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Tinubu celebrates as Nigerian-born Uchegbu becomes president of Cambridge University

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has congratulated Nigerian-born professor of pharmaceutical nanosciences and top researcher Ijeoma Uchegbu on her election as president of Wolfson College, one of the 31 colleges of the University of Cambridge.

Prof. Uchegbu was appointed on Sunday as the seventh president of Wolfson College, one of the 31 colleges of the University of Cambridge.

This was announced on the university's website in a statement titled “Wolfson elects Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu as the 7th President of the University.”

Uchegbu is known for her pioneering work in nanoparticle drug delivery and will succeed the current President, Professor Jane Clarke, on October 1, 2024.

The statement read: “We are pleased to announce that Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, a pioneering nanoscientist, has been elected as Wolfson's seventh president.

“Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, professor of pharmaceutical nanosciences known for her pioneering work in nanoparticle drug delivery, will become Wolfson's seventh president. She will succeed the current President, Professor Jane Clarke, on October 1, 2024.

“Professor Uchegbu is currently Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at University College London. Her groundbreaking work on the mechanisms of drug transport has led to the development of new treatments that promise to transform pain relief, including the pain drug candidate enkephalin (EnveltaÔ), designed to address the opioid crisis.

“Her work has earned her numerous awards, fellowships and honors, and she holds positions on several academic councils and councils, including the Wellcome Trust, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and is an honorary member 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, driving the organisation's race equality agenda directed.

Meanwhile, President Tinubu, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, congratulated Professor Uchegbu on her outstanding performance and commended her for being an excellent ambassador for the country and for her relentless efforts to push the boundaries of pharmaceutical to advance science. .

The President commended Professor Uchegbu for exemplifying the ingenuity, brilliance and hard work that has long been associated with the great Nigerian people at home and abroad.

While wishing the Nigerian-born professor success in this important role, President Tinubu assured Nigerians in the Diaspora that his government remains committed to building a robust interface mechanism that pools ideas, promotes investment opportunities and strengthens ties, in line with his “4D Foreign Policy.”

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