Joshua Owolabi, PhD | Associate Professor at PCOM South Georgia
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Associate Professor

Dr. Joshua O. Owolabi is currently an associate professor at PCOM South Georgia. He teaches anatomy, neuroscience, histology, embryology and related basic medical science subjects to osteopathic medicine and biomedical sciences students.

His academic qualifications include: PhD in Anatomy (OOU, Nigeria), PhD in Public Health-Neuroepidemiology Specialization (UCN, Guyana), a MSc in Anatomy (Ilorin, Nigeria), MBA (NIBM, India), Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (USW, United Kingdom), MMedEd in medical in Medical Education (USW, United Kingdom), and BSc in Anatomy (Ilorin, Nigeria). He was formerly a research fellow at the University of Madrid in Spain and a postdoctoral associate at Yale University.

He has taught and mentored medical and health sciences students in Nigeria, Liberia, Rwanda and the United States. His immediate past academic and professional roles included vice president of the Society of Clinical Anatomist of Rwanda, a representative on the IFAA world council, and head of the anatomy department and Chair of the Curriculum Committee at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda.

Some of his recent partnership and collaborations involved Harvard University (United States), Leipzig University (Germany), and University of Nebraska (United States). He has served as an external examiner (MSc/PhD) to Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), KwaZulu Natal University (South Africa), and Kampala International University (Uganda). He is a member of several professional bodies including International Brain Research Organization, American Association of Clinical Anatomists, Anatomy Society United Kingdom, and Anatomical Society of Nigeria. He is also the convener of African Network for Drug Epidemiology and Neuroepidemiology.

Dr. Owolabi is a medical scientist, educator, policy advocate, science communicator, life-long learner and  academic leader. He is an international scholar of repute with over 140 publications. He also currently volunteers with Academics Without Borders (Canada).


  • Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, United States
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (IBRO), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • PhD, Anatomy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria
  • PhD, Public Health, University of Central Nicaragua, Guyana
  • MBA, National Institute of Business Management, India
  • MSc, Anatomy, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Masters in Medical Education, University of South Wales, United Kingdom
  • PG Diploma, Medical Education, University of South Wales, United Kingdom
  • BSc, Anatomy, University of Ilorin, Nigeria


  • HEENT and Neuroscience
  • Foundations of Cardio and Pulmonary Medicine
  • Foundations of Renal, Endocrine, and Gastrointestinal Medicine
  • Foundations of Musculoskeletal System and Skin
  • Foundations of Reproductive and Genitourinary Medicine
  • Medical Anatomy (Masters)
  • Critical Reasoning in Basic Sciences


Dr. Owolabi's current research projects include:

  • Development of an online training program in health profession education with Academics Without Borders, Canada
  • EdTech-MedEd Integration: Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) framework, operationalizing matrices and supporting resources development and digitalization with an ASIC app on webpages as well as iOS and Android platforms.
  • Radiofrequency radiation effects on genetic and molecular markers of aging, neuroinflammation, neurogenesis and neurodegeneration.
  • Neuroepidemiology of neurological diseases


Selected awards:

  • Best Video Abstract Award and Travel Grant; Awarded by the Dovepress, New Zealand, 2022
  • Babcock University Anatomical Students' Society of Nigeria's Best Lecturer of the Year, 2016
  • Babcock University Anatomical Students' Society of Nigeria's Best Lecturer of the Year, 2015


  • Member, American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA), United States
  • Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC), United States
  • Member, The Society of Neuroscientists of Africa, SONA
  • Member, Anatomy Society, United Kingdom
  • Member, Neuroscience Society of Nigeria (NSN), Nigeria
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Clinical and Experimental Anatomists (SECAN), Nigeria
  • Member, Society of Clinal Anatomists of Rwanda (S-CAR), Rwanda
  • Member, International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
  • International Society for Neurohistochemistry (ISN)
  • Member, Anatomical Society of Nigeria (ASN)


Selected grant awards:

  • PCOM Community Research Fellowship Grant; Awarded by PCOM, 2023
  • UGHE Dean's Seed Grant; Awarded as PI, University of Global Health Equity, 2021
  • IBRO/Dana Foundation Brain Awareness Week Grant, 2020
  • IBRO-RIKEN Grant for CBS Summer Program, 2020
  • UGHE Dean’s Seed Grant; Awarded as PI, the University of Global Health Equity, 2019
  • IBRO Return Home Grant and Fellowship, 2019
  • IBRO-ARC TReND School Training Grant on Invertebrate Neuroscience, 2019
  • IBRO-ARC Travel Grant, 2018
  • IBRO-ARC Bursary for Teaching Tools Workshop, 2018
  • Babcock University 2018 Research Grant, 2018
  • IBRO-ARC Bursary Program Grant, 2017
  • ISN Category 1B: Research Supplies for use in the Applicant's Home Laboratory Grant, 2017
  • NURESDEF AWARD, Nigeria: 3rd Prize, Life Sciences and Medicine, 2016
  • IBRO Global Brain Awareness Seed Grant, 2015
  • Babcock University 2015 Research Grant, 2015