AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & FOUNDER OF MicrobiologyClass.com
Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of www.MicrobiologyClass.com, a global online microbiology website for microbiology notes, news and teaching resources. MicrobiologyClass.com is Africa’s largest and number 1 microbiology website for academic and research resources for students, researchers and tutors in microbiology. Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu is a specialist in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Virology and Bacteriology. He was selected for Affiliateship in the 6th Cohort of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) for 5 years [2021-2025], and for membership in the Global Young Academy (GYA), Germany, for a period of 5 years (June 2020 – May 2025) beginning June 2020. Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu is also a member of the Global Health (GH) Working Group and Science Education for Youth (SEY) Working Group of the GYA.
After receiving his PhD in Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Biotechnology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria (2017), Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan – where he had postdoctoral training on virology and carried out research on HIV-1 as a MIF Research Fellow. During his first postdoctoral research in Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan (2018), he carried out projects that explored HIV-1 reservoir and cure in lymph node cells and CD4+ cells of macaques – as panacea to elucidating how latent HIV-1 can be purged from their reservoir sites in infected hosts using several antiviral compounds. The postdoctoral fellowship research on HIV-1 was funded by the Matsumae International Foundation (MIF), Tokyo, Japan (2018). Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu also worked as a DAAD postdoctoral fellow at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, BAM), Berlin, Germany where he researched on biocide resistance and microbially influenced corrosion (MIC). His work at the BAM Institute in Berlin, Germany was majorly targeted at testing the in vitro effects of combinations of selected antibiotics and biocides on transposon mutant strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. He received the DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2021) to BAM institute in Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu is a Pharmaceutical Microbiologist and holds a Degree in Applied Microbiology from Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria (2008) and a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Biotechnology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria (2012). He is an international scholar and researcher that have researched ad nauseam on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and infectious diseases. Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu has won several academic awards and grants across the globe due to his commitment to research and service to humanity. His work on AMR is helping to strengthen the knowledge and evidence base of AMR in Nigeria and Africa through research and surveillance on priority resistance pathogens (e.g., E. coli, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus) – with the overarching goal being to reduce the incidence and disease burden of AMR as well as ensure the optimization of the use of antimicrobial agents in human and animal health in Nigeria and Africa.
Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu is a tutor with Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria. He joined the Department of Applied Microbiology in the fall of 2014, where he enjoys working closely with undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them develop their own passions for microbiology, research, teaching and other aspects of life. His areas of research interests include AMR, infectious diseases, functional metagenomic approaches, novel drug discovery, HIV-1, bacteriology, virology.
Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu has authored and co-authored over 100 original research papers in international peer reviewed open-access journals in the area of AMR research across the globe. He developed www.Microbiologyclass.com to help microbiology enthusiasts, students, teachers and other microbiology lovers across the globe to have free online access to microbiology notes, health news, microbiology topics, and other academic resources and materials for self discovery and professional development in the field of microbiology. He is driven by creativity and professionalism to contribute to the corpus of knowledge and help push the frontiers of knowledge in the field of microbiology in Nigeria, Africa and across the globe.
Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu is a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), Nigerian Society of Microbiology (NSM), American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), Asian Council of Science Editors (ACSE), and an Associate Member of Microbiology Society, Scotland, UK. He is an Affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), and a fellow of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) in Pretoria, South Africa. He is also a reviewer and editorial board member for various international peer reviewed journals including Gene Reports, Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis, Nigerian Journal of Microbiology. Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu is the Pioneer Assistant Editor-in-Chief I of the EBSU Science Journal, an institutional journal of the Faculty of Science, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.
Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu is a passionate Development Knowledge Facilitator (DKF), Writer, Trainer, Speaker, Teacher, Drummer, Blogger, Web Developer, Husband and Father. He believes that education is for empowerment and emancipation of the mind from mental slavery and imprisonment, and not merely for employment. To this end, Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu wrote a book titled: “Street Smart Book Smart” published on Amazon.com to help young people everywhere balance the attitude and skills of the classroom and that of the society in order to become a valuable personality in the real world after leaving school.
Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu have been active in programmes through which he impart the knowledge and skills in the field of microbiology he has accumulated over the years from both national and international institutions, on both students and researchers in Nigeria, Africa and across the globe. He is an active member of the “Antibiotic Resistance Research Group” of Ebonyi State University, Abakiliki, Nigeria. He is currently a member of the “Schistosomiasis Research Group” led by Dr. Egie Enabulele (Laboratory of Parasitology Research, Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, UNIBEN) and Dr. Timothy Anderson (Chair, Department of Genetics, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, USA) – where they are currently investigating Schistosoma species for population genomics of Schistosoma haematobium in Nigeria.
Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu has written and contributed to several book chapters including “Lichen Secondary Metabolites as Possible Antiviral Agents”. He has a flare for teaching, research, community development and student/youth empowerment, which was why he founded and developed www.Microbiologyclass.com, an online microbiology website that is helping microbiology students and enthusiasts in Nigeria, Africa and from across the world. Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu has researched extensively on investigating the environmental occurrence and phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of priority multidrug resistant Gram negative bacteria, generating data, with potentials to inform policies and programmes aimed at forestalling the spread of drug-resistant pathogens in Nigeria and the sub-Saharan African region.
Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu’s online portfolio and some of his publications can be accessed from the following links:
- ORCID: https://bit.ly/2PcAsTe
- Google Scholar ID: https://bit.ly/30kBHRp
- ResearchGate ID: https://bit.ly/2MqsK5F
- LiveDNA ID: https://bit.ly/2MpQUx6
- Linkedin: https://bit.ly/2YYMnpb
Dr. Chika Ejikeugwu has received the following Awards / Grants:
- 2021 Young Investigator Award (YIA) on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Institute Mérieux, France.
- 2021 DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Berlin, Germany.
- 2021 AAS Affiliate Membership Award from the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Kenya.
- 2021 Speakers Fund Scholarship from Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development) to attend Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021).
- 2021 Scholarship Award from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to Attend Keystone Symposia eSymposia meeting HIV Vaccines | EK42.
- 2020 DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Berlin, Germany [Declined due to COVID-19].
- 2020 National Researchers Prize in Microbiology in Nigeria.
- 2020 Elected Fellow of the Africa Science Leadership Programme [ASLP], Pretoria, South Africa.
- 2020 Elected Member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), Germany.
- 2019 Travel Grant, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), USA.
- 2019 Travel Grant, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Scotland, UK.
- 2019 Travel Grant, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, British Columbia, Canada.
- 2018 Matsumae International Foundation (MIF) Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Kyoto, Japan.
- 2018 TETFund Research Grant-Seed Award, Nigeria.
- 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Award of Excellence, Nigeria.
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