Dr Adeola Atobatele


Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

I am a Lecturer in Biological Sciences department with an educational background in Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical sciences.

My educational qualifications started with a degree (BSc Hons) in Biochemistry at Bowen University, Nigeria in 2010, where I graduated as the Best Graduating student in the department. Afterwards I completed a National Youth Service Corps Scheme in 2011, where I taught Biology to young secondary school students for a year. I then obtained a Masters degree (MSc) in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Greenwich, UK in 2013. Following, this award, I went on to do a PhD in Biosciences at Nottingham Trent University in 2019, exploring the Expression and Role of multi-functional enzyme, Transglutaminase-2 and its isoforms in contributing to the prostate cancer phenotype (progression). I have also worked over the last 6 years as a Demonstrator and Senior Bioscience Technical Specialist and an hourly paid lecturer in busy bioscience teaching and research laboratories.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Member Royal Society of Biology
  • Member Biochemical Society
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

Current research interest is in cancer related signaling resulting in the progression of colorectal and prostate cancer metastatic phenotype.


  • Chronic multifactorial disease (Module Leader)
  • Principles of molecular biology (Teaching team)
  • Molecular Genetics and Genetics Engineering (Teaching team)
  • Applied Scientific Practice (Advanced Skills) (Teaching team)
  • Practical Skills for Life Scientists (Teaching team)
  • Life Science Research Projects (Supervisory role)


  1. Adeola G Atobatele, Giulia Furini, Izhar Burhan, Stephanie McArdle, Graham Ball and Elisabetta AM Verderio. Role of Tissue transglutaminase alternative transcripts in prostate cancer progression. Manuscript in preparation.
  2. Elisabetta A.M. Verderio, Alessandra Scarpellini, Giulia Furini, Adeola G Atobatele, Linghong Huang, David Boocock, F Peysselon, Sylvie Ricard-Blum, Timothy S Johnson. The interactome of TG2 in kidney membranes. Manuscript in preparation .
  3. Giulia Furini, Izhar Burhan, Linghong Huang, Maria Pia Savoca, Adeola G Atobatele, Timothy Johnson, Elisabetta A.M Verderio. Insights on the heparan sulphate-dependent externalisation of transglutaminase-2 (TG2) in glucose-stimulated proximal-like tubular epithelial cells. Analytical Biochemistry (2020), 113628. doi: 10.1016/j.ab.2020.113628
  4. Maria Pia Savoca, Elisa Tonoli, Adeola G. Atobatele and Elisabetta A. M. Verderio Biocatalysis by Transglutaminases: A Review of Biotechnological Applications. Micromachines (2018), 9(11), 562.
  5. Izhar Burhan, Giulia Furini, Hugues Lortat-Jacob, Adeola G Atobatele, Alessandra Scarpellini, Nina Schroeder, Faith H Nutter, John Atkinson, Mabrouka Maamra, Philip Watson, Manlio Vinciguerra, Timothy S Johnson, and Elisabetta AM Verderio. Interplay between transglutaminases and heparan sulphate in progressive renal scarring. Scientific Reports (2016) 6:31343.
  6. Adeola Grace Atobatele, Giulia Furini, Izhar Burhan, Stephanie McArdle, Graham Ball and Elisabetta AM Verderio. 4th International Conference on Polyamines: Biochemical, Physiological and Clinical Perspectives” 2016. The role of alternative Transglutaminase-2 in prostate cancer.
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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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