Akhere A. Omonkhua
Prof. Akhere A. Omonkhua obtained her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Benin, Nigeria, in 1998 and 2002 respectively (both with the class prize). She was awarded a PhD in Toxicology in 2010; in 2012, her PhD was nominated by the University of Benin for the NUC Doctoral Award. Prof. Omonkhua joined the University of Benin as a Senior Lecturer in 2012 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in October, 2018. She is an active researcher, with major focus on determining the efficacy and safety of local medicinal plants used to treat diabetes, malaria, and reproductive disorders; as well as elucidating the phytochemicals and mechanism(s) of action of these plants. She has several journal publications, has presented papers in a number of local and international conferences, and has acted as a resource person and guest speaker at several workshops and seminars within and outside Nigeria. Prof. Omonkhua is the principal investigator and “lead” of several grants including the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) Excell Programme (2018 and 2020) and three TETFUND National Research Fund (NRF). She is the Project Coordinator of the Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation, CERHI, University of Benin. Prof. Omonkhua is a member of several scientific societies including the Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB), American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) and The Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA), Germany. Prof. Omonkhua is the Editor, African Journal of Reproductive Health (AJRH). She has also held a number of administrative positions within and outside the University including Head, Department of Medical Biochemistry; Postgraduate Coordinator, School of Basic Medical Sciences; and associate member, Women Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC).
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