Chinenye is a medical microbiologist working to help solve the emerging global of antimicrobial resistance. Seeking for 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 University of Ibadan, Nigeria. There, working with Professor Iruka Okeke, she helped characterize antimicrobial activity of medicinal plants that have been used for century 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.