Erik Chekwube Aniogo is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Johannesburg’s Laser Research Centre. His research interest is in cancer, cell biology, biotechnology, photobiology and photochemistry with specific reference to multidrug-resistant cancer. His research is primarily concerned with how cancer develops resistance to therapies, and in finding ways to prevent this. He’s excited about the possibility that he can “somehow use laser to excite and treat cancer cells in a new treatment modality called photodynamic therapy”.
Aniogo’s interest in translational medicine – medicine that improves human health through transferring clinical and laboratory research into medical practice – “birthed the zeal to understand why cancer recurs after treatment”, Aniogo explains. The passion for novel discovery is what fuels his ambition to be a pioneer in his research, while his specialisation in oncology was motivated by his empathetic nature to care for the underprivileged, and desire to make an impact that will benefit people affected by the disease.
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