Company: Prairie View A&M University
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Immaculata Igbo, Professor at Prairie View A&M University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pharmacology and pathophysiology.
Dr. Igbo was inspired to go into the medical field since her grandfather was a nurse. As a child, she was always in awe of nature and anything involving biology. When she went to college, her interest continued and she gained a better understanding of the inner workings of the body. She was fascinated by how the use of medicines and extracts from plants could help with a problem within the patient. All of her dissertations reflected this excitement in biomedical research. Her interests followed her in her academic pursuits, where she first earned a BSc in pharmacology at the University of Ibadan with honors in 1977. She continued her studies at the University of Nigeria, receiving a Master of Science in pharmacology and therapeutics in 1983. Following this, she received a PhD in cardiovascular pharmacology at the institution in 1989. After relocating to the United States, she continued widening her knowledge of the field as a post-doctoral research associate in pharmacology at Texas Technical University.
Dr. Igbo has served in her current role at Prairie View A&M University since 2016. She joined the faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor. Prior to that, she leveraged her skills and expertise with teaching and research positions at Xavier University, Texas Technical University, the University of Nigeria, and at Awkunanaw Secondary School in Nigeria. Furthermore, Dr. Igbo has been a peer reviewer of the Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacy since 2015 and a faculty mentor at her current place of employment since 2012. Since 2012, she has also been a peer reviewer for the African Social Sciences Review Journal and since 2009 with the Journal of Nursing Education Perspectives. To this day, Dr. Igbo feels her greatest career achievements have been securing grants that helped students that would have otherwise struggled financially. These grants helped them complete their programs. It gives her a lot of joy to see her former students in their professional leadership roles in the community, such as being directors in hospitals, various specialties, leading in education, and leading in administration. Many have gone on to get their doctorate degrees. Another highlight has been having her name in the textbook chapter. Furthermore, she is currently writing her own textbook, as it is something that she can leave behind.
Throughout her career, Dr. Igbo has maintained affiliation with a variety of organizations and groups that have aided in her development. She has served as the vice president of St. Justin the Martyr African Catholic Women Organization since 1999. She has been a member of the Chapel of Adoration of St. Clement of the Roman Catholic Parish. Furthermore, she was the charter president of the Soroptimist International Club of Great Britain and Ireland from 1990 to 1992. She is also a member of the American Physiology Society. Dr. Igbo has also received many accolades for her work. These include a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Representative Jackson-Lee and the System Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award from Texas A&M University. Earlier in her career, she received a Foreign Faculty Fellowship Award from ECFMG, a Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Pioneer Doctorate Candidate from the University of Nigeria and an Academic Excellence & Community Development Pioneering Award from the Afikpo Local Government of Nigeria.
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