Iyke Emeto completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Medical Physiology from the University of Calabar, where he defined prediction formulae for lung function parameters in Nigerian children aged 6 to 16 years. Iyke graduated with Distinction in MSc Immunology and Allergy from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2007 where he investigated the effect of the Major House Dust Mite allergen Der p 1 on T-regulatory and Th17 cells in allergic asthma. He joined Oxford BioMedica UK as a Research Scientist working on various clinical trials analysing cellular and humoral immune response of patients treated with the therapeutic cancer vaccine TroVax® (MVA-5T4).

Iyke later worked on a project employing combined immunotherapy and chemotherapy for neuroblastoma at the world class Tenovus Research Laboratories, University of Southampton, UK. This was followed by a move down to Australia where he completed his doctoral studies within the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University in 2013 focusing on understanding the mechanism underpinning the pathology of the weakening human aorta, and the development of a drug-based therapy for abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Iyke is currently a Lecturer Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a key member of the Public Health Research Method Team, the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine tuberculosis (AITHM-TB) modelling group, JCU skin cancer group, and the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease (QRC-PVD).

Iyke provides research support for staff and students within division of Tropical Health and Medicine, and staff of The Townsville Hospital and Health services. The area of support includes quantitative research project design, advice on ethics, statistical analysis and writing towards publications. While his high level statistical analysis skill allow him to be involved in, and support a diversity of research, his key strengths and passion is in applying public health principles in the detection, diagnosis, monitoring, therapy and management of chronic inflammatory diseases including peripheral artery disease and TB in line with JCU strategic intent.

He is also passionate about research capacity building within the ASIA Pacific region as a key mentor within The JCU/UPNG Twinning project, and the Tropical Partners providing research support and capacity building to colleagues in Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

Iyke’s current research is focussed on incorporating key elements of both innate and adaptive immune response and the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of current treatment regimen to explore the efficacy of various dosing combinations in optimising treatment regimen for multi-drug resistant TB in collaboration with colleagues in the AITHM and the University of Melbourne.

Iyke also collaborates nationally with colleagues Prof Linda Shield (Charles Sturt University), Dr Yutang Wang (Federation University), and Internationally with Dr Tammy Dougan (Cambridge University), Dr Charles Okolie (Landmark University), and Dr Louis Samiak (University of Papua New Guinea).

He currently co-supervise two HDR, and six masters’ students, and is always happy to hear from any prospective students interested in research.

  • TM3402: Health, Policy and Planning (Level 3; TSV)
  • TM5310: Dissertation 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5516: Biostatistics for Public Health (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5527: Project (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5549: Dissertation 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • Public Health implication of early diagnosis, monitoring and therapy for chronic inflammatory diseases including peripheral artery diseases, and tuberculosis.
  • Implication of sun protection policies in the incidence of skin cancers and melanoma
  • Intra-host tuberculosis modelling
  • Incidence of cardiovascular diseases within Indigenous communities
  • 2014 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2013 - Research Associate, Infectious Diseases and Immunopathogenesis Research Group, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2013 - Doctoral Candidate, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2008 to 2009 - Research Assistant, University of Southampton (Southampton, UK)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Research Scientist, Oxford BioMedica (Oxford, UK)
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  • 2016 - Research Infrastructure Building Grant 'iCompute' ($41, 511- James Cook University, Chief Investigator together with A. Profs Franklin, Watt, Devine, Prof Leggat , and Drs Callander, Lindsay, Birden, Harrison, and Topp)
  • 2013 - James Cook University Graduate Research School Publication Award
  • 2013 - James Cook University Graduate Research School Doctoral Completion Award
  • 2012 to 2013 - James Cook University Vascular Biology Unit Research Scholarship
  • 2009 to 2013 - James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry Top-up Scholarship
  • 2009 to 2012 - James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • 2011 - Faculty Administered Internal Grant ‘Association of Cerebral cytokines with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm’ ($8000- James Cook University, Chief Investigator together with Prof Jon Golledge)
  • 2011 - Best Poster Prize (HDR) Medical and Allied Medical Sciences at the North Queensland Festival of Life Sciences
  • 2009 to 2011 - James Cook University HDR Tuition Fee Waiver Scholarship
  • 2010 - Best Poster Prize Medical and Allied Medical Sciences at the Townsville Festival of Life Sciences
  • 2010 - Faculty Administered Internal Grant ‘Biomarkers of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm’ ($8000- James Cook University, Investigator together with Drs Moxon and Anwar and Prof Jon Golledge)
  • 2010 - Graduate Research School Grant, ‘Diagnostics and Biomarkers of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Presence and Progression’ ($3000- James Cook University, Chief Investigator)
  • 2017 - Guest Editor for Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
  • 2017 - Reviewer, Scientific Reports
  • 2017 - Reviewer, American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
  • 2016 - Guest Associate Editor for Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine (Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine)
  • 2016 - Reviewer, Medicine
  • 2015 - Australian Cardiovascular Alliance
  • 2015 - Statistical Society of Australia Incorporated
  • 2015 - Editorial Board, Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine (Cardiovascular Epidemiology)
  • 2014 - Australasian Epidemiological Association
  • 2014 - Editorial Board, Frontiers in Public Health (Radiation and Health)
  • 2014 - Reviewer, Current Drug Targets
  • 2011 - American Heart Association
  • 2011 - European Atherosclerosis Society
  • 2009 to 2013 - Australian Society for Medical Research
  • 2009 to 2013 - Australian Vascular Biology Society
  • 2008 to 2009 - British Society for Immunology

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 27+ research outputs authored by Dr Theophilus Emeto from 2010 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • The Influence of African Migrant Parents on their Children's Career Choices in a New Culture (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Management of Paediatric Status Epilepticus in Australia and New Zealand (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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