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Linda Anagu

preparing for a symposium, I am making my power point slides for presentation

Favourite Thing: I like to figure out the cause and effect of something, and therefore I enjoy a lot of laboratory experimentation where I introduce a chemical or ingredient or substance and wait for the outcome.

My CV

Education:

Keele University, Staffordshire, UK from 2015 till date; University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 2008-2011.

Qualifications:

B. Pharm. (Hons.), M. Pharm,

Work History:

Academic Pharmacist (Lecturer II) at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria; National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Pharmacist at National Defence College Clinic Nigeria, Central Business District Area, Abuja Nigeria; Pupil (Intern) Pharmacist at University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria; Locumm Pharmacist at Qualihealth Pharmacy, Utako, Abuja-Nigeria

Current Job:

PhD Student at Keele University, Staffordshire, UK and I am still employed at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.

Employer:

Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria

About Me

A friendly professional scientist and mother of two kids.

I live with my supportive husband and two kids; a boy and a girl. I go to school/work as a PhD student every morning whilst my husband takes care of the kids and works about 3 nights a week. We can both cook so whoever is free and available does the cooking. Some of the meals my husband has made in the past are actually tastier than mine. We enjoy watching films during the weekends and even watch cartoons with the kids. On Sunday we go to church and the kids go to Sunday School where they paint and sing about Jesus.

My Work

I am currently a PhD student in Keele University where I study culturing the malaria parasite and finding out how high temperature and, too much lactate affect the parasite’s ability to cause severe malaria.

Malaria parasites that cause malaria in children and some adults make the children’s red blood cells have sticky bumps on them that stick to vessels like Velcro does. In children with severe malaria certain conditions in their body (like high temperature and increased blood lactate)  will make the red blood cells stick together. This will block the blood vessels, and prevent oxygen from reaching the organs, such as the brain, kidneys, or liver. This may cause inflammation or cell death. For my project I am aiming to discover how body conditions in children with severe malaria may cause the  parasite to make very sticky bumps that can lead to death. I will then determine if there is a way to prevent the bumps from becoming stickier, and so ensure that all children with severe malaria will be completely healthy.

 

My Typical Day

Involves growing my parasites, subjecting them to stress condition in a petri dish and determining if some genes are increasingly expressed.

The experiment involving growing the parasite in a petri dish for 48 hrs because it takes that long for the parasite to complete one life cycle. Within that long waiting period i do some writing, reading and preparation of chemicals for subsequent experiments. Day to day activity varies depending on the experiment and on if I have assignments to do.

What I'd do with the money

I want to give children an opportunity to learn science in a fun and intuitive way by buying basic science equipment.

Science equipment like the student microscope, colorimeters, Oscilloscope, sound and wave discovery pack and student molecular modeling kit, will be bought and given to a secondary school in a remote village, Umunnachi, where I come from, in Nigeria. This will give more disadvantaged children the opportunity to learn science in the 21st century and allow them to dream and achieve their dreams as I have.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Friendly, Intuitive and respectful

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Celine Dion

What's your favourite food?

Roasted turkey and potatoes with veggies

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Getting married

What did you want to be after you left school?

A Pharmacist

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Hardly, I was kind of quiet

What was your favourite subject at school?

Chemistry

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Becoming a lecturer, thus helping to mould young minds

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

The person that inspired me is my mentor, Prof. Okey Charles Esimone

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A Community Pharmacist because I get to help and meet a lot of people.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To be very fit, more outspoken and get a better apartment.

Tell us a joke.

Other stuff

Work photos:

The level 3 culture room, where we culture malaria parasite, acess to this room requires a code given to specially trained people like me myimage1, me and a colleague myimage4, the level 2 laboratory where we work with genetically modified organism myimage9. A friend that took the pictures myimage10.