Dr. Ifeyinwa Aniebo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics and Microbiology from Queens Mary University, London, in 2005, a Master of Science degree in Applied Biomolecular Technology from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, in 2006, a Master of Research from Oxford University, United Kingdom, in 2012, a Masters of Public Health from Oxford University in 2013, and a Doctoral degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in 2017.
After obtaining her Ph.D degree, Dr. Aniebo proceeded to Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA, for a Takemi Postdoctoral fellowship on International Health which provided her opportunities to work with several international research organisations in Africa, Europe, and Asia.
In 2020, she first joined ACEGID as a part-time Science Communication Manager and in 2022, she voluntarily resigned from her job at the Health Strategy Delivery Foundation in Nigeria to join ACEGID as a senior research fellow.
On the research front, Dr. Aniebo has published 12 papers, many of which appeared in top tier International peer-reviewed journals with very high impact factors, such as Nature (Impact factor:69.5), Nature Medicine (Impact factor:82.9), and others. She is the first author in 42% (5 of 12) of her publications. Dr. Aniebo’s publications have a total impact factor of 159.1.
Since joining ACEGID, she has continued to add value to the malaria research component of the centre, by bringing in major malaria research grants. Ifeyinwa is a recent recipient of the prestigious Calestous Juma Fellowship award for future and bright African researchers from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also just been informed of another major US NIH grant in which she is a major collaborator.
She has a track-record of winning grants and is rated as one of the intellectual amazons in the field of Genomics in Africa.
Dr. Aniebo’s elevation as Associate Research Professor is expected to ignite and inspire more commitment from her to further strengthen and double her research effort towards sustaining ACEGID’s leadership position among the global think-tank centres of excellence.