Prof. Akpaka, E. Patrick

Professor Patrick Akpaka holds the position as a professor in medical microbiology at the University of the West Indies (The UWI), St. Augustine Campus Trinidad and Tobago, in the department of Paraclinical Sciences. He is a medical graduate (MBBS) of the University of Nigeria (UNN, 1990) and obtained his postgraduate professional degree - Doctor of Medicine (DM) in Microbiology from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica (UWI, 2004). Professor Akpaka also serves as Honorary Consultant Microbiologist to regional health authority hospitals in Trinidad and Tobago, including North Central and Tobago Regional Health Authorities. At the UWI, St. Augustine he has pioneered several research projects that have investigated the molecular epidemiology of several multi drug resistant infections caused by bacterial organisms including Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Enterococcus species etc. Professor Akpaka has extensively published work related to his field of specialization in high impact journals. He a regular speaker regional and international conferences. Professor Akpaka is a member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Caribbean Association of Clinical Microbiologists (CACM). He has served as a past General Secretary and President of the CACM, and currently a Board member of the Association. Professor Akpaka is a member of editorial board and peer-reviewers for several scientific journals.