We’re delighted to introduce Dr. Chinwe Chukwudi, Senior Lecturer of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka. Chinwe is currently a visiting fellow of the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) at the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland (USA).
Where did you start your research journey?
My research journey started at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London where I obtained my PhD in Molecular biology and Microbial genetics, and subsequently did my first postdoc, both sponsored by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK.
While growing up in a semi-urban community in South East Nigeria, I had a first-hand experience of the impact of infectious disease burden in Africa. Knowing that the sufferings caused could be alleviated with dedicated research into these diseases spurred my interest in researching on therapeutics/interventions for infectious diseases.
What is your favorite place to work?
A scientific laboratory and/or classroom, anywhere in the world!
How long have you been using Mendeley?
11 years (since 2011)
What were you using prior to Mendeley?
Why did you decide to become an Advisor?
To help others unlock the immense benefits of using Mendeley for reference management.
What is the most important thing about Mendeley that you think people should know?
It’s free and easy to use.
Is there a researcher you admire (dead or alive) that you would like to work with or meet, and why?
Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, USA who discovered the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors that have revolutionized genome editing.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?
I was at a drug repurposing conference this week, and realized how much the little we do as scientists could impact the lives of people/populations we may never know, and how much some of these people are helplessly waiting for us (scientists) to ‘discover’ a cure for their ailment.
What is the best part about working in research?
You get to explore your imagiNATION and make impact in the lives of people doing that.
And the most challenging part about working in research?
Having no defined work time….you have to work in and out of ‘normal’ working time, including through the nights, weekends and public holidays!
Do you have any advice for young researchers?
Research is a commitment to serve humanity, and that should be the driving force and yardstick for the measurement of success for young researchers.