Lecturer II, Microbiology Department

Mr Nkemakolam A. Nwogu

Mr Nkemakolam Akajiaku Nwogu

Lecturer II



Nkemakolam Akajiaku Nwogu had his secondary education at Holy Ghost College, Owerri (1997). He obtained his B.Sc. (Microbiology) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His M.Sc. (Environmental and Public Health Microbiology) was awarded by University of Benin (2010) where he is currently a PhD student. N.A. Nwogu worked at Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), Lagos for eight years before joining the Federal University of Technology, Owerri as an Assistant Lecturer in Department of Microbiology.

His areas of specialization and research interest centres on environmental, petroleum and public health microbiology with emphasis on pollution control, biodegradation and bioremediation studies. Previous research was on biodegradation of environmental pollutants especially plastics using indigenous white-rot fungi. His current research work focuses on the effects of herbicides on soil microbial communities with the application of molecular methods. His research also evaluates ecotoxicity of xenobiotics on soil microbial populations using biological sentinels such as earthworm, Nitrobacter and Nitrosomonas. Mathematical models are developed and employed in the prediction of their toxicities.

Academic Qualification

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) Environmental and Public Health Microbiology. University of   Benin, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Microbiology (Second Class Hons, Upper Division) University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 2005.


  • Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM)
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Member, Nigerian Environmental Society (NES)
  • Member, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN)



Courses assigned to teach:

  • Microbial Physiology and Metabolism
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Introductory Virology
  • Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Bioremediation and Biodegradation
  • Industrial and Microbiology
  • Mycology


  • Previous Employer: Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), Lagos.
    • Position held: Senior Research Officer  


  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri

Research Interest

My research interests include studies in Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Microbial Ecology, Ecotoxicity, Bioenergy, Biodegradation and Bioremediation of pollutants.


  1. **Olaji, E.D., Nwogu, N.A., Yakubu, A.F., and Olaji, C.O. (2014). Assessment of total hydrocarbon concentration in four fish species of Degele community, Nigeria and their dietary intake in the populace. Advances in Research, Vol. 2(2): 109-118.
  2. **Atuanya, E.I. and Nwogu, N.A. (2013). Evaluation of bacteriological and mercury level in cod (Gadus morhua) and saithe (Pollachius virens) stockfish sold in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. International Journal of Advanced Research, Vol. 1(8): 211-214.
  3. *Nwogu, N.A, Atuanya, E.I. and Akpaja, E.O. (2012). The capability of selected mushrooms to biodegrade polyethene. Mycosphere, Vol.  3(4): 455 – 462.
  4. **Atuanya, E.I., Aborisade, W.T. and Nwogu, N.A. (2012). Impact of plastic enriched composting on soil structure, fertility and growth of maize plants. European Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 4 (3): 105-109.
  5. **Atuanya, E.I., Nwogu, N.A. and Akpor, E.A. (2012). Effluent qualities of government and private abattoirs and their effects on Ikpoba River, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Advances in Biological Research, Vol. 6 (5): 196-201.
  6. *Nwogu, N.A. and Olaji, E.D. (2012). The effects and interaction of vitamin A and Zinc food supplements on the humoral immune response of broilers to V4-UPM (NDV) vaccination. Research Journal of Poultry Sciences, Vol. 5(2): 24 – 26.
  7. **Akpaja, E.O., Nwogu, N.A. and Odibo, E.A. (2012). Effect of some heavy metals on the growth and development of Pleurotus tuber-regiumMycosphere, Vol.  3(1): 57-60
  8. *Nwogu, N.A., Olaji, E.D. and Eghomwanre, A.F. (2011). Application of probiotics in Nigeria aquaculture: current status, challenges and prospects. International Research Journal of Microbiology, Vol. 2 (7): 215 – 219.
  9. **Atuanya, E.I., Edefetah, M.A., and Nwogu, N.A. (2011). Microbiological qualities and some heavy metals (mercury and cadmium) levels of fresh and dry fish species sold in             Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Bulletin of Environment, Pharmacology & Life Sciences, Vol.           1: 10- 14.
  10. **Atuanya, E.I., Nwogu, N.A. and Akpaja, E.O. (2011). Biodegradation of polyethene film by the white-rot fungus, Pleurotus tuberregium. Nigerian Journal of Applied Science, Vol. 29: 19 – 25.
  11. *Ajiboye, O.O., Yakubu, A.F., Adams, T.E., Olaji, E.D and Nwogu, N.A. (2011). A review of the use of copepods in marine fish larviculture. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, Vol. 21 (2): 225 – 546.