Justus Nweze

Justus Nweze

PhD student

Soil & Water Research Infrastructure

  • Biology Centre CAS
  • Na Sádkách 7, 370 05 České Budějovice
  • Czech Republic

Marine natural products and microbial ecology (in its broadest sense) excite me as a microbiologist. I previously worked on cloning, screening, overexpression, purification, activity, and structural elucidation of microbial gene products involved in doxorubicin antibiotic production (anticancer). Recently, I worked on profiling bacterial and fungal diversity as well as isolation, identification, extraction, structural elucidation, and bioactivity of pharmaceutically important bioactive natural products from microorganisms, particularly actinomycetes from marine sediments and mangrove soils.

My PhD study is currently focused on determining the cause and nature of interactions between nitrifiers and methanotrophs, as well as quantifying their ecological impact, particularly in ecosystems where they co-occur.

Education and Academic Positions

  • 1992 - 1998 First School Leaving Certificate. Community Primary School, Olido, Enugu Ezike, Enugu State
  • 1998 - 2004 Senior School Certificate Examination. Special Science School, Ukehe, Igbo Etiti L.G.A Enugu State
  • 2007 - 2011 Bachelor Degree (B. Sc.) (Second Class Upper Division with CGPA of 4.04) in Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • 2012 - 2013 National Youth Service Corps Certificate, Edo State, Nigeria
  • 2014 - 2016 Master’s Degree (M. Sc.) in Industrial Microbiology (with CGPA of 4.53), University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • 06/2019 - 12/2020 Visiting Scholar/Staff-student exchange programme at Guangxi University and Guangxi Academy of Sciences, Nanning, China
  • 06/2021 - present PhD Student at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

Research Interests

  • microbial ecology
  • Nitrification and methane oxidation
  • molecular microbiology
  • Microorganisms from the extreme environments and their natural products

Scientific Activities

Nweze, J.A., Mbaoji, F.N., Li, YM. et al. Potentials of marine natural products against malaria, leishmaniasis, and trypanosomiasis parasites: a review of recent articles. Infect Dis Poverty 10, 9 (2021).

Florence N. Mbaoji and Justus Amuche Nweze. Antioxidant and hepatoprotective potentials of active fractions of Lannea barteri Oliv. Heliyon (2020) 6 (6), e04099. Doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04099

Justus Amuche Nweze, Florence N. Mbaoji, Gang Huang, Yanming Li, Liyan Yang, Yunkai Zhang, Shushi Huang, Lixia Pan and Dengfeng Yang. Antibiotics development and the potentials of marine-derived compounds to stem the tide of multidrug-resistant pathogenic bacteria, fungi and protozoa. Marine Drugs (2020) (Special Issue) 18(3), 145. doi.org/10.3390/md18030145 (IF: 4.073)

Nweze Justus Amuche, Nweze Emeka Innocent, and Onoja Uwakwe Simon. Nutrition, Malnutrition and Leishmaniasis. Nutrition (2019), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2019.110712. (IF: 3.591)

Alechenu, E.C., Nweze, J.A., Lerum, N.I. and Eze, E.A. Prevalence and Antibiotic Resistance Patterns of Gram-Negative Uropathogens among Paediatric Patients in Nigeria. Open Journal of Medical Microbiology (2019), 9, 215-229. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojmm.2019.94020.

F.N. Mbaoji, A. Onwuka, I. Peter, Justus Amuche Nweze, E. Okonta, and S. Onu. Evaluation of methanol-dichloromethane extract of Stemonocoleus micranthus Harms (Fabaceae) stem bark for anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activities. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2020). Article ID 1738163. Doi:10.1155/2020/1738163.

Nweze, Justus Amuche; Okafor, I. Jesophine; Nweze, Emeka Innocent; Nweze, Julius Eyiuche. Evaluation of physico-chemical properties of Apis mellifera, Hypotrigona sp. and Melipona sp. honey samples from Nsukka, Nigeria. BMC Research Notes (2017) 10: 566. (IF: 1.340)
Nweze, Justus Amuche; Eke, Ifeanyichukwu Emmanuel; and Nweze, Emeka Innocent. HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa: Current status, challenges and prospects. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Diseases (2017), 7(4): 930-947. (IF: 0.600)

Nweze, Justus Amuche; Okafor, I. Jesophine; Nweze, Emeka Innocent; Nweze, Julius Eyiuche. Comparison of antimicrobial potential of honey samples from Apis mellifera and two stingless bees from Nsukka, Nigeria. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products (2016), 2(4): 1-7.

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