Professor Ebere Nduka
Professor Ebere Nduka was born (and raised) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State of Nigeria into the family of His Royal Highness, late Eze Festus Brown Nduka (MON), the traditional ruler of Nsu in Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
His mother, Ugoeze Grace Nduka, was a dynamic business woman and politician who served as a Councillor in the Port Harcourt City Council.
Ebere’s parents were Anglicans and instrumental to the building and establishment of the church in their community as well as the environs. With parents committed to community welfare and advancement, Ebere was exposed to community service and volunteerism early in life. From his early days to date, he continues to play a prominent role in different organizations that are dedicated to community development.
Ebere Nduka attended secondary school at the prestigious Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar where he had the great privilege of being educated by a diverse faculty from different parts of the world. An all-round student, Ebere obtained his West African School Certificate, majoring and excelling in the sciences. He later attended the University of Ibadan from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human physiology in June 1974. Following the traditional one- year National Youth Service, Ebere returned to the University of Ibadan for Postgraduate studies in the Department of Chemical Pathology, College of Medicine. His graduate school education was funded with a World Health Organization (WHO) fellowship in Endocrinology. He completed his PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology in July, 1981.
Dr. Nduka remained at the University of Ibadan where he was employed as a Research Fellow at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Research & Training, College of Medicine.
With a passion for research and academics, Dr. Nduka proceeded, in 1984, to the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, U.S.A. for post-doctoral studies. He later obtained a Fogarty Fellowship of the National Institute of Health (NIH), to undergo further post-doctoral training at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, St. Louis University School of Medicine, Missouri from 1984 to 1986.
Back to the University of Ibadan, Dr. Ebere Nduka served as a member of the University Senate and was appointed Acting Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Research in 1990, a position he held until he left for Iwate University, Morioka, Japan, on a research fellowship.
Completing his fellowship in Japan, Dr. Nduka decided to stop over in New York before returning to Nigeria. However, an unanticipated ASUU strike was to completely alter his plans. The brief vacation turned to a prolonged stay, which subsequently led to permanent residency. Dr. Ebere Nduka was employed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York in 1993. He advanced in his career through a tenured position as Associate Professor in September 1997, to a full Professor of Biology in January 2004.
Professor Nduka has served in different capacities including the Students’ Disciplinary Committee, Pre-Med Advisor, Pre-Allied Health Advisor and Coordinates a number of senior level courses in the Department of Biology.
Professor Ebere Nduka belongs to several academic and professional organizations here in the United States as well as in Nigeria: member, Minority Affairs Committee of the Endocrine Society (International), member, Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists, member, institute of Biology, member, Biochemical Society of Nigeria, as well as the Endocrine Society of Nigeria. He regularly attends research conferences. He has co-authored a companion text to an Anatomy and Physiology textbook and is widely published in many renowned scientific and academic journals including Endocrinology and Proceedings of National Academy of Science.
Professor Nduka has served as president of several cultural organizations including (at present) that of “Ike Otu Umunna.”, an association of Ibo’s residents in the New York metropolis. He resides in Plainview, New York with his wife, Nwaka, an ordained Deaconess in the Redeemed Christian Church of God. They are blessed with three beautiful children.