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