Projects / Publications


02/2014 — present
PhD Student and Research Assistant at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel

2008 — 2011
Master of Science (M.Sc.), Bioethics University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

01/2008 — 10/2008
Master’s Level Certificate, Biosafety, Institute of Gene Ecology, University of Tromso, Norway

1987 — 1991
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State
Field of discipline: Applied Biochemistry

1981 — 1986
West African School Certificate (WASC) Anambra State University of Technology, Awka, Secondary School. Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls’ School (ACMGS).Elelenwo, Obio/Akpor, Rivers State, Nigeria

1975 1980
First School Leaving Certificate, Primary School. Army Children School, Rainbow Town, Port Harcourt, Rivers State


Work experience

2002 — Date
Head, Bioethics Unit (HBE) / Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)
National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Umaru Musa Yar’Adua expressway, Lugbe, Abuja, Nigeria

2012 — date
Secretary/member of the Independent Institutional Review Board. African University of Science and Technology. Km 10, Airport Road, Galadimawa, Abuja, Nigeria

2001 — 2002
Teacher (Volunteer Service), Covenant Grace Internationa School, Rumubiakani, Obio, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

1997 — 2001
Waste Management Technologist/Pollution Control Officer   
Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC), Rumubiakani, Obio, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

1993 — 1994
Medical Laboratory Analyst.University of Port Teaching Hospital (UPTH)
Hospital Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

1992 — 1993
National Youth Service    
General Hospital, Potiskum, Yobe State  

1991 — 1992
Vacation Job   
Jubilee Insurance Company Limited   
28 Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State

(it is usually done 3months while in the university)
Industrial Training, Pathology Laboratory Service Center, 91 Victoria Street, Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Industrial Training, Rivers State Vegetable Oil Company.Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria   


Trainings, Meetings and Workshops

Eight Session of the IGBC. Paris, France

Twentieth Ordinary session of the IBC. Seoul, South Korea

Nineteenth session of the IBC and IGBC and the joint session of both the IBC and IGBC. Paris, France


Seventh session of the of the IGBC meeting.  Paris, France

Biosafety of GM Crops: Emerging Issues and Challenges in Regulatory Decision-Making Organized by the Department of Agriculture, forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Pretoria, South Africa in Collaboration with ICGEB and Ministerio De Agricultura, Ganaderia Y Pesca, Argentina

Seventeenth session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) meeting/Joint session of the IBC and the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) meeting and the extraordinary session of the IGBC. Paris, France

Theoretical Approaches and their Practical Application in Risk Assessment for the Deliberate Release of Genetically Modified Plants organized by ICGEB and supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Hermanus, South Africa

Introduction to GMO Biosafety Risk Assessment. Organized by Bio-safe train Project and ICGEB. Kabanyolo, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda


Retrieving the Human Face of Science. Organized by the Uniformed Science University of the Health Science (USUHS), Bethesda, Maryland, USA and the University of Botswana
05/2008 — 08/2008
Techniques of Basic Plant Culture and Applications of Micro propagation. Organized by Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria in collaboration with Applied Biotech, USA. Ibadan

Proposal Writing for Grant Training. Organized by NABDA

06/2007 — 08/2007
Holistic Foundation for the Assessment and Regulation of Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms. Organized by the Norwegian government. Norwegian Science Park and the University of Tromso, Norway

Stem Cell Transplantation as “Medicine of the 21st Century”. Organized by Bio-Cellular Research Organization LLC, USA and NABDA

Managing Technology Incubation, Concepts, Mechanism and Practice. Organized by National Board for Technology Incubation and Technopol Consulting. Arcade Club Suites, Abuja

Biosafety Clearing House Training Organized by Federal Ministry of Environment, Housing and Urban development in Collaboration with UNEP/GEF. NABDA, Abuja




Nigeria Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB)
West African Bioethics (WAB)
Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN)


Other Skills

Average use of the computer and sewing as leisure

Other activities

Reading and Swimming



10/2014 — 2017

  • Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), Rivers State, Nigeria
  • National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Abuja, Nigeria

2008 — 2010

  • United States National Institute of Health (NIH), Forgaty International Center, the National Human genome, US
  • West African Bioethics (WAB)
  • National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Abuja, Nigeria

2007 — 2008

  • Norwegian government, through the Norwegian Science Park
  • The University of Tromso, Norway



English, Ndele



Chitu Womehoma Princewill (Omodu)

Institute for
Biomedical Ethics

Universität Basel
Bernoullistrasse 28
CH-4056 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 02 03
Fax +41 61 207 17 80