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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr. Iveren Winifred Nyinoh

Dr. Iveren Winifred Nyinoh

Lecturer (E&S) in Medical Sciences | BMBS Race Equality Resource Officer (RERO) (Devon)

 College House G.03


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Iveren Winifred Nyinoh is a Lecturer in Medical Sciences in the Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences at the Medical School. Before joining Exeter, she was a Lecturer in Biological Sciences at Benue State University Makurdi, Nigeria, and has over ten years of teaching experience. While in that role, she taught microbiology, biotechnology, genetics, and molecular biology courses, supervised internships, and led field trips. Additionally, she held various roles and served on various committees, including examination officer, faculty representative, secretary of quality assurance, development of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate projects. As part of her public health work in Nigeria, she conducted key informant interviews and focus groups on the predictors of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in North-central Nigeria.

In 2017, Winifred completed her PhD at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. Her research focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying drug synergy in mycobacteria.  During that time, she served as a volunteer student panel member for the validation and review committee, in the Directorate of Quality Enhancements and Standards. Also, she organized the 4th postgraduate research conference (2014) at Surrey with other postgraduate students. As a PhD student, she supported the following modules: Lab induction; Microbiology; Cellular & Molecular Microbiology; Cellular Microbiology & Virology; Biomedical Microbial Products & Advances in Nutrition; Molecular Biology & Genetics; Molecular Biology & Genetics, Introduction to the Microbial World. Her areas of expertise are microbiology, molecular biology, and public health.


  • Senior Fellow, Advance HE
  • Nigerian National code for Health Research Ethics, CITI Program 
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Microbiology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK 
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Microbiology, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria 
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK 
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology, Benue State University Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria 

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Research interests

The role of microbiome in health and disease especially in underserved population.

Metagenomic and Metabolic Fingerprints of Breast Milk.

Dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in natural environments.

Research projects

Microbiomes and social behavior in Wild Trinidadian guppies.

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External Engagement and Impact


  • Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellowship for Women from Developing and Emerging Economies (March 2014)
  • UK Times Cheltenham Science Festival Bursary (June 2013)
  • Mrs. Hilda Ochefu’s Prize for the Most Outstanding Female Student
  • Head of Department’s Prize for the best graduating student in Biological Sciences.
  • Chief Raymond Ihyembe’s Prize for the best graduating student in Biological Sciences.

Committee/panel activities

  • Member, Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), UK
  • Affiliate member of Microbiology Society, UK
  • Member of Network of Nigerian Women in Stem
  • Member of Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Italy

Media Coverage

BBC's Voices of Change BBC Radio Devon - Pippa Quelch, Rick Edwards sits in (21/04/2023), Voices of Change 5 - Winifred

Women’s Higher Education Network (WHEN)100 Black Women Professors NOW Program 100 BWPN: Academic Cohort (

Schlumberger Faculty for the Future fellows and alumnae forum, Abu Dhabi forum 2018

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Winifred contributes to facilitating and teaching responsibilities on the following modules:

BSc Medical Sciences, Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences and Neuroscience

  • CSC 1004     Fundamental Skills for medical scientists – Arena seminars co-lead
  • CSC 1005     Integrated Human Physiology
  • CSC 2005     Introduction to Pharmacology
  • CSC 2017     Ethical Issues in Health Research
  • CSC 3019     Translational Medical Sciences

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS)

  • Special Study Unit, BMBS, Year 1
  • LSRC: Common Viral Rashes
  • Diseases of the returning traveller

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