UNIZIK lecturer wins UNESCO prize

Dr. Rebeca Chukwuanukwu
Dr. Rebeca Chukwuanukwu

A medical laboratory science lecturer in Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Dr. Rebecca Chinyelu Chukwuanukwu has emerged the first prize-winner of this year’s UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit (UNESCO-MARS) held in Geneva, Switzerland recently.

Chukwuanukwu, whose area of specialization is Immunology, beat 99 other scientists/researchers across Africa who attended the summit. The annual summit aims to bring together young top researchers across the continent to discuss the generation, sharing and dissemination of research data and to draw a roadmap for Africa’s development as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation.

This year’s summit focused on building research capacity in health and life sciences with special attention on Ebola and emergent infectious diseases. Chukwuanukwu’s work was on: Modulation of the Immune Response to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis during HIV/Malaria Co-infection. The first prize comes with a prestigious six months fellowship in Merck research and development hub. (The Sun & Chssag.blogspot.com.ng)

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