New investigator: Benson Edagwa, Ph.D.

February 06, 2020

Image with caption: Benson Edagwa, Ph.D.

Benson Edagwa, Ph.D.

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2019 Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

The New Investigator Award

New Investigator Awards go to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the past two years have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New Investigators also had to demonstrate scholarly activity such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

  • Name: Benson Edagwa, Ph.D.
  • Title: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: July 2012
  • Hometown: Kenya

Research focus:

Antiretroviral therapy.

The goal of my research is: To create novel, long-acting, slow effective release antiretroviral therapy (LASER ART) formulations to facilitate prevention and treatment strategies against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections. A LASER ART regimen that can be administered once every six months or yearly will simplify dosing schedules.

My research will make a difference: For people living with - or at risk of acquiring - HIV and HBV infections who struggle with adherence to daily lifelong therapy.

The best advice I've been given is: To keep learning and always put God first.

Three things you may not know about me:

  • I grew up working on our family farm.
  • The decision to pursue a degree in science was influenced by my mother.
  • My wife and I are blessed with two amazing boys.


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October 07, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Congratulations Mr Edagwa. May God grant you the knowledge and capability to accomplish your research that will help many people suffering around the world. Nyasaye akugasitse mwanitu.

Dhruv Soni
February 13, 2020 at 6:39 PM

Congratulations, Dr. Edagwa !

Moses New-Aaron
February 09, 2020 at 4:57 PM

Congratulations Dr. Edagwa!

Aliou Aguiah
February 06, 2020 at 8:03 PM

Congratulations Dr. Edagwa

Aditya Bade
February 06, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Congratulations Dr. Edagwa!!!

Kim Morrison
February 06, 2020 at 9:43 AM

Congratulations Dr. Edagwa! Well deserved for all of your hard work and dedication!

Jerrie Dayton
February 06, 2020 at 9:38 AM

Congratulations Dr. Edagwa. Your work is very important and impressive. Thank you for your dedication.

Bhagya Dyavar
February 06, 2020 at 9:19 AM

Congratulations and very happy for you and your family!

February 06, 2020 at 9:15 AM


Larisa Poluektova
February 06, 2020 at 8:49 AM

Congratulations and best wishes to your family!

February 06, 2020 at 4:52 AM