Dr. Ofodile, Lauretta Nwanneka holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Lagos in 2006. Her Ph.D. research was carried out at the Biological Interaction Laboratory, Kew Botanic Garden, United Kingdom where she was also trained in techniques in Natural Product Chemistry. She specializes in plant mycology, pathology and mushroom biotechnology. She also obtained a certificate in Mushroom Cultivation Technology from Integrated Farm Institute, Songhai, Benin Republic in 2011. Her research focus is on mushroom cultivation, medicinal plants, therapeutics and mycoremediation. She has over 30 scholarly articles in local and international journals to her credit. She is presently a Chief Lecturer in the department of Biological Sciences. She was Head, Department of Biological Sciences between 2009 and 2012.
Dr. Ofodile is a recipient of some awards and research grants. These include: World Bank Innovators of Tomorrow grants (for 4 students projects), Innovate Lagos Research Grant 2014 by the Lagos State Government, Netherlands Fellowship (NUFIC) on Climate Change mitigation and control 2012; MASHAV (State of Israel) Fellowship on integrated pest management and control 2003, and Tertiary Educational Trust Fund Research Grants (TETFUND). She is a member of several professional bodies including the International Network of Women Engineers Scientists (INWES) and Botanical Society of Nigeria. Dr. Ofodile is also a mushroom farmer and has mentored many young people and retirees in the academia on skills acquisition.