Chidinma Okolo

Chidinma graduated with a First class Honours (cGPA of 4.75/5.0) from Zoology Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2011.

She was the best graduating student in the Department of Zoology and Faculty of Biological Sciences, as well as the 3rd best overall in the University. She joined the same University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2013, where she completed her Master’s degree in Zoology & Environmental Biology (Physiology as Specialisation) in February 2015 with a CGPA of 5.0/5.0.

Armed with a full Doctoral Scholarship (~NZ$ 130,000 over 3 years) covering tuition and upkeep from University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in April 2015, she left for New Zealand in September 2015 for her PhD studies in Physiology and graduated in absentia while in the UK in December 2019.

Currently, she works as a Senior Support Scientist for Diamond Light Source Ltd, UK’s National Synchrotron facility, where she does mind-blowing research with an amazing world-class team. Her research interests revolve around Physiology, Innate Immunity, Vaccine Development and Biophysical Characterisation, Antibody Characterisation, BioNanoparticles and Nanoparticles Characterisation, Pathogen Internalization and Clearance Mechanisms, Methods Development and Super-resolution Microscopy. She is part of a team in Diamond that uses soft X-ray microscopy (tomography) and fluorescence microscopy to correlatively study Biological matter in their near-native state.