Chime Chikwendu Ifeyinwa
Microorganisms are ubiquitous and as old as time itself. As well as being detrimental to human health and sometimes the environment particularly in the area of industrial and food spoilage, they can be harnessed for our benefit and can even serve as food. To enable and equip themselves to survive in the sometimes harsh environments they find themselves, as well as escape destruction by man, they produce certain substances and chemicals including antibiotics and siderophores. They also produce substances that make them antagonistic to other microbes. These are called bacteriocins. Incidentally, man in his desire to harness the benefits of these substances, being antimicrobial in nature, have inadvertently abused usage leading to resistance by the same microbes they are meant to destroy. This has led to failures in medical therapy as well emerging and reemerging resistant organisms. One way to beat this trend is by adequate knowledge of mechanisms of resistance and incidence in environments that we may consider remote from health care settings. Dr. Chikwendu’s interest is the study of these mechanisms by which bacteria express resistance to these antibiotics to escape destruction, possibility of transfer of genetic information between distant species, conditions that could affect bacterial survival in the environment they find themselves, reservoirs of resistance genes. Knowledge of these will further equip us as we continue this age long battle with bacterial species and may be able to finally contain their destructive tendencies.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
- ♦ PhD., 2012, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
- ♦ M.Sc., 2005, Microbiology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria.
- ♦ MBA, 1997, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
- ♦ B.Sc., 1989, Microbiology, University of Benin, Nigeria
Membership of Professional bodies
- ♦ Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), 2009 – Date.
- ♦ Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM), 2006 – Date.
- ♦ Society for Applied microbiology (SFAM), 2006 – Date.
- ♦ Organization of Women Scientists in the Developing World (OWSDW), 2006 – Date.
- ♦ Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), 2006 – Date.
- ♦ American Society for Microbiology (ASM), 2004 – Date.
- ♦ Chikwendu, C. I., S. N. Ibe and G. C. Okpokwasili. (2011). Detection of blaSHV and blaTEM Beta-lactamase Genes in Multi-resistant Pseudomonas Isolates from Environmental Sources. African Journal of Microbiology Research 5(15): 2067-2074.
- ♦ F. Obi, R. K., Nwanebu, F. C., Chikwendu, C. I. Ndubuisi-Nnaji, U. U., Okangba, C. C., Orji, N. M. (2011). Concurrent Parasitosis in the Liver of Seropositive Hiv Patients Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences. 5(5): 599-609.
- ♦ F. C. Nwanebu, O. A. Ojiako, R. K Obi, C. I. Chikwendu and C. R. Igwiro. (2011). Microbial Succession in Meat Spoilage. International Journal for Environmental Health and Human Development. 12(1): 33-38.
- ♦ Chikwendu, C. I., Amadi, E. S. and Obi, R. K. (2010).Prevalence and Antimicrobial Resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae Isolated from Non-Clinical Urine Samples. New York Science Journal 3(1): 194-200.
- ♦ Chikwendu, C.I. (2010). Vancomycin and Methicillin Resistance in Staphylococcus aureus isolated from Animal Wastes and Aquatic Samples. A paper presented at the 18th Annual Conference/Workshop of the Foundation for African Development through International Biotechnology (FADIB), held in Enugu, 23rd – 26th November 2010. 18:127-131.
- ♦ Ogueke, C. C., Chikwendu, C. I., Iwouno, J. O and Ogbulie, J. N. (2010). Effects of Crude Ethanol Extract of Nauclea latifolia on some Clinical Isolates of Food Importance and its Toxicological Potentials. New York Science Journal. 3 (9): 97-105.
- ♦ Chikwendu, C. I., Anyanwu, B. N. and Nwabueze, R. N. (2008). Antibiotic resistance profile of Escherichia coli from clinically healthy pigs and their commercial farm environments. African Journal of Microbiology Research 2: 012 – 017.