Dr Ekene Emmanuel Nweke

Department of Surgery University of the Witwatersrand, Life Sciences

Dr Ekene Emmanuel Nweke, obtained his MSc cum laude and PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2017. His focus is on hepatopancreatobiliary cancers, specifically pancreatic and gall bladder cancers, with a special emphasis on their impact on disadvantaged groups. His current work involves identifying biomarkers for early detection and improving the understanding, treatment, and management of these diseases. With an NRF Y-rating, Dr Nweke has published 17 articles and eight book chapters. He has successfully supervised the completion of two PhD and four Master’s students and currently guides six PhD and six Master’s students. Dr Nweke has received awards such as the Bert Myburgh Research Prize and a Wits Inventor Award, along with grants including the NRF Thuthuka grant. He plays key roles in the African HepatoPancreatoBiliary Cancer Consortium as co-chair of the Biospecimen Laboratory Analysis Committee and in the Surgical Research Society of Southern Africa as an executive member.