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Richard Idem Somiari

Biotechnologist , researcher

Richard Idem Somiari, Nigerian biotechnologist, researcher. Grantee United States Agency for International Development, 1992; fellow Government of Poland, 1993, World Bank/Nigerian University Staff Development Program, 1994; visiting research fellow University Strathclyde, Glasgow, 1996.


Somiari, Richard Idem was born on June 30, 1963 in Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria. Son of Iya Ikpeme and Adeline Minibi (Somiari) Idem.


Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, 1984. Postgraduate diploma in food science and technical, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1989. Master of Science in Food Science and Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1990.

Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Bio-chemical, Technology University, Lodz, Poland, 1997.


Biology teacher State Polytechnic, Kano, Nigeria, 1984-1985. Assistant lecturer University Calabar, Nigeria, 1991-1993, lecturer II Nigeria, since 1993, project coordinator microbiology unit Nigeria, 1992-1993, curator collection of microorganisms Nigeria, 1991-1993. Consultant microbiologist Shell Petroleum Development Company, Port Harcourt, 1991-1993.

Research associate Technology University Lodz, since 1993. Visiting scientist department Bioscience and biotechnology University Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1996.


  • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Secretary, consultant State Government Task Force for Cholera Control, Calabar, 1992-1993. Team leader for intervention program Nigerian Guinea Worm Eradication Program, Port Harcourt, 1992. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Nigerian Institute Food Science and Technology (branch coordinator 1991-1993), World Federation for Microbial Culture Collection, Rivers State University of Science and Technology Alumni Association (branch president 1992-1993).


  • Other Interests

    Reading, writing, basketball, travel.


Married Stella Ame Bassey, November 14, 1992. Children: Richard Idem Junior, Michael Idem.

Iya Ikpeme Idem

Adeline Minibi (Somiari) Idem

Stella Ame Bassey

Richard Idem Junior Somiari

Michael Idem Somiari