimization for development of fermentation conditions for commercial biosurfactant production.
Oral presentation at the 40thAnnual National Conference of Nigerian Society for Microbiology; 9th-12th October, 2017, AbubakarTafawaBalewaUniveristy, Bauchi, Nigeria
Start: Monday 9th October, 2017
End: Thursday 12th October, 2017
1. Influence of chemical speciation and divalent cations on cadmium toxicity during microbial biodegradation of crude oil. Paper presented at the 32nd annual national conference of Nigerian Society for Microbiology;
13th- 17th October, 2008, Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria.
Start: Monday 13th October, 2008
End: Friday 17th October, 2008
2. Recycling wastes through Science and Technology. Paper presented at the 1st Science Seminar and Conference of the Junior Engineers and Technicians Scientists (JETS).
5th November, 2010, Sacred Heart Conference Hall, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
Start: Friday 5th November, 2010
End: Friday 5th November, 2010
5. Water soluble fractions of petroleum products uncouple protease biosynthesis and activity in Vibrio fluvialis OWPB63: implications for natural attenuation.
. Oral presentation at the 40th Annual National Conference of Nigerian Society for Microbiology; 9th-12th October, 2017, AbubakarTafawaBalewaUniveristy, Bauchi, Nigeria.
Start: Monday 9th October, 2017
End: Thursday 12th October, 2017
7. Multivariate analyses of microbial population dynamics and enzyme activity fluxes along gradients of cement-dust-polluted soils in Mfamosing, Nigeria; impact on agriculture.
Oral presentation at the 5th Annual South-East Zonal Symposium of Nigerian Society for Microbiology; 24th-25th May, 2018; Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Nigeria.
Start: Thursday 24th May, 2018
End: Friday 25th May, 2018
4. Plackett-Burman design and response surface optimization of medium trace nutrients for glycolipopeptidebiosurfactant production.
Oral presentation at the 39th annual national conference of Nigerian Society for Microbiology; 19th -23rd September, 2016, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Enugu State, Nigeria.
Start: Monday 19th September, 2016
End: Friday 23rd September, 2016
3. Response surface modeling and optimization of major medium variables for glycolipopeptide production.
Oral presentation at the 39th annual national conference of Nigerian Society for Microbiology; 19th -23rd September, 2016, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Enugu State, Nigeria
Start: Monday 19th September, 2016
End: Friday 23rd September, 2016
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