Debo Nathaniel, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Biology
Department: Biology
Location: Tigerville, SC

"Impacting future leaders through academic excellence"
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in Environmental, Developmental, and Organismal Biology as well as special topics


    B.S. Biology, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

    M.S. Biology, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

    Ph.D. Biology, Bowling Green State University

  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes over fourteen years of teaching and research career in higher education. I joined North Greenville University in 2012.

  • Articles Published

    Imeh-Nathaniel S, Imeh-Nathaniel E, Odebunmi O, Awujoola A O, Sodeke P O, Okon M, Imeh-Nathaniel A (2020) Dietary Food Intake and Weight Differences among Young Secondary School Students in Rural and Urban Settings. On J Complement & Alt Med. 3(3): OJCAM.MS.ID.000564. DOI: 10.33552/OJCAM.2020.03.000564.

    Akinwale AE, Imeh-Nathaniel A. Muse WA (2019) Inhibitory Activities of Ripe and Unripe Neem Seed Powders on the Life Cycle, Fecundity and Adult Emergence of Housefly Musca Domestica L. (Diptera: Muscidae) EC Agriculture 5.12 (2019): 01-12.

    Imeh-Nathaniel A, Orfanakos V, Wormack L, Huber R, Nathaniel TI. The crayfish model (Orconectes rusticus), epigenetics and drug addiction research. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2019 08; 183:38-45. PMID: 31202808.

    Huber R, Imeh-Nathaniel A, Nathaniel T, Gore S, Datta U, Bhimani R, Panksepp JB, Panksepp J, VanStaaden M (2018), Drug-sensitive Reward in Crayfish: Exploring the Neural Basis of Addiction with Automated Learning Paradigms Behavioural Processes 152:47-53

    Olaleye T, Muse W, Adekanbi S, Alabi I, Imeh- Nathaniel A, Nathaniel IT (2017), Powdered leaf extracts of Harugana madagascariensis, Margaritaria discoidea, and Antigonon leptopus disrupt larva and pupa stages of a tropical disease vector. Asian Pacific Journal of tropical disease 778-782

    Shipley A, Imeh-Nathaniel A, Orfanakos A, Wormack L, Huber R, and Nathaniel IT (2017)The sensitivity of the crayfish reward system to mammalian drug of abuse. Frontiers in Physiology

    Nathaniel IT, Stewart B, Williams J, Hood M, Imeh-Nathaniel A (2017) A new insight into the ability to resist Ischemic brain injury: Does hibernation matter?: An Editorial comment for ‘Arctic ground squirrel hippocampus tolerates oxygen glucose Journal of Neurochemistry 142 (1): 10-13

    Imeh-Nathaniel A, Rincon N, Orfanakos V.B, Brechtel L, Wormack L, Richardson E, Huber R , Nathaniel I T (2017) Effects of Chronic Cocaine, Morphine and Methamphetamine on the Mobility, Immobility and Stereotyped Behaviors in Crayfish. Behav Brain Res 332: 120-125.

    Olaleye T, Muse WA , Imeh-Nathaniel A and Nathaniel IT (2017) Biological effects of Petiveria alliacea and Flueggae virosa on the life cycle of a disease vector (Musca domestica). International journal of pure and applied zoology 5(1)

    Adebobola Imeh-Nathaniel, Adekunle Adedeji, Robert Huber Thomas I Nathaniel, (2016) The rewarding properties of methamphetamine in an invertebrate model of drug addiction. Physiology and behavior 153: 40-46

    Nathaniel et al. (2015) Molecular and physiological factors of neuroprotection in a hypoxia tolerating model: Pharmacological clues for the treatment of stroke. Experimental Neuroscience. 9: 1-5
    Okon M, Adebobola NI, Julius S, Adebimpe O, Taiwo AO, Akinyemi A, Nathaniel, I.T (2015) Stroke incidence and case-fatality rate in an urban population. Journal of Cerebrovascular disorder. 24 (4): 771-777

    Thomas I. Nathaniel, Ashley Williams-Hernandez, Lamar A Hunter Caroline Liddy, Dennis M Peffley, Adebobola Imeh-Nathaniel, (2015). Tissue hypoxia during ischemic stroke: Adaptive clues from hypoxia-tolerant animal models. Brain Research Bulletin. 114: 1-12

    Ajibola ME, Akinpelu AI, Imeh-Nathaniel A (2014) Seasonal Distributions of True Frogs (Family Ranidae) in Tropical Rainforest of Southwestern Nigeria. J Biodivers Biopros Dev 2: 139. doi:10.4172/2376-0214.1000139

    Imeh-Nathaniel A, Okon M, Huber R, Nathaniel TI (2014). Exploratory behavior and withdrawal signs in crayfish: Chronic central morphine injections and termination effects Behav Brain Res. 264:181-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2014.01.026.

    Nathaniel, T.I. Otukonyong, EE, Okon, M., Chaves T, Nathaniel, A.I. (2013) Metabolic regulatory clues from the naked mole rat: Toward brain regulatory functions during stroke. Brain research Bulletin, 8, 44-52

    Dziopa L, Imeh-Nathaniel A, Baier D, Kiel M, Sameera S, Brager A, Beatriz V, Nathaniel TI (2011)
    Morphine-conditioned cue alters c-Fos protein expression in the brain of crayfish. Brain Res Bull. 85(6):385-95

    M. Gabriela Bidart-Bouzat and Adebobola Imeh-Nathaniel (2008) Global Change Effects on Plant Chemical Defenses against Insect Herbivores. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 2008, 50 (11): 1339–1354

    Nathaniel I.T., Olajuyigbe, A.O. and Nathaniel, A. (2006). Comparative analysis of brain mechanisms of attack and defense among higher brains. Central European Journal of Biology, 1(2), 249 – 262.

    Olorunmaiye, K.S.; Fatoba, P.O. and Imeh-Nathaniel, A. (2004). Effects of seed coat removal on seed germination and seedling development in Afzelia africana NISEB Journal, 4(1):5-9

    Nathaniel-Imeh, A. (2004). Indigenous Knowledge of Rural Women in Sustainable Ecology, Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Conservation in Southwestern Nigeria. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa vol. 6 No. 2

    Nathaniel-Imeh, A. (2004). The Environment: Re-addressing Global Trends and Contemporary Issues. African Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 9 43- 48

    Adelekun A and Morakinyo J. A. (2001) Effect of Different doses of Gamma Radiation on the Seedlings of Digitaria Exilis. Journal of Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology Vol. 71-75.

    Morakinyo J. A. and Adelekun A. (1997) Effects of Gamma Radiation on Meiosis and pollen Grain Viability in Digitaria exilis. Nigerian Journal of Genetics XII, 29-36.

  • Awards Received

    2018 – North Greenville University faculty award for scholarship
    2017 – North Greenville University Scholarship Award for scholarly research publications
    2017 – North Greenville University Service Award
    2009 – Oman Graduate Scholarship in Ecology and Environmental Biology
    2005 – Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
    2003 – Claude Ake Research Fellowship for Distinguished Scholar in Research
    2000 – University of Ilorin Senate Research Grant)
    1997 – Federal Government of Nigeria Post Graduate Award
    1990 – University of Ilorin Scholar- Department of Biological Sciences

  • My Network

    I will gladly involve you in my circle that includes:

  • My Story

    Ever since I could remember, I have always wanted to touch lives around me, I also knew I wanted to be a scientist at a very young age but did not know how to make the connection. After my first degree, I made the connection that a career in academics is the best way to meet people and touch many lives in ways that might not have been possible in other career fields. I found my passion in teaching college students. North Greenville University gave me the unique opportunity for scholarship, teaching excellence and service. More importantly, I have been able to integrate faith in learning. With the small class setting, I have been able to develop my teaching skills , mentor undergraduate research, and impact future leaders

    Favorite Course to Teach:

    I love to teach Human Embryology because it is a testimony of how “fearfully and wonderfully” we are made.


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