Anietocin: Meet The Nigerian Medical Doctor Breaking New Grounds In Antibiotics Discovery In The United States

by Duke Magazine

With the global rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria jeopardizing antibiotic effectiveness, Dr Ugochukwu Anieto, an Instructional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Science and Higher Education, has proferred a solution.

Dr Ugochukwu Anieto accomplished this by developing Anietocin, a novel antibiotic that bears his name and is used to treat drug-resistant infections.

Anietocin has been tested for growth inhibition against a variety of bacteria, both Gram-positive and Gram-negative, and is effective against all tested bacterial species.

Dr. Ugochukwu’s antibiotic, Anieto’s, has the potential to alleviate a significant health and economic burden on healthcare systems and the general population. The Doctor believes that pharmaceutical companies can maximize the effectiveness of this bacterium in treating common bacterial infections in patients.


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Dr. Ugochukwu is not finished yet. He is currently working with his team to improve the chemical extraction process for this novel antibiotic and to better understand the bacterium’s metabolomics to address large-scale manufacturing opportunities. The drug is currently being tested in the laboratory on a variety of bacterial species with consistent results.

Anieto holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Microbiology and a Master of Science in Food Microbiology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nsukka. Additionally, he holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of North Texas and a certificate in Instructional Technology from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Anieto is a food and environmental microbiologist whose research interests include food safety, antibiotic resistance, bioremediation and bioaugmentation, pharmaceutical and quality control microbiology, HACCP and GMP biofuels, and synthetic biology. Bioenergy, antimicrobial resistance, and food microbiology are among Anieto’s research interests.

Anieto previously held academic positions at South Texas College, Columbia University in New York, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Mississippi Valley State University, among others.

Anieto has volunteered at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System, Food 2 Kids Odessa, and Newcastle upon Tyne’s British Red Cross Charity Shop.

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