Chigor Nnamdigadi Vincent
University of Nigeria
Vincent Nnamdigadi Chigor holds a PhD (in Microbiology) from the University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa. First trained as a Microbiologist at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he graduated with BSc. (Hons.) in 1997, Dr Chigor obtained his MSc. (2004) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, before joining the University of Nigeria as an Assistant Lecturer in 2006. He has a keen interest in the relational style of teaching, and is involved also in mentoring and guidance. His PhD research assessed the water quality, incidence of enteric viruses and microbial risks in the Buffalo River in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Dr Chigor’s research into microbial freshwater pollution and the associated risks is continuing. He has demonstrated the survival and persistence of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli O157 in surface waters used for fresh produce irrigation. Comparative molecular analysis of environmental viral/bacterial pathogens versus clinical strains will shade light on molecular epidemiology and the dispersion of virulence/antibiotic resistance genes. Dr Chigor’s research also focuses on natural products with antimicrobial activity, especially from plants, as a solution to the enduring problem of microbial resistance to antibiotics and the growing emergence of multidrug resistant strains of pathogens.