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Philosophy, Objectives and Scope

The Department of Biochemistry aims at producing graduate biochemists who are not only equipped with knowledge in all the modern aspects of the discipline, but are also aware of the particular needs of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general in the special areas. Thus the degree programme lays much emphasis on such locally important topics as nutrition and food science; the biochemistry of the soil and of locally significant microorganisms, plants and animals; biochemical aspects of disease; the biochemical basis of chemotherapy, including African traditional medicine; human biochemical genetics.

Job Opportunities

There is an acute shortage of Biochemists at present to study the soils, fertilizers, feedstuffs, insecticides, plant and animal hormones, plant growth-regulators, herbicides, etc., particularly with special regard to the West African sub-region. Biochemical research workers are also needed for the provision of the basic biochemical knowledge which is lacking with regard to plant and animal nutrition and disease, the biochemical aspects of the germination, growth, repening and spoilage of fruits and crops, and several other such topics which are important to agriculture and veterinary science in West Africa.

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Dean: Prof. Florence I. Akaneme
Associate Dean: Prof. Victor N. Ogugua