Dr. Akunne (formerly Okoye) Theophine C..

Department: Pharmacology And Toxicology
Faculty: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Designation : Senior Lecturer
Email: theophine.okoye@unn.edu.ng
Phone: +234 8036684506

Biography :

Dr Theophine C. Akunne is a Lecturer and Researcher. He has obtained the following degrees; Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm), Master’s degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a Doctoral degree in Natural Products Pharmacology, with interest in medicinal plants with neuropharmacological, anticancer and antidiabetic effects. In his PhD thesis, he isolated and characterized a diterpenoid, kaurenoic acid, as the anticonvulsant constituent in the root bark extract of Annona senegalensis (Annonaceae) which also exhibited anticancer effects. Currently his research interest is in the activities and mechanisms of natural phytoconstituents with anticonvulsant, anticancer and antidiabetic properties. Research publications, authored and co-authored by him, have been published in both local and international peer-reviewed impact factored journals. He is an IBRO alumnus (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa). He is happily married to his sweet queen, Maureen, a marriage that has been blessed by five young angels. Hobby include; travelling, football, reading Christian books and journals. 

Positions Held:

1. Head, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria; 2013-2015.

2 Member National Expert Committee on Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) under the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Ministry of Health, Nigeria in collaboration with WHO; 2012-Date.

3 Faculty Examination Officer, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; 2012-2014.

4. National Secretary, Nigerian Association of Pharmacists’ in Academia (NAPA), 2008-2010.


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