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Dr.Anthony Okoh Associate Professor Academic RankAssociate Professor

Specialization:

  • Environmental Microbiology

Research Interests:

  • Research Interests Applied and Environmental Microbiology with emphasis on water/wastewater quality and genomics; emerging pathogens and chemical toxicants in the aquatic environment; biodegradation of pollutants; reservoirs of antibiotic resistance; and bioactive compounds of health and biotechnological importance

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• Assistant Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1993. • Lecturer II, Department of Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1996. • Lecturer I, Department of Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1998. • Senior Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 2001. • Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa, 2006. • Full Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa, 2008. • Head of Department, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa, 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2015. • Director, SAMRC Microbial Water Quality Monitoring Center, University of Fort Hare, Alice, 1 April 2015. • Deputy Dean (Research and Internationalization), Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa (1 August 2016 to 30 April 2020). • Acting dean, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa (14 months cumulative between 2016 and 2020).. • Niche Area Leader: Water Resources for Sustainable Development Research Niche Area, University of Fort Hare, Alice, 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2018. • Associate Professor, University of Sharjah, UAE, 2020.
Teaching, Research and Community Service
• Member, South Africa Society for Microbiology. • Member, Board of Trustee of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria. • Fellow of the Water Institute of Southern Africa. • Member of Academy of Science of South Africa. • Fellow, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria. • Life membership, Nigerian Society for Microbiology • Fellow, African Academy of Sciences.
Selected Research Projects About 30 (Details on request)
Over 400 journal articles (Details on request)
51 PhD and 68 MSc (Details on request)
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• Winner, University of Fort Hare Vice-Chancellor Emerging Researcher Medal 2008. • Winner, University of Fort Hare Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Researcher Medal 2011. • Achievers award conferred by the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria 2016. • Fellow of the Water Institute of Southern Africa. • Member of Academy of Science of South Africa. • Fellow of the prestigious African Academy of Sciences. • Fellow of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria. • Life membership, Nigerian Society for Microbiology.
• Member, Board of Trustee of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria. • President, South Africa Society for Microbiology (SASM) (2011 to 2013). • Member of the South Africa National Committee on International Union of Microbiological Societies. • Panel member, review of academic programmes at the University of KwaZulu Natal School of Life Sciences. • Grants review panel member for NRF, WRC, MRC and SAMRC all in South Africa. • Panel member of the South Africa National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) discussion forum on Water Management and Skills. • Member of the South Africa delegation to Oman on the Oman-South Africa bilateral cooperation Workshop on Water & Agri-biotechnology.
Teaching Philosophy My philosophy rests on fostering self-instruction, formulating questions rather than answers, and establishing high expectations amongst my students through establishment of very strong rapport with them. In many cases, students tend to follow the subject better when related to everyday occurrences such as reference to relevant current events and popular news articles, such as headlines regarding a new vaccine and other breakthroughs of microbiology, environmental pollution situations and their attendant negative consequences, as well as field trips to appropriate sites of relevance to the subject. To me, it is important to develop self-esteem and confidence in my students by ensuring that they are properly directed to proceed as such by provision of the necessary materials and guidance. I believe that one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is the opportunity to learn from the students. I hope that by my contact with sharp, young minds, my own mind and those I teach will be kept forever young.
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