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Dr. Chinyere K. Okoro

Dr. Chinyere K. Okoro

Genetic and evolutionary events that shape the emergence of invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella disease in sub-Saharan Africa.

Research themes

Pathogen Biology and Evolution:

Salmonella Genomics

Connections in Africa:

Departments and Institutes

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute:
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Bacterial genomics; phenotype-genotype associations, clinical and public health microbiology


  • Genomics
  • Evolution
  • Phylogenetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Host-Pathogen Interaction
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Pathogen Evolution
  • Infection
  • Virulence
  • Pathogenesis
  • Bacteriology
  • Vaccine


  • Genomics
  • Public Health
  • Salmonella


Key Publications

  • Okoro, C.K. et al.  Intra-continental transmission of human invasive Salmonella Typhimurium pathovariants. Nat. Genet. doi:10.1038/ng.2423 (2012)
  • Okoro, C.K. et al. High-resolution single nucleotide polymorphism analysis distinguishes recrudescence and re-infection in recurrent invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella Typhimurium disease. Clin Infect Dis 54: 955–963 (2012)
  • Seth-Smith H.M.B., Fookes M, Okoro, C.K et al. Structure, diversity, and mobility of the Salmonella pathogenicity island 7 family of integrative and conjugative elements within Enterobacteriaceae. J. Bacteriol 194: 1494-504 (2012)
  • Rateb M.E, Houssen, W.E., Harrison WT, Deng H, Okoro, C.K. et al. Diverse metabolic profiles of a Streptomyces strain isolated from a hyper- arid environment. J. Nat. Prod.74, 1965-71 (2011)
  • Rateb, M.E., Houssen W.E., Arnold, M., Abdelrahman, M.H, Deng, H., Harrison, W.T., Okoro, C.K. et al. Chaxamycins A-D, bioactive ansamycins from a hyper-arid desert Streptomyces sp. J. Nat. Prod. 74:1491-9 (2011)
  • Okoro, C.K et al. Lechevalieria atacamensis sp. nov.,Lechevalieria deserti sp. nov. and Lechevalieria roselyniae sp. nov., isolated from hyperarid soils. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 60: 296-300 (2010)
  • Okoro, C.K. et al. Diversity of culturable actinomycetes in hyper-arid soils of the Atacama Desert, Chile.  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 95: 121 -133 (2009)