The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff: Academic
Dr. Nkemcho Ojeh
Titles: Lecturer in Biochemistry / Molecular Biology / Genetics
Department: FMS
Discipline: Basic Medical Science Faculty (Phase I)
Additional Titles: Phase I Coordinator, MBBS
Qualifications: BSc (Wales, UK),
MRes (Manchester, UK),
PhD (London, UK)
Contact: (Office) 246-417-4128
(Fax) 246-438-9170
Teaching Areas: Nkemcho coordinates and co-teaches the Cell Biology and Introduction to Molecular Medicine courses in the Phase 1 (Preclinical) Undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme and Structure & Function 1 – Cells & Tissues in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Undergraduate programme. She also serves as the Coordinator for the Phase 1 MBBS programme.
Biography: Nkemcho Ojeh graduated from University of Wales, Swansea, UK with BSc (Hons) in Genetics (1996) and then from the University of Manchester, UK with a Master of Research (MRes) in Biological Sciences (1997). Subsequently, she worked and studied at the Centre for Cutaneous Research, Queen Mary, University of London, UK obtaining her PhD in 2004 with a thesis entitled 'Modulation of keratinocyte stem cell phenotype and its effect on proliferation and differentiation'. Her interest in skin biology continued when she moved to Durham University, UK where, as a postdoctoral scientist, she investigated the role of Syndecan-1 and CASK in the regulation of keratinocyte proliferation and differentiation.

In 2008, she moved to Barbados to take up the position of Lecturer in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus where she is involved in teaching, curriculum design and research. In 2016, she became the Coordinator of the Phase 1 MBBS programme at the Faculty of Medical Sciences working in both an academic and administrative capacity.

In 2015, Nkemcho Ojeh was also appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Florida where she works closely with the Director of Wound Healing and Regenerative Medicine Research Programme, Prof. Marjana Tomic-Canic and her group on a number of skin biology and wound healing research projects.
  • Acute and Chronic Wound Healing
  • In vitro Skin Models
  • Skin Biology
  • Skin Disorders (Keloids and Hypertrophic Scarring)
  • Tissue Engineering
Publications: Selected Publications:

Ojeh N, Akgul B, Tomic-Canic M, Philpott M, & Navsaria H A (2017) In vitro skin models to study epithelial regeneration from hair follicle. PLOS ONE. In press.
Nelson O, Ward, J, Forde, A & Ojeh N (2016) Keloids: Current therapies in Barbados. West Indian Medical Journal, doi: 10.7727/wimj.2015.322.
Ojeh N, Pastar I, Tomic-Canic M & Stojadinovic O (2015) Stem cells in skin regeneration, wound healing and their clinical applications. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 16, 25476-25501; doi: 10.3390/ijms161025476. PMID: 26512657.
Ojeh N, Rose A, Jackman S, Applewhaite M & Webster V (2015) Feasibility of electrostimulation system treatment for wound healing: A case series of patients with chronic ulcers in Barbados. International Wound Journal, doi:  10.1111/iwj.12438. PMID: 25756595.
Ojeh N, Stojadinovic O, Pastar I, Sawaya A, Yin N & Tomic-Canic M (2014) The Effects of Caffeine on Wound Healing. International Wound Journal, doi: 10.1111/iwj.12327. PMID: 25041108.
Ojeh N O & Navsaria H A (2014) An in vitro skin model to study the effect of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in wound healing and epidermal regeneration. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, 102(8):2785-92. PMID: 24115470.
Additional Information: Affiliations 
  • Member of International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)
  • Member of the Wound Healing Society (WHS)
  • Medical Students Association Teaching Award, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Barbados, 2016.
  • Inter American Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) Fellowship Award, USA, 2012.
  • Young Investigators Award, BSCB and BSDB Joint Annual Spring meeting, York (2006) and 2nd  Bio valley Tissue Engineering Symposium, Germany (1999).

George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GA-CDRC)
Professor Ian Hambleton, Professor of Biostatistics

Dr. Natalie Greaves, Qualitative Researcher

Ms. Angela Rose, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology

Dr. Kim Quimby, Lecturer in Immunology

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