The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Meet a PhD Graduate: Abdulfattah Durojaiye

Dec 9, 2017
Abdulfattah Durojaiye

Q: Why did you choose UMass Amherst to complete our PhD in Nursing?


A: In the process of selecting a college to pursue my PhD education, I meticulously researched many programs. UMass Amherst was my first choice because of the richness and diversity of the research areas and the integrity of UMass as a research-intensive university.



Q: What was the focus of your research here at UMass?


A: My PhD dissertation focused on comparative analysis of the effectiveness of conventional antiretroviral (ART) medications with a combination therapy of ART and herbal therapies as they are already used by Nigerian HIV patients. The study compared changes in HIV biomarker (CD4), symptoms and quality of life of Nigerian HIV patients receiving conventional ART only and those receiving a combination of herbal medications and ART.


Q: How did you find the facilities, resources, and faculty supported you and your research?


A: My education at UMass was an important and exciting period of my life. The entire faculty, staff, and students of the college helped to enrich my experience at UMass. UMass College of Nursing has excellent facilities and resources that are necessary for graduate studies. The state-of-the-art facilities at UMass make distance learning possible. Moreover, the faculty members at UMass College of Nursing were very supportive during my education at the College. 



Q: Since graduation, what have you been working on? What is your current position?


A: Since graduation, I have been working in clinical research with a sponsor company. Currently, I function as a sponsor clinical research scientist/associate with responsibility for monitoring all types of clinical trials; assuring adherence to Good Clinical Practice, investigating integrity and compliance with all study procedures, site management and performance, including documentation, protocol, and ICF development.



Q: What are your plans for the future?


A: It is my plan to expand on my PhD dissertation work and continue to investigate the potency and efficacy of different herbal treatments among African population.