Iruka Okeke

Cite as:

Okune, Angela. 2018. "Iruka Okeke." In STS in "Africa" Personal Careers. In STS in "Africa" in Formation, created by Angela Okune and Aadita Chaudhury. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.


Iruka Okeke is a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Ibadan. She uses bacterial genetics to study the molecular epidemiology, colonization, pathogenesis and antimicrobial resistance of enteric bacteria, particularly Escherichia coli.  Her research informs the diarrheal disease epidemiology, antimicrobial use and development, as well as vaccine development, and is therefore integral to pharmaceutical microbiology.

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?”

This essay highlights prominant and upcoming individuals working on critical science and technology issues in Africa and is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."

STS Across Borders In Brief

STS Across Borders is a special exhibit organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to showcase how the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed in different times, places...Read more

Okeke, Iruka N. 2016. “African Biomedical Scientists and the Promises of ‘Big Science.’” Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue Canadienne Des Études Africaines 50 (3): 455–78.

AO: This 2016 article by Iruka Okeke argues that few African scientists participate in genomics, and when they do, they are largely providing biological samples. Therefore as new next generation diagnostics, surveillance tools, drugs and vaccines contribute to the growing field of genomic...Read more