About the author: Chiamaka Belsonia Opara
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Chiamaka Belsonia Opara doubles as an Environmental Biotechnologist and a Biochemist who hails from Nigeria. She obtained her MSc degree in Biotechnology from the University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom in 2017; and her BSc degree in Applied Biochemistry from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria in 2014.
The course of study on ‘Microbial Technology’ undertaken during her MSc degree inspired her interest in Environmental Biotechnology and she subsequently spent her last semester researching extensively on microbial-recovery of critical resource materials (CRMs) from waste printed circuit boards (PCBs). Her research interests include Biomining, Bioleaching, Biosorption, Bioremediation and Biosurfactants.
Chiamaka currently works as an EU researcher for the SULTAN project in the biotechnology group of the prestigious Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) Germany; and at the same time pursuing a doctorate (PhD) degree at Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TU BAF), Germany.