The B.Sc. (Hons) Microbiology programme domiciled in the Department of Biological Sciences took off in 2012/2013 academic year with five academic members of staff, two (2) female and three (3) are male. The Pioneer Head of the Department was Prof. Olatunji Oyelana who spearheaded the mounting of five Undergraduate Programmes: B.Sc. Microbiology, B.Sc. Biochemistry, B.Sc. Biotechnology, B.Sc. Biology and B.Sc. Environmental Management & Toxicology guided by the NUC Benchmarks for Minimum Academic Standards, 2007. In late 2012, two additional lecturers were recruited from UK and Nigeria: Dr. Mrs. Christie A. Onadeko (Ph.D), from University of Bristol in Fish Ecology and Molecular Systematics and Mr. Olugbenga Onile (M.Sc) in Cell Biology and Genetics from University of Ibadan.
During the 2013/2014 academic session, three additional staff joined the Department namely: Prof. Ofelia Omitogun, from the Philippines, a specialist in agricultural biotechnology, aquaculture and biochemical genetics; Dr. Folusho Ajayi who specialized in Industrial and Environmental Microbiology and Mr. Olalekan Shadrach Fadare with Master’s Degree in Medical Microbiology from Middlesex University, London. In October 2014, Prof Mansi El Mansi, a seasoned Microbial Biochemist from the University of Wales joined the Department. Additional staff were Dr.A.O. Momoh, Dr. Mrs Bada; Dr. Crosby Omotoriogun Biotechnology; Dr. Osuolale; Mr. Fadahunsi; Prof. Akinyele B.J., Dr. Ifesan B., Dr. Oyedeji O., Dr. O.O. Olaniyi, Dr. T.K. Bello and Dr. O.B. Oyetibo.
Prof. Ofelia Omitogun was head of the Department during 2013/14; 2014/2015session, Dr F.O Ekundayo 2015/2016, Prof A. S. Gbadebo in 2016/2017, Prof. O. O. Komolafe in 2017/18 academic session and Dr. O. E. Dada in 2018/2019; 2019/2020 while Professor B. J. Akinyele is currently overseeing the activities as the 7th head for 2020/21 academic session.
Members of staff in the Department are actively involved in ground-breaking research and have benefitted tremendously in both local and international grants. Among the outstanding researches won to the credits of staff members in the Department are the prestigious Association of Commonwealth University Fellowships, United Kingdom, The Africa Lasser Center (ALC) Research Grant Award, Academy of Medical Science: GCRF Networking grant, Frontiers of Development Seed Funding, 2019 USAID grant, Research Training Fellowship for Developing Countries’ Scientists (RTF-DCS), FEMS Research and Training Grant, Royal Academy of Engineering.
For student enrolment, the first batch of student numbering thirteen (13) was admitted into the Department. All the thirteen inaugural students willingly opted for Microbiology programme of which three (3) are female students and 10 are male. The student population has grown to twenty nine (29) in 2019/2020 academic session. A total of twenty six (26) students have graduated in the programme from 2016/2017 to 2018/2019 academic sessions. In 2019, the programme produced the overall best graduating student of the University with a CGPA of 4.91.
There are three laboratories serving the Microbiology programme. These are the main Microbiology laboratory, the Biology/Environmental Biology laboratory, and the Biotechnology/Biochemistry laboratory. All the three laboratories are domiciled in the Department of Biological sciences while part of the Biochemistry laboratory is domicile in the Department of Biochemistry. All the laboratories are fully air-conditioned and equipped with state-of- the- art equipment, such as -80 C Refrigerators, Centrifuges, Thermo-cyclers, Digital Photo documentation System for DNA, RNA and Protein Analyses, Incubator-shakers for fermentation studies, Photo-microscope, UV-Visible Spectrophotometers etc. A Biological Garden that will serve as field laboratory for our students as they study viral, fungal and bacterial pests and pathogens is being developed for production of graduates with practical skills that can help propel the country to industrialization.
In addition, there are internet facilities, projectors and other teaching aids for teaching and practical demonstrations. The B.Sc. (Hons) Microbiology programme earned its full accreditation status when delegates of the Nigerian University commission (NUC) visited in November, 2015.
Microbiology is a well-established discipline that deals with the scientific study of microorganisms. The programme presents recent advances in molecular and genetic variations in the microbial world. The microbiology programme also seeks to understand the biology, mechanism of operations; and evolution of microorganisms as well as possible ways to utilize them for the benefits of mankind. Moreover, the programme provides an in-depth understanding of the various aspects of microbiology such as environmental, food and Industrial, medical, pharmaceutical, petroleum microbiology with theoretical and practical applications in industries thereby providing prerequisite for post-graduation aspirations for future interest in other fields. The exposure of students to relevant local industries for practical experience during SIWES complements their classroom and laboratory exercises so that they are technologically competent, employable in the labour market or self-reliant to contribute to national productivity.
Aim and Objective
The aim is to provide requisite skill in basic microbiological techniques and laboratory procedures for public health significance. The objectives are to:
1. give the students broad exposure to the theory and practice of microbiology and to educate them in various applications of microbiology such as in medicine, industry, agriculture, environment and other fields of human endeavour;
2. make the students well equipped to take up careers as microbiologists in hospital, laboratories, public health institutions, research institutes, Universities, quality control laboratories in industries, environmental protection agencies, food and drug inspection agencies such as National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), or environmental Microbiology sections of oil companies, as teachers in post-primary schools, colleges of education, polytechnics and universities, as career civil servants and in any other organization where their training would afford them competence;
3. provide students with strong academic base and adequate knowledge in teaching and research in microbiology;
4. impart the core concepts, theories, principles and practices of microbiology into the students;
5. broadly educate students for positions in the industry, health sectors, research institutes and to prepare them for graduate and professional studies in the life applied areas of microbiology.
What we do
The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to producing new generation of scientists with broad and balanced foundation in life Sciences. The Department proudly offers degree programmes in Biotechnology, Environmental Management and Toxicology and Microbiology. Laboratories of each of the programme options are well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure hands on experience in the relevant fields of study. We have well qualified and highly motivated staff who are committed to ensure the delivery of quality and sound education to students through strict adherence to use of ICT-driven modes of Lecture delivery, well-structured courses, Lecture schedules, tutorials, relevant laboratory experiments and field trips in the respective programme.
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