Botanický ústav AV ČR
rukaad00 [at] prf.jcu.cz
Thesis name: 
Diversity trends and ecology of microbial communities in the rhizosphere and bulk soil of mountain ecosystems.

Justus Amuche
Přírodovědecká fakulta JU
Soil & Water Research Infrastructure, Biology Centre CAS
justus.nweze [at] bc.cas.cz
Ecosystem Biology and Ecology

Currently, we are working on a project to expose the cause and nature of interactions between nitrifiers and methanotrophs and quantify their ecological impact.

Brief CV: 

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. Student at the Department of Ecosystem Biology, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic (06/2021 - date)
  • Visiting Scholar/Staff-student exchange programme at Guangxi University and Guangxi Academy of Sciences, Nanning, China (06/2019 - 12/2020).

  • Master’s Degree (M. Sc.) in Medical Microbiology (with CGPA of 4.53), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2014 - 2016).

  • National Youth Service Corps Certificate, Edo State, Nigeria (2012 - 2013).

  • Bachelor Degree (B. Sc.) (Second Class Upper Division with CGPA of 4.04) in Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2007 - 2011).

  • Senior School Certificate Examination. Special Science School, Ukehe, Igbo Etiti L.G.A Enugu State (1998 - 2004).

  • First School Leaving Certificate. Community Primary School, Olido, Enugu Ezike, Enugu State (1992 - 1998).

Recent International Research Experience:

Guangxi Key Laboratory of Marine Natural Products and Combinatorial Biosynthesis Chemistry, National Engineering Research Center of Non-Food Biorefinery, State Key Laboratory of Non-Food Biomass and Enzyme Technology, Guangxi Academy of Sciences, Nanning, 530007, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China. Project I (July – December, 2019) under Mrs L. Pan: cloning, screening, overexpression, purification, activity and structural elucidation of microbial gene products (dnmU (3(5)-epimeriase) and dox A) involved in biosynthesis of doxorubicin antibiotic (anticancer) production in Streptomyces peucetius ATCC 27952. Project II (November, 2019 – December 2020) under Prof. D. Yang: isolation, identification, extraction, structural elucidation, bioactivity and mode of action of pharmaceutically important bioactive natural products from marine actinomycetes and other bacteria from marine sediments and mangrove soil. (2) Whole genome sequencing and their comparative analysis. (3) Amplicon sequencing based profiling of bacterial diversity in marine sediments and mangrove soil.


Academic Experience:

  • Lecturer II - (12 Feb., 2019 - Present)
  • Assistant Lecturer - (12 Feb., 2018 – 12 Feb., 2019) Department of Science Laboratory Technology (Microbiology Unit), University of Nigeria (12 Feb., 2018 - Present). One of the pioneer lecturers of the Department.
  • Responsibilities: Curriculum development; design, prepare and develop courses and teaching materials; develop and implement new methods of teaching to reflect changes in research; assess students' coursework; set and mark examinations; undertake personal research projects and actively contribute to my institution's research profile; and participate in staff training activities.
  • Microbiology Students’ Academic Adviser (100 to 300 level)
  • Courses taught: Medical Microbiology, General Parasitology (Course Coordinator), Molecular Biology, Soil Microbiology, General Laboratory: Hazards and Safety in the Laboratory, Physiology/Pharmacology: Parasympathetic/Sympathetic and Respiratory System).


List of Published Research and Review Articles

  1. Nweze, J.A., Mbaoji, F.N., Li, YM. et al. Potentials of marine natural products against malaria, leishmaniasis, and trypanosomiasis parasites: a review of recent articles. Infect Dis Poverty 10, 9 (2021).
  2. Florence N. Mbaoji and Justus Amuche Nweze. Antioxidant and hepatoprotective potentials of active fractions of Lannea barteri Oliv. Heliyon (2020) 6 (6), e04099. Doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04099
  3. Justus Amuche Nweze, Florence N. Mbaoji, Gang Huang, Yanming Li, Liyan Yang, Yunkai Zhang, Shushi Huang, Lixia Pan and Dengfeng Yang. Antibiotics development and the potentials of marine-derived compounds to stem the tide of multidrug-resistant pathogenic bacteria, fungi and protozoa. Marine Drugs (2020) (Special Issue) 18(3), 145. doi.org/10.3390/md18030145 (IF: 4.073)
  4. Nweze Justus Amuche, Nweze Emeka Innocent, and Onoja Uwakwe Simon. Nutrition, Malnutrition and Leishmaniasis. Nutrition (2019), doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2019.110712. (IF: 3.591)
  5. Alechenu, E.C., Nweze, J.A., Lerum, N.I. and Eze, E.A. Prevalence and Antibiotic Resistance Patterns of Gram-Negative Uropathogens among Paediatric Patients in Nigeria. Open Journal of Medical Microbiology (2019), 9, 215-229. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojmm.2019.94020.
  6. F.N. Mbaoji, A. Onwuka, I. Peter, Justus Amuche Nweze, E. Okonta, and S. Onu. Evaluation of methanol-dichloromethane extract of Stemonocoleus micranthus Harms (Fabaceae) stem bark for anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activities. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2020). Article ID 1738163.  Doi:10.1155/2020/1738163.
  7. Nweze, Justus Amuche; Okafor, I. Jesophine; Nweze, Emeka Innocent; Nweze, Julius Eyiuche. Evaluation of physico-chemical properties of Apis mellifera, Hypotrigona sp. and Melipona sp. honey samples from Nsukka, Nigeria. BMC Research Notes (2017) 10: 566. (IF: 1.340)
  8. Nweze, Justus Amuche; Eke, Ifeanyichukwu Emmanuel; and Nweze, Emeka Innocent. HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa: Current status, challenges and prospects. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Diseases (2017), 7(4): 930-947. (IF: 0.600)
  9. Nweze, Justus Amuche; Okafor, I. Jesophine; Nweze, Emeka Innocent; Nweze, Julius Eyiuche. Comparison of antimicrobial potential of honey samples from Apis mellifera and two stingless bees from Nsukka, Nigeria. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products (2016), 2(4): 1-7.

Book Chapter

Justus A. Nweze, Chinasa V. Olovo, Emeka Innocent Nweze, Obi Okechukwu John and Chidebelu Paul Therapeutic Properties of Honey, (In) Honey Analysis - New Advances and Challenges, (Ed) Vagner de Alencar Arnaut de Toledo and Emerson Dechechi Chambó, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.86416. Available from: https://www.intechopen.com/books/honey-analysis-new-advances-and-challen... therapeutic-properties-of-honey.

Conference Papers

Alechenu, E.C., Lerum, N., Martins P., Eze, E. and Nweze Justus A. Prevalence and antibiotics resistance patterns of urinary tract pathogens among paediatric patients in Benue state, Nigeria. 39th Annual Scientific Conference and General Meeting of Nigerian Society for Microbiology (2017) at University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria.

Justus Amuche Nweze, Emeka I. Nweze, Chidebelu Paul and Eberechukwu Adline Ani. Assessment of physicochemical and antioxidant properties of Apis mellifera honey and two stingless bee honey varieties from Nsukka, Nigeria. August 2020 International Virtual Conference on Organic Synthesis/Medicinal Chemistry (OSMC), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria.

Chukwuma S. Ahamefule, Chike J. Ugwuodo, Priscilla O. Idike, Justus A. Nweze, and James C. Ogbonna. Application of photosynthetic microalgae in the direct desalination pre-treatment of seawater. 2020 Annual National Conference on Bioscience and Biotechnology (Virtual). Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria.

K3 814
Thesis name: 
Identification of environmental factors linking nitrification and methane oxidation

Přírodovědecká fakulta JU
waqasuos1 [at] gmail.com
+49 1522 3068892
Soil microbiology, arctic soil (degraded permafrost soil)

My research is focused on the identification and determination of microbial community composition, microbial activities, and processes in organic matter mobilization/stabilization in degraded permafrost soil. To achieve these goals I perform field and laboratory experiments, and comparative analysis of soil microbial community under different hydrological scenarios of degraded permafrost soil. In this research isotope-labeling and metatranscriptomics (“double-RNA” metatranscriptomics), approaches will be applied to provide detailed insight into complex functional dynamics of microbial communities, metabolic and enzymatic activities in degraded permafrost soils.

Brief CV: 

2020 Ph.D., current

2018 M.Sc. in Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, Thesis: “Investigation of conjugational transfer of plasmids from Streptomyces strains to bacteria isolated from a heavy metal contaminated soil site”. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe

2015 BS. in Microbiology, University of Swat, Pakistan, Thesis:  “Prevalence and isolation of Salmonella Species from the poultry chicken and to study its antibiotic sensitivity”.