Nigerian-born Female Professor named Cambridge University President

A Nigerian-born Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience, Ijeoma Uchegbu has been appointed as the 7th President of Wolfson College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

Uchegbu, a Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience, is renowned for her ground-breaking work in nanoparticle drug delivery.

According to the institution, she is set to take up the post on October 1, 2024, succeeding the current President, Professor Jane Clarke.

Professor Uchegbu, who is currently a Professor in Pharmaceutical Neuroscience at University College London, originates from South East Nigeria and Hackney.

“Her pioneering work on the mechanisms of drug transport have led to the development of new treatments which promise to transform pain relief, including the enkephalin pain medicine candidate (EnveltaÔ), designed to address the opioid crisis,” the institution said in a statement.

It added that Prof Uchegbu’s work has won her numerous awards, fellowships and accolades, and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

“She has also played a leading role during her time at UCL as Pro Vice Provost for Africa and the Middle East, in forging new research partnerships in those regions and as UCL’s Provost’s Envoy for Race Equality, steering the organisation’s race equality agenda.”

In her remarks, Professor Uchegbu said, “I am so thrilled to be joining Wolfson College, an ambitious and forward-thinking College. It will be an honour to lead such a lively, diverse and engaged student community in an environment where people are stimulated culturally, socially and intellectually.

“I look forward to working with the Governing Body, staff and students to help realise their ambitions and potential.”


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