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Earlier this week the UFH received notification that its top researcher and leading academic, Professor Anthony Okoh from the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, has been  “elected as a Fellow by the Royal Society of Biology’s Council” effective 1 April 2021.

Prof Okoh is also a Director of the university’s SAMRC Microbial Water Quality Monitoring Centre. His membership will help to support the society in its charitable goals, including input into education and science policy and widening the reach of the life sciences.

“You are now entitled to use the designatory letters FRSB after your name. These letters signify to all that you are a professional biologist, well qualified and subject to a rigorous code of conduct”, read the appointment letter penned by Mark Leach Associate Director of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), a UK-based organization. 

The RSB’s responsibilities include providing opportunities to help facilitate the exchange of ideas, inspire interest in bioscience and natural world, provide a unified voice to influence policy and affect positive change. In its latest strategic plan, the RSB has set out how it will help to ensure a good supply of highly skilled biologists across the sector, support biologists’ careers, increase public engagement with biology and inspire future generations to study life sciences.

Prof Renuka Vithal, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs congratulated Prof Okoh on his appointment.  “Well done on this recognition! It is indeed wonderful news for UFH to have academics as members of such prestigious societies”.

In his response, Okoh acknowledged the role played by his faculty and broader university. “Thanks to the university for supporting our works without which this milestone wound not have been achieved”.

Prof Anthony Okoh holds a PhD in Microbiology as well as a number of certificates and diplomas in related fields.  He has attracted a number of research grants, published several papers and produced a number of PhD graduates.