Chinenye (aka Nenye) is a medical microbiologist working to help solve the emerging problem of antimicrobial resistance. Seeking new sources of antimicrobials and new strategies to reduce the risk of resistance evolution, she hopes to improve global health by making drugs last longer.
Before joining Newcastle University, Chinenye has completed her MSc degree in Medical Microbiology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. There, working with Professor Iruka Okeke, she helped characterize the antimicrobial activity of medicinal plants that have been used for centuries by African tribes as wound-healing agents. Currently, Chinenye is using experimental evolution as a discovery tool to help find new antimicrobial drugs and better strategies of their use to help combat drug-resistance pathogens. Her work is supported by the MRC Studentship that she won in 2021.