Pharm. (Dr) Omeje Edwin Ogechukwu was employed in October 2005 and rose to his current rank of Senior Lecturer on October 01, 2012 in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry of the University of Nigeria. He obtained the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) with Distinction in Medicinal Chemistry in 1998; Masters of Pharmacy (M.Pharm; Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry) in 2003; Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D; Medicinal Chemistry) in 2010 with thrust in Natural Product Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Analysis.
Dr. Omeje was a CV-Ramman Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2012 at the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, India. Furthermore, he was a TWAS-DFG Visiting Scholar Fellow at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology, Heinerich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany in 2015.
Based on his research interests (drug lead discovery and development; Pharmaceutical Analysis and Biotechnology), he has got efficient research skills in Natural Product Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry (Isolation, characterization and bioassay of biologically active compounds of plants and animal origins, ethnopharmacological studies involving the testing of crude or partially purified fractions of plant or animal materials); excellent skills in Chromatography including sephadex columns, LC-MS, Semi-Prep HPLC, Instrumentation skills in HPLC, Mass Spec, NMR, spectral software (Chemdraw, topspin, Mestrenonova) etc; Pharmaceutical analysis (quality control and assurance) of pharmaceutical substances and preparations, food substances etc.; Molecular biology techniques (cell culture based assays/High throughput System (HTS), protein filing, electrophoresis, RNA isolation, cDNA synthesis/ Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction, cytotoxicity/proliferation studies, mechanistic studies of diseases of man, evaluation of potential drug candidate from conception to market etc
In terms of collaboration, he has worked intensively with Professor Akira Kawamura of CUNNY, USA, Professor Dr. Peter Proksch of Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology, Heinerich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany; Dr Naibedya Chattopadhyay of CDRI, Professor Mark Hamman of the University of Mississippi amongst numerous others. Currently, he has over fifty (50) published articles in highly rated Journals to his credit. In addition, he has many academic awards to his credit amongst which: The Vice-Chancellor First Prize for postgraduate studies and the Step-B Innovators of Tomorrow (IOT) Award. Pharm. (Dr.) Omeje is a committed Christian/Evangelist and happily married with children.