Okoh Anthony

Professor, PhD

Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, FWISA, FBSN, FAAS

Director SAMRC Microbial Water Quality Monitoring Centre, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa.

Leader, Applied and Environmental Microbiology Research Group (AEMREG), Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa.

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e-mail: aokoh@ufh.ac.za



  • Нolds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Microbiology.

  • Started career in the university system as an Assistant lecturer in 1993 and rose through the ranks to full professor in 2008.

    – Served as Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Fort Hare for seven years (2009 to 2015).

  • Prof Okoh also served as President of the prestigious South Africa Society for Microbiology (2011-2013).

  • Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, severally as Acting Dean of the faculty.

  • Fellow of the Water Institute of Southern Africa.

  • Fellow of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria.

  • Fellow of the prestigious African Academy of Sciences.

  • Currently Director, SAMRC Microbial Water Quality Monitoring Centre at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa.

  • Recipient of the UFH Vice-Chancellor Emerging Researcher Award.

  • Recipient of the Vice-Chancellor Senior Researcher Medal.

  • Achievers Award recipient of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria.

  • Current H-index (Google Scholar) is 54, i10-index is 205 and citations is over 12012.

Research interests

Prof. Okoh research interests fall within the aegis of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. He is currently the Leader of the Water Research Niche Area. He has published over 400 journal articles and graduated 51 PhD and 68 Master’s degree students.

Primary publications

  1. Eric Anthony, Mike Ojemaye, Anthony Okoh and Omobola Okoh (2020). Synthesis of CeO2 as promising adsorbent for the management of free-DNA harboring antibiotic resistance genes from tap water. Chemical Engineering Journal, 401: Impact factor: 10.652
  2. Eric Tobechukwu Anthony, Mike O Ojemaye, Omobola O Okoh, Anthony I Okoh (2020). A critical review on the occurrence of resistomes in the environment and their removal from wastewater using apposite treatment technologies: Limitations, successes and future improvement. Environmental Pollution, 236: 113791. Impact factor: 5.714.
  3. Temitope Cyrus Ekundayo and Anthony I. Okoh (2020). Antimicrobial resistance in freshwater Plesiomonas shigelloidesisolates: implications for environmental pollution and risk assessment. Environmental Pollution 257; doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.113493. IF: 5.714.
  4. Nonso Nnolim, Lindelwa Mpaka, Anthony Okoh and Uchechukwu Nwodo (2020). Biochemical and molecular characterization of a thermostable alkaline metallo-keratinase from Bacillus sp. Nnolim-K1. Microorganisms. Impact factor: 4.167.
  5. Mike O. Ojemaye, Martins A. Adefisoye and Anthony I. Okoh (2020).  Nanotechnology as a viable alternative for the removal of antimicrobial resistance determinants from discharged municipal effluents and associated watersheds: A review. Journal of Environmental Management (Accepted). Impact factor: 5.647.
  6. Falade, A. O., Mabinya, L. V., Nwodo, U. U. and Okoh, A. I. (2019). Biochemical and Molecular Characterization of a Novel Dye-Decolourizing Peroxidase from Raoultella ornithinolyticaOKOH-1. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 121: 454-462. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2018.10.045. Impact factor: 5.162. 
  7. Adesiyan I.M, Bisi-Johnson M.A, Ogunfowokan, O and Okoh A.I(2019). Incidence and antimicrobial susceptibility fingerprints of Plesiomonas shigelliodes isolates in water samples collected from some freshwater resources in Southwest Nigeria. Science of the Total Environment, 665 (2019)632–640. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.062 Impact factor: 6.551. 
  8. Temitope Cyrus Ekundayo and Anthony I. Okoh (2019). Modelling the effects of physicochemical variables and anthropogenic activities as ecological drivers of Plesiomonas shigelloidesdistribution and freshwaters quality. Science of the Total Environment, 682: 765-778. Impact factor: 6.551.
  9. Tosin A. Olasehinde, Ademola Olufolahan Olaniran and Anthony I. Okoh (2019). Macroalgae as valuable source of naturally occurring bioactive compounds for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Marine Drugs, 17(11), 609; https://doi.org/10.3390/md17110609.Impact factor: 4.379.
  10. Taofeek Salaudeen, Omobola Okoh, Foluso Agunbiade and Anthony Okoh (2018). Fate and impact of phthalates in activated sludge treated municipal wastewater on the water bodies in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. CHEMOSPHERE. 203: 336-344. Impact factor: 5.778.