Tayo Fasuan

Tayo Fasuan is an environmental virologist, an infectious disease communicator, and a public health consultant with vast experiences in disease surveillance and epidemiology, molecular science/laboratory techniques, risk communication and community engagement, and health communication/education. He is from Ekiti State, Nigeria, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, and Master’s degree in Virology,

He was a lecturer and researcher in Ekiti State University, taking courses such as Virology, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Tissue Culture Techniques, and Introductory and Applied Biotechnology. His major research interests are:

  1. Science communication in diseases prevention and control;
  2. Management of infectious diseases;
  3. Viral zoonoses and anthroponoses;
  4. Gastroenteric viral infections and diseases;
  5. Epidemiology for disease outbreaks;
  6. Risk Communication and Community Engagement
  7. Control of enteric viruses in environmental waters.

He has also published books in these areas such as:

  1. A Handbook on Wild and Peridomestic Birds associated with Arboviral Infections and Diseases (2018), Amazon Kindle Edition;
  2. Lecture Notes: Introductory Biotechnology (2019), Amazon Kindle Edition, and;
  3. Other Than Malaria: Common Viral Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes in Africa (2021) MicroBiotics Web Books.

He has written about disease management for many years across multiple national and international platforms. Some of his featured articles are:

  1. Infectious Diseases: Nigeria needs proactive approaches to tackle future health crisis;
  2. Nosocomial Diseases: How Nigeria can effectively tackle hospital-acquired infections; 
  3. COVID-19 and the Infectious Viral Load: Another Angle to Fighting the Infection;
  4. Three reasons COVID-19 might be difficult to control and three reasons it might be easily controlled;
  5. The Initiation of Infection and the Cause of Disease (Part 1 – 3);
  6. Nine Reasons Why Drugs Don’t Work Against Diseases;
  7. Research Feedbacks: Activating Moral Responsibility towards Subjects and Participants.

As the Founder and Chief Research & Communication Officer of MicroBiotic, he is very engaged with all the science communication activities of the firm, and most of his written articles and talks can be found here on MicroBiotics, which he founded in 2012.

He was part of the COVID-19 surveillance and testing in Nigeria during the pandemic from 2020 to 2021, working on the frontline with 54gene (Stack Diagnostics) and GeneLab Diagnostics as a molecular scientist, and testing over 7,000 patients for COVID-19 during the period. He was a Surveillance Volunteer for World Health Organisation, providing supportive supervision to enhance disease surveillance activities in Ekiti State. He has also been part of Management Support Team (MST) for African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) for many mass vaccination programmes like outbreak response, and national immunisation plus days in many states in Nigeria.

He is presently the State Technical Advisor (Southwest Nigeria) for Nigeria COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project (N-CoPREP) under the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and support of the World Bank. He is also a member of the Ekiti State Public Health Emergency Management Committee (PHEMC) and Ekiti State Malaria Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM) Core Group among others.

BioTalks Topic(s)

The Control and Management of Viral Infectious Diseases: Exploring The Public Angle