Dr. Chidi Ferdinand Nwanebu

B Sc., M Sc., PhD.

Chidi Ferdinand Nwanebu,  PhD

Senior Lecturer



Drug resistance or inability of pathogenic microorganisms to be susceptible to conventional antibiotics has led to the persistence of many bacterial infections over the years. Consequently, cases of emerging and re-emerging of dreadful bacterial diseases have been recorded. The antimicrobials may be antibiotics or non-pharmaceutical antimicrobials consisting of chemical or natural compounds. Tradition healers have for long, used plants to prevent or cure diseases. Scientific investigations of these plants have revealed that they possess anti-microbial qualities by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Sensitivity results conducted by various researchers, using plant extracts, have revealed strong zones of inhibition against pathogens including Escherichiacoli, Proteus sp., Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonasaeruginosa, and Klebsiellaaerogenes. Advantages of using the plant extracts lie in their easy availability and non-toxic nature that could be detrimental to the health of the consumer. Eventually, it is envisaged that the highly sought-for alternative in anti-microbial treatment, which would be effective, safe and easily available at affordable prices, would emerge from plant investigations. The Asian countries led by China have taken the bold steps successfully. Nigeria cannot afford to be left out.


Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • ♦  Ph.D  - Industrial Microbiology,2002,Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
  • ♦  M.Sc  - Food Microbiology, 1994, University of Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria.
  • ♦  B.Sc  - Microbiology, 1974, University of Ife, Oyo State, Nigeria
  • ♦  Diploma Medical Bacteriology, 1981, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Night of St. Christopher (KSC)

Membership of Professional bodies

  • ♦  Member, Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), 2005
  • ♦  Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM), 2003
  • ♦  Member, Nigerian Environmental Society, 1990
  • ♦  Member, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, 1981
  • ♦  Member, Post Graduate School Board Committee, 2009
  • ♦  Member, School of Science Post Graduate Committee, 2009
  • ♦  School of Sience Representative in Committee of Intellectual Products Exhibition, 2010.
  • Ojiako OA, Obi RK, Nwanebu FC (2007). Pharmacologic evaluation of the activities of four traditional herbs on Onchocerca volvulus and Hookworms. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences 3(2):146-152

  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi UU, Orji NM (2009). Antibacterial qualities and phytochemical screening of the oils of Curcubitapepo and Brassica nigra. J. Med Plant. Res.3(5): 429-432

  • Obi RK, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi UU, Orji NM (2010). Premunition in Plasmodium falciparum malaria. African Journal of Biotechnology, 9(10): 1397- 1401

  • Obi RK, Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Orji NM, Ndubuisi UU (2010).Human Adaptation to Parasitism. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci.,1(2): 262-270

  • Obi RK, Orji NM, Nwanebu FC, Okangba CC, Ndubuisi UU (2010). Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases: the Perpetual menace. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci.,1(2): 271-282

  • Obi RK, Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Oparaocha ET, Orji NM, Ndubuisi UU (2010). Concurrent Parasitosis in an Onchocerciasis Endemic Community. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci.,1(2): 283-287

  • Obi RK, Okangba CC, Nwanebu, FC, Ndubuisi UU, Mgbemene IC, Braide W(2010). Relationship between HIV/AIDS andpoverty: A case study of two cities in AbiaState, Nigeria. Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences2(6): 356-360.

  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Okangba CC, Braide W, Orji NM,Ukegbu AD, Ukegbu PO (2011). Endemicity of Lymphatic Filariasis in three Local Government Areas in Imo State, Nigeria. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 5(5): 875-879

  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Chikwendu CI, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Okangba CC, Orji NM(2011). Concurrent Parasitosis in the Liver of Seropositive HIV Patients. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences5(5): 599-609

  • Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ojuromi T(2011). Diagnosisof intestinal cryptosporidiosis in Africa: Prospects and Challenges. Journal of Applied Biosciences, 40: 2599-2667

  • Nwanebu FC, Ogbulie JN, Obi RK, Ojiako AO (2011).Chemical and silt-inducedeutrophication syndrome at OtamiriRiver, Owerri, Nigeria. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology3(8): 358-361

  • Nwanebu FC, Obi RK, Chikwendu CI, Okangba CC (2011). Implications of Parasitosis as a health-care index among indigenes of Umueze II Community,Ehime Mbano. International Journal of Environmental Health and Health Development; 12(2): 20-24

  • Nwanebu FC, Obi RK, Ogbulie C, Nwachukwu IN, Chukwu FN (2011). Antimicrobial activity of leaf and root extracts of Vernoniaamygdalina(Bitter leaf) on some bacterial isolates. International Journal of Health and Human Develpoment.12(1): 51-59

  • Nwanebu FC, Ojiako OA, Obi RK, Chikwendu CI, Igwilo CR (2011). Microbialsuccession in meat spoilage; International Journal of Environmental Health& Human Development12 (1): 31-37

  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Onuoha LN, Chiegboka N (2011). Ethanolic extraction and phytochemical screening of two Nigerian herbs on pathogens isolated from wound infections. PharmacieGlobale (IJCP), 2(10): 1-5746

  • Obi RK and Nwanebu FC (2010). Prions and Prion Diseases. In Microbiology, 1stedition, Adegboro, B (ed). Ibadan University Press, Publishing House, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (41): 455-470.

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