Dr. Chinwe Uzoma Chukwudi is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the Department of Vet. Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, as well as a consultant clinical pathologist (hematology) at the University of Nigeria Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbial Genetics from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She has received various national and international awards and grants in recognition of her outstanding academic performance and research work, including the Best Final year student of the faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UNN for the session 2002/2003, Commonwealth Scholarship for Ph.D. studies (2008-2012), Nigerian Young Academy’s National Young Scientist Award for Outstanding Research in Microbiology, 2017, Erasmus Mundus DREAM ACP scholarship for Academic staff Mobility, 2016 (Universidad De Leon, Spain), Commonwealth Academic Fellowship, 2017/2018 (Royal Veterinary College, London), and the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI), which is a partnership of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), National Institutes of Health, USA (NIH) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a member of various professional bodies such as the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB), American Society of Microbiology (ASM), The Microbiology Society, Nigerian Young Academy (NYA), African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD), and Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).
Dr. Chinwe Chukwudi’s research interests and skills are in the area of combating infectious diseases, especially via studies in microbial pathogenesis and genetics, molecular pathology and diagnostics, antimicrobial mechanisms of action and resistance, virulence factors, toxin/antitoxin systems, drugs/vaccine discovery, interactions, delivery, and therapeutics enhancement. Her research work focuses on the use of molecular tools and biotechnology to enhance diagnostics and therapeutics, as well as finding new uses for old drugs in neglected tropical diseases.