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Christopher Okonkwo

Assistant Teaching Professor, Biotechnology

Dr. Christopher Okonkwo is an assistant teaching professor of Biotechnology at the Roux Institute at Northeastern University. Dr. Okonkwo received his B.S and M.S in Biochemistry at the University of Nigeria and his Ph.D. in Animal Sciences with specialty in Biotechnology and Metabolic Engineering at Ohio State University.  

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Dr. Okonkwo was a research associate at Ohio State University. His research focused on the application of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, environmental biology, bioprocess design, and bioinformatics tools to enhance the production of biofuels and bio-derived chemicals from agricultural wastes/residues. Dr. Okonkwo has successfully developed microbial strains with improved phenotypes. As a teacher, Dr. Okonkwo is passionate about integrating interdisciplinary and problem-based learning in his classes.