Emeka Iweala is a Professor of Biochemistry and a past head of Department of Biological Sciences at the Covenant University, Nigeria. He worked as a faculty at the Department of Biochemistry, Abia State University, Nigeria between 1996 and 2009 where he started his academic and research career.
His research interests cover a broad range of biomedical areas in Chemoprevention, Cancer research, Antioxidants, Diet, Drugs, Plant foods, Medicinal plants, Molecular Biology and Public health. He has published several papers from research spanning nutritional, pharmacological, toxicological and medical biochemistry and presented papers at several local and international scientific meetings. His current research focuses on the role of Nigerian plant foods and medicinal plants in chemo-prevention of diseases and public health nutrition. He is also interested in genetic, molecular and biochemical characterization of prostate cancer and other cancers in Nigeria. His research on prostate cancer has been featured on BBC breakfast show. He leads the Non-communicable diseases sub-cluster of Covenant University Public Health and Wellbeing Research Cluster (CUPHWERC) and is the PI of CaPTC-Covenant University, a research affiliate of the NCI-Funded CaPTC (Prostate Cancer Transatlantic Consortium) involved in prostate cancer research.
He is a member of several National and International professional bodies including Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB), Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology (NISEB), Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), Biochemical Society, London, African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and European Association for Cancer Research (EACR). He was a recipient of the 2012 CAS-TWAS Visiting Scholar Fellowship tenable at the Kunming Institute of Botany, China.
Professor Iweala headed the team that wrote and won the grant for the establishment of the World Bank-funded African Center of Excellence on Applied Informatics and Communication at Covenant University where he serves as deputy director. He served as chairman of the Committee on strategic Planning and currently chairs the curriculum committee. He is also a member of the Covenant Health Research Ethics committee (CHREC). He has active international research collaborations with the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health and University of Florida, USA. He is the Editor of the Open Journals of Nigeria and serves on the editorial boards of several academic Publications and journals.
He is married and has children.