Federal University of Technology,
Owerri

About the department of Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of life that is too small to see without a microscope. Bacteria, archaea, viruses, and unicellular eukaryotes occupy every conceivable habitat; from arctic ice to hydrothermal vents, from gastrointestinal tracts to deep rock formations, from pristine lakes to polluted bogs.

Microbiology spans all of biology and provides the foundation for molecular biology and biotechnology. FUTO's department of microbiology is dedicated to providing the quality education, through both teaching and research, necessary to meet the needs of this growing field.

Our graduates work in almost every industry—from food, agriculture and pollution control to biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and health. They also work in government agencies , labs and Environmental Protection Agency, water treatment facilities, and hospitals.

Part 1 (100 level)

Ist Semester

Elementary Mathematics I (MTH 101, 4 unit) more details

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General Physics I (PHY 101, 4 unit) more details

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General Chemistry I (CHM 101, 4 unit) more details

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Biology for Agric. & Biological Science I (BIO 101/103, 3 unit) more details

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Workshop Practice I (ENG 101, 1 unit) more details

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Engineering Drawing (ENG 103, 1 unit) more details

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Use of English I (GST 101, 2 unit) more details

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Humanities (GST 103, 1 unit) more details

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2nd Semester

Elementary Mathematics II (MTH 102, 4 unit) more details

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General Physics II (PHY 102, 4 unit) more details

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General Chemistry II (CHM 102, 4 unit) more details

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Biology for Agric. & Biological Science II (BIO 102/104, 2 unit) more details

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Workshop Practice II (ENG 102, 1 unit) more details

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Engineering Drawing II (ENG 104, 1 unit) more details

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Use of English II (GST 102, 2 unit) more details

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Social Science I (GST 108, 2 unit) more details

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Science Technology & Society (GST 110, 2 unit) more details

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Part 2 (200 level)

Ist Semester

Chemistry of Carbohydrates & Lipids (BCH 201, 3 unit) more details

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General Microbiology I (IMB 201, 3 unit) more details

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History and scope of microbiology; the general characteristics of microorganisms; prokaryotic & eukaryotic profiles; microscopy; bacterial morphology and cell structure; growth and reproduction of microorganisms; biochemical reactions of microorganisms; antimicrobial agents.

Physical Chemistry I (CHM 201 , 3 unit) more details

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Statistics (MTH 211, 3 unit) more details

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Computer Applications (CSC 201, 4 unit) more details

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Mathematical Methods I (MTH 201, 3 unit) more details

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Nigerian and African (GST 201, 1 unit) more details

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2nd Semester

General Microbiology II (IMB 202, 3 unit) more details

Systematic classification of bacteria, fungi, viruses, algae and protozoa. Microbial variation and heredity, host-parasite relationship, antigens and antibodies; cycles of elements in nature

Introductory Numerical Analysis (MTH 222, 3 unit) more details

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Inorganic Chemistry 11 (CHM 202, 3 unit) more details

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Organic Chemistry 11 (CHM 204, 3 unit) more details

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General Biochemistry11 (BCH 202, 2 unit) more details

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Biologyical Techniques (BIO 204, 2 unit) more details

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Ind. Economics (ECN 204, 2 unit) more details

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Part 3 (300 level)

Ist Semester

Bacteriology (IMB 301, 3 unit) more details

Review of the history of medical microbiology, Koch’s postulates and criticisms; microbe-human interactions; microbial associations; infections and disease types, sources, vectors; pathogenicity and virulence; host-defence mechanisms – non-specific and specific. Normal flora. The pyogenic cocci and their diseases. The gram-negative bacilli of medical importance. The gram positive bacilli of medical importance. The spirochaetes, mycobacteria, rickettsiae.

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Enzymology (BCH 301, 3 unit) more details

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Biochemical Techniques (BCH 303, 1 unit) more details

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Biostatistics Elective (BTC 301, 3 unit) more details

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Electives

Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 303, 3 unit) more details

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Organic Chemistry (CHM 305, 3 unit) more details

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2nd Semester

Genetics (MLB 301, 3 unit) more details

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Pharmaceutical Microbiology (IMB 302, 2 unit) more details

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Classification of anti-microbial agents; the chemistry of synthetic chemotherapeutic agent and antibiotics; production and synthesis of anthesis of antibiotics and microbial agents. Mode of action and assay of anti-antimicrobial agents; quality control of pharmaceutical products; concepts of growth and death in microorganisms; antibiotic sensitivity and resistance as related to microbial physiology.

Molecular Biology (MLB 303, 3 unit) more details

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Bacteriology (IMB 301, 3 unit) more details

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Review of the history of medical microbiology, Koch’s postulates and criticisms; microbe-human interactions; microbial associations; infections and disease types, sources, vectors; pathogenicity and virulence; host-defence mechanisms – non-specific and specific. Normal flora. The pyogenic cocci and their diseases. The gram-negative bacilli of medical importance. The gram positive bacilli of medical importance. The spirochaetes, mycobacteria, rickettsiae.

Enzymology (BCH 301, 3 unit) more details

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Biochemical Techniques (BCH 303, 1 unit) more details

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Biostatistics Elective (BTC 301, 3 unit) more details

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Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 303, 3 unit) more details

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Food Microbiology (IMB 304, 3 unit) more details

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Classification of food; classification of microorganisms important in food industry; factors influencing the growth of microorganisms; intrinsic parameters in food that affect microbial growth; bacterial food borne infections and intoxication; groups of bacteria important in food industry; principles of microbial food spoilage; principles of food preservation; microbiological aspect of food quality control. Equipment sanitation, locally fermented foods, food spoilage by insects and rodents.

Organic Chemistry (CHM 305, 3 unit) more details

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Microbial growth and growth kinetics (IMB 306, 3 unit) more details

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Nutrition of microorganisms, Nutrient media and factors that affect growth; cell and population growth; nutritional types of microorganisms; growth continuous culture system, synchronus culture; balanced and unbalanced growth, control of growth rate; growth kinetics and mathematics of population growth rate in batch and continuous culture. Derivation of equations for lag time, mean generation times and specific growth rate; growth inhibition and death in microorganisms. Sterilization and preservation procedures

Genetic Engineering (IMB 308, 3 unit) more details

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Replication, translation and transcription – a brief review. The genetic code and its relationship to cellular functions. DNA replication in cell-free system. Genetic transformation, transduction and conjugation. Gene mutation, mutagenic agents and their application to gene transfer. Gene mapping. Structure of eukaryotic genome. Recombinant DNA and its application.

Part 4 (400 level)

Ist Semester

Analytical Mricbiology & Quality Control (IMB 401, 3 unit) more details

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Microorganisms as reagents in quantitative analysis, selection of test organisms for assays (e.g. antibiotics, amino acids, vitamins, etc) responses of microorganisms used in assaying samples. Methods of assays. Interpretation of results; aspects of quality control; plant and equipment sanitation; microbiological standards and specifications.Pre-requisite IMB 201/202; BCH 201/202

Microbiology of Brewing (IMB 403, 2 unit) more details

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The culture of yeasts for alcoholic fermentation, batch and continuous fermentation systems in the brewing and related industries. Detection, isolation and identification of common yeast species of food and beer fermentation industries. Pre-requisite IMB 201/202

Microbial Physiology and Metabolism (IMB 405, 3 unit) more details

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The microbial cell and its structure. The cell envelope and appendages, reserved material and other cellular inclusions, endospores and persistent forms, pigment of microbes; membranes, chemiosmotic theory. Substrate uptake and entry into the cell; main energy pathways carbohydrate metabolism, anaplerotic reactions and gluconeogenesis, special fermentations. Nitrogen metabolism, monomer synthesis; polymer synthesis, regulation of metabolism.

Mycology(IMB 407, 3 unit) more details

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Structure, reproduction and classification of fungi; fungi activities in nature; laboratory techniques in mycology; pathology and immunology of the main mycotic diseases of man and domestic animals; superficial, deep-seated/systemic mycosis, mycotoxins and resultant mycotoxicoses in man and animals. Pre-requisite: IMB 201/202

Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology (IMB 409, 3 unit) more details

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Structure and replication of nucleic acids: current status of microbial genetics; microbial variation; mutagenesis; induction, isolation and biochemical characterization of mutants; adaptation, transduction, conversion and conjugation; techniques in microbial genetics; plasmids; gene manipulation. Pre-requisite: MLB 301, IMB 201/202

Microbial Physiology & Metabolism (IMB 495, 3 unit) more details

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Mycology (IMB 407, 3 unit) more details

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Microbial Genetics & Molecular Biology (IMB 409, 3 unit) more details

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Cell & Tissue Culture (BTC 403, 3 unit) more details

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Agricultural Biotechnology (BTC 405, 3 unit) more details

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2nd Semester

Pharmaceutical Microbiology (IMB 302, 3 unit) more details

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Food Microbiology (IMB 304, 3 unit) more details

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Mrcobial Groth Kinetics (IMB 306, 3 unit) more details

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Metabolic Pathays 1 (BCH 302, 3 unit) more details

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Biophysics (BCH 304, 2 unit) more details

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Genetic Engineering (IMB 308, 3 unit) more details

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Students Industral WORK Experience (SIW 400 / 401, 6 unit) more details

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Genral Ecology (BTC 306, 3 unit) more details

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Bionorganic Chemistry (BCH 308, 3 unit) more details

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Environmental Impact Assessment 1 (EVT 322, 2 unit) more details

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Part 5 (500 level)

Ist Semester

Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology 1 (IMB 501, 3 unit) more details

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A review of the history and current state of Industrial Microbiology; Nature of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology; Industrial microorganisms; culture collection, maintenance and preservation; Inoculum development; media formulation and optimization of fermentation media; Growth systems; Principles of microbial cultivation in aqueous systems; solid state cultivation and fermentation. Types of fermenter operations

Immunology and Immunochemistry (IMB 503, 3 unit) more details

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Basic concepts of immunology; structure of antigens; antigenic determinants; cellular response, genetics of response to antigenic stimulation. Structure and classification of immunoglobulin and antibodies; mechanisms and theories of antibody formation; role of lymphoid tissues and thymus in immune responses. Hypersensitivity, immunopathology, auto-pathology; auto-immunology, tumor and transplantation immunology; immunoprophylaxis and serotherapy, laboratory exercises for modern techniques in immunology and immunochemistry.

Seminar in Industrial Microbiology (IMB 505, 1 unit) more details

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Under the supervision of a staff, the student is expected to select a seminar topic for detailed study, using library methods. The emphasis should be on recent advances in the chosen area.

Research Project in Industrial (IMB 507, 2 unit) more details

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Environomental Microbiology (IMB 509, 3 unit) more details

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Advanced Microbiological & Biochemical Methods (IMB 511, 3 unit) more details

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Biosynthesis of Microbiology (BHC 405, 2 unit) more details

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Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (BCH 411, 2 unit) more details

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Phytochemistry (BCH 503, 2 unit) more details

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2nd Semester

Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology 11 (IMB 502, 3 unit) more details

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Organic feedstocks produced by fermentation: ethanol, acetone/butanol and glycerol; organic acids production: citric acid, gluconic acid, acetic acid, lactic acid; Amino acid production; commercial uses of amino acids, methods of production, strains for acid production. Production of individual amino acids; L-glutamic acid, L-lysine and L-asparagine, protease, lipases and penicillin acylases. Stabilization of enzymes and cells by cells by immobilization, bonding to carrier, incorporation within semi-permeable membrane. Antibiotic production – the microbial groups that produce antibiotic, classification of antibiotics. Biosyntheses of penicillin by Penicillium chrysogenum; Microbial transformations, types of bioconversion reactions, application of bioconversion, economically important transformations; bioleaching and metal recovery.

Microbial Ecology (IMB 504, 2 unit) more details

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Microbes and ecological theory; physiology, morphology and genetic adaptations of microorganisms to their environments, microbial interactions, Microorganisms in ecosystems. Microbial bioconversions. Pre-requisites: BIO 103, IMB 201/202

Soil Microbiology (IMB 506, 3 unit) more details

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The characteristics of soil environment, microbial flora and fauna of soil; microbial activities in soil; nitrogen cycle; carbon cycle etc; mineral transformation by microorganism. Ecological relations among the soil fauna and flora; soil pathogens; effects of pesticide on soil organism; Biodegradation and bio fuel generation, soil survey techniques. Pre-requisite IMB 201/202

Research Project in Indusrial (IMB 508, 4 unit) more details

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Applied Enzymology (BCH 502, 3 unit) more details

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Food Laws & Standards (FST 304, 2 unit) more details

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Biofuel & Biogass (BCH 510, 3 unit) more details

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Master Part 1 (100 level)

Ist Semester

General Microbiology(IMB/PD/501, 3 unit) more details

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General topics and concepts in microbiology will be covered here with particular emphasis on recent advances in the subject. The scope of microbiology, general characteristics of micro-organisms, forms and functions of microbial cells, growth and production, sterilization and disinfection, ecology and new approach to microbial taxonomy and systematic will be taught.

Microbial Ecology & Interaction(IMB/PD/511, 3 unit) more details

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In this course, microorganisms and the way they interact both with the environment and themselves will be discussed. Microbes and ecological theories: Morphological adaption of micro-organisms to their environment. Various aspects of microbial interactions, microorganisms in ecosystems and microbial bioconversion will be taught.

Microbial Physiology & Metabolism(IMB/PD/521, 3 unit) more details

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Various aspects of microbial physiology and metabolism will be taught, with particular emphasis on recent advances and findings in the area. Skeletal support in microbes nutrition, translocation and transport mechanisms in microbes will be examined. Metabolism and biosynthesis in microbes, energy generation via EMP, PPP (HMP), ED and other pathways will be discussed. The fate of pyruvate in anaerobic environments, T.C.A. and other cycle electron transport chain and bacterial cytochrome will be discussed. Energetics of microbial metabolism, regulatory metabolism, bacterial bioluminescence, kinetics of bacterial growth, batch and continuous cultures, cause and consequences of sporulation in microbes will be taught.

Microbial Genetics & Molecular Biology (IMB/PD/531 , 2 unit) more details

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General principle of genetics will be taught in this course. Chromosome theory of inheritance and variation. Nature and structure of chromosomes. Detailed discussion of the genetics of micro-organisms, genetics materials, conjugation, transfer of genetic materials etc will be discussed. Mutation, Recombinant DNA and genetic engineering, plasmids, cosmids etc will be examined.

Principles of Biotechnology(IMB/PD/541, 3 unit) more details

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General concept of Biotechnology will be reviewed. Microbes employed in the manufacturing industries, enzymes technology, enzymes immobilization, advantages over whole cell enzyme. Somatic cell continues and hybridization will be examined. Genetic engineering: DNA extraction, labeling hybridization, sequencing cutting and joining DNA molecules (restriction and legation). Gene cloning techniques; Application of biotechnology in fermentation, chemical, dairy and pharmaceutical industries, human warfare etc will be studied.

Immunology and Immunochemistry(IMB/PD/551, 2 unit) more details

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The general principles of immunology and immunochemistry will be examined. The nature, structure, synthesis and classification of immunogenic functions of immunoglobulins; immunogenicity and antigenicity; antigenic determinant and specificity. General properties of antigen. Antigen-antibody interaction, lymphocytes the complement co-operation of cell involved in immune response. Cellular and humoral immunity. Nature of immunological injury; monoclonal antibodies. Chemistry of immunoglobulins; techniques in immunology and immunochemistry will be taught.

Research Techniques and Instrumentation in Microbiology(IMB/PD/561, 2 unit) more details

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All techniques in research microbiology will be covered. Pure culture techniques, culture media, serological techniques, biochemical and other microbial identification techniques, detection, extraction and assay of microbial metabolites, preservation of microbial specimen, presentation of research results, methods of writing scientific projecting report and article for publication. Instrumentation, spectrophotometry and chromatographic techniques. Electrophoresis, quality control and aseptic techniques in microbiology.

2nd Semester

Industrial Microbiology(IMB/PD/502 ,3 unit) more details

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Details of the use of micro-organisms in industries will be examined. Production of microbial biomass, metabolite, microbial enzymes etc, will be taught. Industrial use of microbes in the production of alcoholic beverages, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food supplements, industries and laboratory hospital chemical will be discussed.

Food Microbiology(IMB/PD/512, 3 unit) more details

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General interaction between microbes and food will be discussed. Factors that affect microbial interaction with food and sources of microbes to food. Microbes and food production, food preservation, spoilage and quality control will be discussed. Effects of microbes or microbial enzymes on food production, organoleptic changes during food storage, preservation and food borne diseases will be examined.

Environmental Microbiology(IMB/PD/522, 3 unit) more details

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General interaction between microbes and materials in the environment will be examined. Microbial deterioration of materials, biodegradation of synthetic detergents, herbicides, insecticides and xenobiotics will be examined. Pollution and causes of water pollution, self purification of water, other methods of water purification and microbiological examination of water will be taught.

Public Health Microbiology(IMB/PD/532, 2 unit) more details

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General concepts of infectious diseases and their public health significance will be discussed. The role of microbes in health and diseases, the self cure phenomenon, oral health and microbes in human diseases will be examined. Opportunities pathogens, sexual transmitted diseases, application of host reactions to prevention and diagnosis of infections diseases. Epidemiology and preventive medicine principle and application of primary health care programmes. Zoonosis, zoonotic infections, management and control of public health problems resulting from air borne micro-organisms. Epidemiology and control of non-infective diseases; environmental sanitation personal hygiene and preventive medicine. Recommended immunization/vaccination schedules, surveillance and international control of infective diseases. Review of medical and health statistic.

Analytic and Quality Control Microbiology(IMB/PD/542,2 unit) more details

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This course will examine the use of microbes as tool in qualitative and qualitative analysis. As a practical course, it is designed to expose students to the ways of using microbes in assays, responses of micro-organisms in such assays and the interpretation of assays results. Preparation of assay materials will be studied. Plant and equipment sanitation will be examined including other aspects of industrial quality control. The use microbiological standards as quality determinant will be demonstrated in the aspects of food, water and other related products.

Mycology (IMB/PD/552, 2 unit) more details

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General characteristics of moulds and yeast, pathogenic fungi; types and diseases they cause. Methods for the isolation and identification of moulds and yeast. General classification of moulds and yeast. Economic importance of moulds and yeast.

Soil Microbiology(IMB/PD/562, 2 unit) more details

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This course intends to cover soil microorganisms. The role of microbes in soil nitrification in the management of tropical soil fertility. Soil cell. Soil formation and microbes; soil as a host to all biogeochemical agents; biological nitrogen fixation. The restorative effect on depleted soil by industrial waste and garbage.

Brewing and Fermentation Technology (IMB/PD/572 , 2 unit) more details

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Current trends in brewing and fermentation will be thoroughly discussed. Yeast technology application of microbes genetics in brewing and fermentation, brewing microbiology and the use of local inputs in brewing process. Fermentation, fermentors, bioreactors, pretreatment and purification, downstream processing characteristics of brewing and industrial fermentations.

Master Part 2 (200 level)

Ist Semester

Current topics in Microbiology(IMB/PD/507, 3 unit) more details

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In this course, the students are expected to choose and write on any current topic in his/her area of specialization, which he/she will present before the academic staff members of the schools who will ask questions and score him/her in situ. The student will also submit four bound copies of the written research seminar, which will be graded by three academic staff member of his/her discipline.

Research Project in Microbiology (IMB/PD/508, 4 unit) more details

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This involves purely a laboratory research investigation, which will be carried out by the student under close supervision of an academic staff. The research topic will be in the student’s area of specialization and the research findings presented in a scientific project report. Each student will be given an oral presentation and defend his/her research observations and result before a panel of internal and external examinates. But his grades in this course will be determined and scored by the external examiner.

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Master Part 1 (100 level)

Ist Semester

Food and Microbiology Option

Advanced General Microbiology (IMB 611, 4 unit) more details

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This course will cover advances in the field of microbial form and functions. It will also include details of microbial systematics, metabolism and physiology, microbial growth rate and instrumentation

Fermentation Technology/Microbiology (IMB 613, 3 unit) more details

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Historical developments in the fermentation industry and the biotechnology of fermentation will be examined. Use of microbial enzymes and their role in the fermentation industry; design of fermentation and fermentation control system: pH, form oxygen etc control. Indigenous fermentation processes and methods of optimization of the fermentation process. General consideration of solid state fermentation, tropical and oriental fermented foods and beverages. Ecology and physiology, and genetics of industrial micro-organisms. Trends in genetic engineering. Microbial proteins (SCP process, nutritional aspects, toxicity testing; utilization of hydrocarbons). Food enzymology.

Research Methodology (IMB 615, 4 unit) more details

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Novel techniques in microbial isolation and identification. Evaluation of different microbiological assessment methodologies and instrumentation. Review of microbiological and biochemical methods of analysis and other standard methods for the assessment or evaluation of microbiological samples. Basic research note keeping and documentation.

Advanced Food/Industrial Biotechnology(IMB 617, 3 unit) more details

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This course is designed to train graduates students for work in fermentation, pharmaceutical, food and related industries. The biochemistry of different industrial fermentation, the technology associated with the production of various products, the factors affecting the economics of different processes in the fermentation and allied industries are dealt with in this course. Biotechnology and applications in fermentation, agriculture, environment and industrial processes will be examined.

Advanced Microbial Ecology and Environmental Microbiology (IMB 619 , 3 unit) more details

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Microbes, their ecology and their environmental relationships will be examined in this course. Aspects of microbial ecology especially as it affects microbes and their environment will be looked into. Aspect of microbes in the environment, especially in the area of waste management and pollution. Control and environmental management will be examined. Microbes and geochemical transformation in their environment will be looked into.

Advanced Genetics and Molecular Biology(IMB 621, 3 unit) more details

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The course provides a detailed study of the genetics of microorganisms. It will discuss the nature of genetic materials; transfer of genetics materials among microbial species, gene mapping and gene regulation. Recombinant DNA and genetics engineering, restrictions enzymes, vectors in genetic engineering, secondary metabolites production will be examined.

Food Processing and Preservation(IMB 623, 3 unit) more details

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Food components, quality and indices of quality, methods of obtaining sensory information, consumer tests, biochemical and physiological changes in food plants, biochemical reactions underlying quality/organoleptic changes in food, colour changes, flavour production, changes in carbohydrates and lipids during processing. Browning reactions in foods and the microbial implications, raw materials and process suitability, principles and methods of preservation, thermal processing, (thermal destruction of spoilage/other micro-organisms.), Drying, freezing, chemical preservation and radiation methods; microbial stress. Quality control. Behaviour of food components ad micro flora during processing. Food packaging and microbial dynamics. Chemical preservative/additive. Legislation and control. Plant sanitation.

Environmental Microbiology Option

Advanced General Microbiology(IMB 611, 3 unit) more details

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This course will cover advances in the field of microbial form and functions. It will also include details of microbial systematics, metabolism and physiology, microbial growth rate and instrumentation

Fermentation Technology/Microbiology (IMB 613, 3 unit) more details

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Historical developments in the fermentation industry and the biotechnology of fermentation will be examined. Use of microbial enzymes and their role in the fermentation industry; design of fermentation and fermentation control system: pH, form oxygen etc control. Indigenous fermentation processes and methods of optimization of the fermentation process. General consideration of solid state fermentation, tropical and oriental fermented foods and beverages. Ecology and physiology, and genetics of industrial micro-organisms. Trends in genetic engineering. Microbial proteins (SCP process, nutritional aspects, toxicity testing; utilization of hydrocarbons). Food enzymology.

Research Methodology(IMB 615, 4 unit) more details

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Novel techniques in microbial isolation and identification. Evaluation of different microbiological assessment methodologies and instrumentation. Review of microbiological and biochemical methods of analysis and other standard methods for the assessment or evaluation of microbiological samples. Basic research note keeping and documentation.

Advanced Food/Industrial Biotechnology (IMB 627, 3 unit) more details

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Environment pollution and industrial development. Pollution phenomena. Roles of microorganisms in the pollution and de-pollution of environmental media. Biodegradation and co-metabolism of pollutants/xenobiotic compounds. Microorganisms in toxicity bioassays. Microorganisms as bio-monitors of environmental pollution. Microbial indicators of water quality. Pathogenic contamination of water, soil and air. Use of microbial mats in agro-forestry. Solid waste treatment and disposal. The roles of microorganisms in sewages and waste management. Microbiological principles in modern aqua-culture. Properties of marine bacteria (bioilluminescence). Sampling and culturing of marine microorganisms. Deep sea microbiology and barophgilism. Microbiology of mangrove swamps and marine sediments. Viable but non-culturable phenomenon.

Advanced Microbial Ecology and Environmental Microbiology (IMB 619, 3 unit) more details

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Microbes, their ecology and their environmental relationships will be examined in this course. Aspects of microbial ecology especially as it affects microbes and their environment will be looked into. Aspect of microbes in the environment, especially in the area of waste management and pollution. Control and environmental management will be examined. Microbes and geochemical transformation in their environment will be looked into.

Advanced Genetics and Application of Genetic Engineering(IMB 621, 3 unit) more details

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The course provides a detailed study of the genetics of microorganisms. It will discuss the nature of genetic materials; transfer of genetics materials among microbial species, gene mapping and gene regulation. Recombinant DNA and genetics engineering, restrictions enzymes, vectors in genetic engineering, secondary metabolites production will be examined.

Medical Microbiology Option

Advanced General Microbiology (IMB 611, 4 unit) more details

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This course will cover advances in the field of microbial form and functions. It will also include details of microbial systematics, metabolism and physiology, microbial growth rate and instrumentation

Pathogenic Bacteriology (IMB 603, 3 unit) more details

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Research Methodology(IMB 615, 4 unit) more details

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Novel techniques in microbial isolation and identification. Evaluation of different microbiological assessment methodologies and instrumentation. Review of microbiological and biochemical methods of analysis and other standard methods for the assessment or evaluation of microbiological samples. Basic research note keeping and documentation.

Advanced Medical Virology (IMB 609, 3 unit) more details

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Advanced Microbial Ecology and Environmental Microbiology (IMB 619, 3 unit) more details

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Microbes, their ecology and their environmental relationships will be examined in this course. Aspects of microbial ecology especially as it affects microbes and their environment will be looked into. Aspect of microbes in the environment, especially in the area of waste management and pollution. Control and environmental management will be examined. Microbes and geochemical transformation in their environment will be looked into.

Advanced Genetics and Application of Genetic Engineering(IMB 621, 3 unit) more details

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The course provides a detailed study of the genetics of microorganisms. It will discuss the nature of genetic materials; transfer of genetics materials among microbial species, gene mapping and gene regulation. Recombinant DNA and genetics engineering, restrictions enzymes, vectors in genetic engineering, secondary metabolites production will be examined.

2nd Semester

Food and Microbiology Option

Analytical Microbiology and Quality Control(IMB 622 , 2 unit) more details

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Advanced method by using microbes as tools in qualitative and quantitative analysis will be examined with a view of exposing the students to the various ways of using microbes in assay techniques. Quality control and standard method of industrial importance will be reviewed. The use of microbes for standardization or as assessment tool in industries will be reviewed.

Biodetorioration of Industrial Materials(IMB 624, 3 unit) more details

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Evaluation of materials and their susceptibility to biodegradation will be reviewed. Aspect of microbial degradation of organic substances and xenobiotics will be reviewed. Materials and the ease to biodeterioration will be discussed. The biodeteriorative role of microbes on materials such as paints, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, lubricants, kerosene, materials etc will be review. Biodeterioration control strategic and field work will be x-rayed.

Biodetorioration of Foods (IMB 626, 3 unit) more details

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Advanced Food Microbiology(IMB 628, 4 unit) more details

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The course involves detailed discussion on the microbiology of various foods – principally the indigenous fermented foods. Effect of microbes or microbial enzymes on the production, preservation and spoilage of food will be extensively examined. Microbial food borne infection and intoxication will be studied in relation to the intrinsic and extrinsic factors of the food. Microbial contamination of raw food materials of plant and non-plant origins (vegetables, fruits, and fruits, juices, protein foods, dried foods, sea foods). Microflora of public health significance. Food poisoning. Mechanisms of survival of organisms in foods; Microorganisms in preserved foods Microbial contamination during and after processing. Indices of sanitary quality of food, specifications and standards. Methods for detection and estimation of bacteria and toxins in foods (effect of bacteria endotoxins). Microbial toxinaemia. Mycotoxins, fruits and fruit products. Residual analysis

Advanced Public Health Microbiology (IMB 630, 2 unit) more details

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General aspects of public health microbiology will be discussed. Epidemiology, pathogenesis of pathogenic microbes and their control will be review. Impact of public health on the populace and the economy will be examined. General aspects of preventive approach to public health problems and the impact of public health will be reviewed.

Advanced Industrial Microbiology(IMB 632, 4 unit) more details

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Indigenous microbes and local microbiological oriented industries will be reviewed. Indigenous organism and indigenous fermentation. Optimization of indigenous production. Large scale production of microbial biomass, and metabolites. Conditions of fermentation increase in product output and product recovery harvest method will be treated. Microbial enzymes types and uses and application in industries.

Environmental Microbiology Option

Analytical Microbiology and Quality Control(IMB 622, 2 unit) more details

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Advanced method by using microbes as tools in qualitative and quantitative analysis will be examined with a view of exposing the students to the various ways of using microbes in assay techniques. Quality control and standard method of industrial importance will be reviewed. The use of microbes for standardization or as assessment tool in industries will be reviewed.

Biodetorioration of Industrial Materials(IMB 624, 2 unit) more details

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Evaluation of materials and their susceptibility to biodegradation will be reviewed. Aspect of microbial degradation of organic substances and xenobiotics will be reviewed. Materials and the ease to biodeterioration will be discussed. The biodeteriorative role of microbes on materials such as paints, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, lubricants, kerosene, materials etc will be review. Biodeterioration control strategic and field work will be x-rayed.

Petroleum Microbiology and Environmental Bio-remediation(IMB 642, 3 unit) more details

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Origin, occurrence, composition and importance of crude oil (Petroleum); Exploitation of microbial resources in the petroleum Industry; Oil prospecting/exploration; Microbes associated with oil recovery and degradation; Microbial metabolism of straight–chain, branches and cyclic alkanes; pathways for hydrocarbon degradation; Microbial breakdown of petroleum related compound and xenobiotics and the problem they pose to the environment; Oil pollution; Microbial remediation of hydrocarbon polluted environment; Hydrocarbon degradation by bacteria, fungi and algae; Range of microbial genera within and around the petroleum industry and their role; microbial products from hydrocarbon substrates; Effect of petroleum hydrocarbon on microbial population and environment; Environmental related studies in the petroleum industry – EIA, PIA, EER etc Introduction to bioremediation. Laboratory treatability studies, microbiological protocols and analytical methodologies. Microbiological site characterization. Bioengineering of soils and groundwater. Remediation design. Monitoring requirements. Bioremediation of surface and subsurface soils. Bioremediation of heavy metals. Use of microbial mats in bioremediation. Bioremediation in freshwater and marine systems. Aerobic and Anoxic/anaerobic processes to environmental problems. Anaerobic digestion of municipal solid wastes and biogas generation. Composting. Bioremediation case studies. Regulatory considerations in environmental bioremediation

Advanced Public Health Microbiology (IMB 630, 3 unit) more details

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Advanced Industrial Microbiology(IMB 632, 4 unit) more details

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Indigenous microbes and local microbiological oriented industries will be reviewed. Indigenous organism and indigenous fermentation. Optimization of indigenous production. Large scale production of microbial biomass, and metabolites. Conditions of fermentation increase in product output and product recovery harvest method will be treated. Microbial enzymes types and uses and application in industries.

Medical Microbiology Option

Medical Parasitology and Entomology(IMB 620, 3 unit) more details

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Analytical Microbiology and Quality Control Microbiology (IMB 622, 2 unit) more details

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Advanced method by using microbes as tools in qualitative and quantitative analysis will be examined with a view of exposing the students to the various ways of using microbes in assay techniques. Quality control and standard method of industrial importance will be reviewed. The use of microbes for standardization or as assessment tool in industries will be reviewed.

Medical Immunology and Immunochemistry(IMB 634, 3 unit) more details

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Advanced Public Health Microbiology(IMB 630, 3 unit) more details

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General aspects of public health microbiology will be discussed. Epidemiology, pathogenesis of pathogenic microbes and their control will be review. Impact of public health on the populace and the economy will be examined. General aspects of preventive approach to public health problems and the impact of public health will be reviewed.

Medical Mycology(IMB 638, 3 unit) more details

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Emphasis will be place on the study of morphological and patho-physiological characteristics of fungi as well as their pathogenesis. Current advances in fungi systems will be examined with particular reference to their pathogenicity. Fungi as an opportunistic pathogen of infections; fungal enzymes. Economic importance of moulds and yeast will be treated.

Culture Techniques in Med. Microbiology (IMB 640, 4 unit) more details

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Master Part 2 (200 level)

Ist Semester

Food and Microbiology Option

Current Topics in Food/Industrial Microbiology(IMB 601, 2 unit) more details

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Masters students are expected to choose and write on any current topic in applied microbiology. This seminar must be presented before the academic staff members of the school who will ask questions and as well score the candidate in situ. Therefore the student must submit bound copies of the written research seminar that will be graded by their academic staff members of his/her discipline.

Research Project: Must be on Food/Industrial Microbiology(IMB 602 , 6 unit) more details

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Every M.Sc. student must carry out a laboratory based research work in his/her second year under the supervision of an academic staff that is not below the rank of a Senior Lecturer in the department. The research area will be in the student’s area of specialization and the research findings presented in a scientific project report. Each student must give an oral presentation and defend his/her research observation and results before a panel to be headed by an external examiner whose score will be the only one acceptable to the department.

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Environmental Microbiology Option

Current Topics in Environmental Microbiology(IMB 601 , 2 unit) more details

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Masters students are expected to choose and write on any current topic in applied microbiology. This seminar must be presented before the academic staff members of the school who will ask questions and as well score the candidate in situ. Therefore the student must submit bound copies of the written research seminar that will be graded by their academic staff members of his/her discipline.

Research project in Environmental Microbiology(IMB 602 , 6 unit) more details

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Every M.Sc. student must carry out a laboratory based research work in his/her second year under the supervision of an academic staff that is not below the rank of a Senior Lecturer in the department. The research area will be in the student’s area of specialization and the research findings presented in a scientific project report. Each student must give an oral presentation and defend his/her research observation and results before a panel to be headed by an external examiner whose score will be the only one acceptable to the department

Medical Microbiology Option

Seminar, Current Topics in Medical Microbiology(IMB 601, 2 unit) more details

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Masters students are expected to choose and write on any current topic in applied microbiology. This seminar must be presented before the academic staff members of the school who will ask questions and as well score the candidate in situ. Therefore the student must submit bound copies of the written research seminar that will be graded by their academic staff members of his/her discipline

Research Project(IMB 602, 6 unit) more details

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Every M.Sc. student must carry out a laboratory based research work in his/her second year under the supervision of an academic staff that is not below the rank of a Senior Lecturer in the department. The research area will be in the student’s area of specialization and the research findings presented in a scientific project report. Each student must give an oral presentation and defend his/her research observation and results before a panel to be headed by an external examiner whose score will be the only one acceptable to the department.

2nd Semester

Ph.D Part 1 (100 level)

Ist Semester

2nd Semester

Ph.D Part 2 (200 level)

Ist Semester

2nd Semester

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Dr (Mrs.) Justina Chibuogwu Orji (nee Okolo)

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email:

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Environmental Management (Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt)

  • Post-graduate Diploma (PGD) Management (University of Nigeria, Nsukka)

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) Industrial Microbiology (University of Nigeria, Nsukka)

  • Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Microbiology (Second Class Hons, Upper Division) (University of Nigeria, Nsukka)

Research Interests

Applied Microbiology

Primary Teaching Area

Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Member, of departmental Planning, Postgraduate and Procurement committees involved in formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of departmental programs and policies – 2004 till date.
  • Departmental examination officer from 2005 till 2010.
  • Member, University lecture series.
  • Member, Third World Organisation for Women in Science (TWOWS).
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology.
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology.

Honours

  • Best Departmental Student of Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka in the year 1986/87
  • Hon. Chief Ifeanyi Enechukwu Prize to the best graduating student in Microbiology University of Nigeria, Nsukka in the year 1986/87.

Profile

The roles microorganisms play in nature are increasingly being harnessed through optimizing their vast metabolic and physiological capabilities to man’s advantage. Microbes have been known to play principal roles in biogeochemical cycling of elements and the activities of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on plant growth and development are well documented. Dr. Orji’s research is centered on investigating the impact environmental pollutants have on microorganisms and how microbial activities could be optimized to facilitate the clean-up of environmental pollution. She is also interested in investigating the possibility of developing microbial cultures or consortia for use as agricultural inoculants to improve crop yield.

Publication

  • Orji, J. C., Nweke, C. O., Nwabueze, R. N., Anyanwu, B. N., Chigbo, L. O. and Nwanyanwu, C. E. 2011. Effects of abattoir wastes on ammonium and nitrite consumptions in a tropical fresh water ecosystem. Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 4 (6): 590-600.
  • Orji, J. C., Uzoho, B., Enwerem, J. O. and Ezuruike, W. 2011. Assessment of the impact of kerosene and diesel on soil nitrogen mineralisation. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 6(11):2486-2493.
  • Orji, J. C. and Ogwude,D. (2009). Effects of phenolic compounds on periplasmic nitrate reductase and dehydrogenase enzymes of Escherichia sp. Nigerian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 24 (2):11-16.
  • Orji, J.C., Nweke, C. O., Nwabueze, R. N., Nwanyanwu, C., Alisi, C. S. and N. Ebuta (2009). Production and properties of ?-amylase from Citrobacter species. Revista Ambiente e Água – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Science: v. 4, n. 1, p45-57.
  • Orji, Justina C., Nweke, ,Christian O., Nwabueze, Rose N., Anyaegbu, Blessing.,Chukwu, Juliet. C., Chukwueke, Chinyere P. and Nwanyanwu, Christopher. E. (2008). Impacts of some divalent cations on periplasmic nitrate reductase and dehydrogenase enzymes of Escherichia, Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter species. Revista Ambiente e Água – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Science: v. 3, n. 2, p5-18.
  • Okolo, J.C; C. O. Nweke, R. N. Nwabueze, C. U. Dike and C. E. Nwanyanwu (2007).Toxicity of phenolic compounds to oxidoreductases of Acinetobacter species isolated from a tropical soil. Scientific Research and Essay Vol. 2 (7), pp. 244-250
  • Adieze, I. E.; Orji, J. C.; Nwabueze, R. N. and Onyeze, G. O. C. (2012) Hydrocarbon stress response of four tropical plants in weathered crude oil contaminated soil in microcosms. International journal of Environmental studies.
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Mr. Anyanwu Valentine Enyinna

Graduate Assistant

Contact Information

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Master of Science (M. Sc.) Industrial Microbiology (University of Port Harcourt, PH, Rivers State) - In-view.

  • Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Microbiology (First Class Honors) (Imo State University. Owerri.)

Research Interests

  • Applied Microbiology.

  • Molecular Biology/Genetic Engineering

  • Biotechnology.

Primary Teaching Area

Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Management.

Honours

  • Best Departmental Student of Microbiology, Imo State University, Owerri – 2006/2007.
  • Dean’s Award of Academic Excellence, Imo State University, Owerri – 2006/2007.
  • Vice Chancellor’s Award of Academics Excellence, Imo State University, Owerri – 2006/2007

Profile

Microorganisms are undoubtedly a unique and astonishing gift of nature to Man. Though microbes could be double faced in their functions, it is an established fact that they could be explored to better Human existence. The use of these organisms and their metabolites in Biosynthesis, Biotransformation, Biodegradation and Enhanced Oil Recovery are few of such positive exploration of Microbes. Interestingly, these Organisms could be manipulated at the gene level and through process optimization for better results. Mr. Anyanwu’s research interests are centered at exploring and manipulating Microorganisms for real time Industrial, Environmental, Pharmaceutical and Medical advances that will result into a scientific patent, advancement and revolution. Finally, newer systems, aspects, fields and research approaches in reference Nanotechnology, Quorum sensing, Micromanipulation and Bioinformatics have gained popularity. A loop into these will have outstanding and endless possibilities.

Publication

  • Nwachukwu, M.I., Uwaezuoke, J.C., Nwachukwu, I.O., Ukaga, C.N. and Anyanwu, V.E. (2009). Phytochemical analysis and antimicrobial activities of extracts of Calyces of Hibiscus sabdariffa var. altissima on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Nig. J. Microbiol. 23(1): 1892 – 1896.
  • Nwachukwu, M.I, Ukaga, C.N., Udujih, O.S., Anyanwu, V.E. and Nwachukwu, O.I. (2009). Phytochemical screening and antibacterial effect of Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle) leaf extract on Staphylococcus aureus. J. Bio. Environ. Sci. 3: 17 – 19.
  • Nwachukwu, M.I., Uwaezuoke, J.C., Eziuzor, S.C., Nwachukwu, I.O., and Anyanwu, V.E. (2010). Effect of Nickel toxicity on mixed Microbial population from New Calabar River, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Int. Sci. Res. J. 2: 6 – 9.
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Cynthia Kelechi Akaluka

Graduate Assistant

Contact Information

Email:

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) Microbiology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State(2008/2009).

Research Interests

Applied Microbiology

Primary Teaching Area

Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Assistant Laboratory Technologist (NYSC), Department of Microbiology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State (March 2011-July 2011).
  • Assistant Microbiologist (Industrial Training), Fidson Healthcare Plc, 38 Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Sango-Ota, Ogun State (June 2008-December 2008).

Honours

  • Mrs Margret Nwaiwu’s prize for the Best Graduating Student of the Department of Microbiology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria (2008/2009).
  • Federal University of Technology Owerri Women Association (FUTOWA) prize for the Best Graduating Female Student in Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria (2008/2009).
  • Dean’s prize for the Best Graduating Student in School of Science, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria (2008/2009).
  • University’s prize for the overall Best Graduating Student in Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria (2008/2009).

Profile

Microbiologists have been faced with many exciting and important challenges such as finding new ways to identify and combat diseases, use microorganisms in biogas production as well as reduce pollution. Miss Akaluka has keen interest in employing microorganisms in bioremediation to reduce pollution and in biotransformation of waste into beneficial materials for agriculture. She is also interested in the use of natural sources as alternatives to synthesized antibiotics in the treatment of diseases.

Publication

  • Braide, W., Oranusi, S. U., Akaluka, C. K., Nwaoguikpe, R. N., Akobondu, C. I. and Peter-Ikechukwu, N. I. (2012). Antibacterial Efficacy of Crude and Diluted Honey on Four Wound Isolates. Global Advanced Research Journal of Microbiology. 1(1):001-004.
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Okechukwu I. Oguoma

Assistant Lecturer

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

None

Research Interests

  • Immunosuppression and Immunology
  • Food Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

Primary Teaching Area

Immunology and Immunochemistry, Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology

Other Experience

  • Member, American Society for Microbiology.
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology.
  • Member, Foundation for African Development through International Biotechnology [FADIB].

Profile

The Bursa of Fabricus which is an important tissue in the study of Gumboro disease in birds. This disease is highly contagious and affects young chickens, characterized by the destruction of the Lymphoid organs and particularly the Bursa of Fabricus, where ß-lymphocytes mature and differentiate, and causing immunnosuppression in birds. My special interests are in the control of Infectious Bursal Disease, immunnosuppression, immunological effects on the birds and in food microbiology.

Publication

  • Oguoma, O.I., Ezeifeka, G.O., Egbuonu, A.V., Mbata, T.I and Amadi, E.S(2012). Effect of oral and intra-rectal infectious Bursal Disease Vaccination on immune response against Newcastle Disease in chicks. New York Science Journal;5(4).
  • Braide,W.,Oranusi,S.,Nwaoguikpe,R.N.,Akobondu,C.,Oguoma,O.I.,(2011).Cocoyam(Colocasia esculenta):An alternative raw material for vinegar production. Current Topics in Biotech.Vol.6,41-47
  • Braide, W.,Oranusi, S.,Udegbunam, L.I., Oguoma, O., Akobondu, C.,and Nwaoguikpe, R.N.,(2011).Microbiological quality of an edible caterpillar of an emperor moth,Bunaea alcinoe. Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment.Vol.3(3)
  • Oranusi, S.,Madu, S.A., Braide, W., and Oguoma, O.I.,(2011).Investigation on the safety and probiotic potentials of yoghurts sold in owerri metropolis in Imo state Nigeria. Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials.Vol.3(6),146-152.
  • Amadi, E.S., Oguoma, O.I., Ibekwe, V.I., Abanobi, S.E., and Chikata, N.A. (2011). Prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility of coagulase negative Staphylococci isolated from Eziobodo community inhabitants. 19th Annual Conference of the Foundation for African Development through International Biotechnology. (FADIB); 9th -10th November, IMT, 2011 pp.7.
  • Amadi, E.S., Oladimeji, S.A. , Ononiwu, C.E., Aballa, N., Omale, J.J., Aneke, F.A., Oguoma, O.I, and Udoye, A. (2010). Prevalence of multi-drug resistant staphylococci among patients and work environment of a Dental institution and the effects of local plants. 34th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM), 18th -22nd October, FUTO 2010, pp. 156.
  • Ukoha, C.C., Ezeifeka, G.O., Oguoma, O.I and Amadi, E.S (2010). Effect of adjuvants on intramuscularly vaccinated broilers against Newcastle Disease virus. 34th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM), 18th -22nd October, FUTO 2010, pp.146.
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IFECHUKWU ENYINNAYA ADIEZE

Doctor

Contact Information

Email:

Academic/Professional Qualifications

None

Research Interests

  • Bioremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soils.
  • Phytoremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soils.
  • Studies on plant-microbial systems for remediation of petroleum hydrocarbon-polluted soil.
  • Isolation of native biosurfactant producing bacteria species and the optimization of their activity.
  • Monitoring of the quality of water samples from rivers and municipal supplies to determine factors affecting portability and quality.

Primary Teaching Area

  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbial Physiology and Metabolism
  • Genetic Engineering.
  • Bacteriology
  • General Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Investigations into disease outbreaks, particularly Staphylococcal and Salmonella food poisoning outbreaks.
  • Routine and reactive inspection on catering facilities to ensure compliance of premises to public health standards.
  • Giving lectures on food hygiene and food poisoning to food handlers.

Profile

My research focuses primarily on microbial ecology. A large part of my current research is directed towards examining the microbial biodegradation of hydrocarbon compounds present in crude oil, the production and use of microbial surfactants in remediation of crude oil polluted soil. I have also research interests in the monitoring of the quality of water samples from rivers and municipal supplies to determine factors affecting portability and quality, and the spread of resistance among clinical bacterial isolates in the hospital environment.

Publication

  • Adieze, I. E.; Orji, J. C.; Nwabueze, R. N. and Onyeze, G. O. C. (2012) Hydrocarbon stress response of four tropical plants in weathered crude oil contaminated soil in microcosms. International journal of Environmental studies.
  • Ihejirika, C. E., Ogbulie, J. N., Nwabueze, R. N., Orji, J. C., Ihejirika, O. C., Adieze, I. E., Azubike, O. C. and Ibe, I. J. (2011) Seasonal influences on the distribution of bacterial pathogens and waterborne diseases transmission potentials of Imo River, Nigeria. Journal of Research in Biology. 3:163 – 172.
  • Ogbulie, J. N; Adieze, I. E and Nwankwo, N.C. (2008) Susceptibility pattern of some clinical bacterial isolates to Selected Antibiotics and disinfectants. Polish Journal of Microbiology. Vol.57. 199 – 204.
  • Adieze, I. E. (2007) Phytoremediation: a potential environmental technology for the restoration of petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated sites. Proceedings 2007 National Workshop on Environmental Degradation and Sustainable livelihoods in the Niger Delta. Port Harcourt.
  • Adieze, I. E.; Nwabueze, R. N. and Onyeze, G. O. C. (2003) Effects of Poultry manure on the Microbial utilization of hydrocarbons in Oil-polluted soil. Nigerian Journal for Microbiology. Vol. 17 12 – 16.
  • Nwabueze, R. N. and Adieze, I. E. (1998) Intestinal parasite infection in Children in Rural and Urban areas of Abia State, Nigeria. Journal of Innovations in life sciences. Vol. 3. 58 – 62.
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WESLEY BRAIDE

Assistant Lecturer

Contact Information

Email:

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D., 2009, Applied Microbiology, Rivers State, University of Science and Technology.

  • M.Phil., 1997, Applied Microbiology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

  • B.Sc., 1990, Applied Biology (Microbiology option), Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

Research Interests

  • Food and Industrial Microbiology.
  • Medical Microbiology.
  • Applied Microbiology.

Primary Teaching Area

Food and Industrial Microbiology.

Other Experience

  • Mangrove Revegetation Studies (SPDC).
  • Environmental Engineering (EPNL, NAOC).
  • Environmental Studies.
  • Environmental Evaluation Reports/Studies (EPNL).
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Studies (SPDC)
  • Post-Impact Assessment Studies (Mobil, Chevron, SPDC).
  • Baseline Studies (EPNL, SPDC).
  • Waste Management (TPOCON).
  • Pest Control/Management (Chevron, Wilbros, NNPC, EPNL)
  • Treatment and Disposal of Lead Batteries (Topcopn, Warri).
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Dredge Spoils, Pilot Project, (SPDC, Port Harcourt).
  • Mangrove rehabilitation/Regeneration, Pilot Project, (EPNL, SPDC).
  • Treatment and Disposal of Drill Cuttings, (Chevron, Port Harcourt).
  • Proposal on Sewage/Sludge Treatment Plant (PTF, Abuja).
  • Proposal on Water Treatment Plant (PTF, Abuja).
  • Technical Proposal on Niger Delta Environmental Survey Phase II (NDES, Lagos).
  • Technical Proposal on Environmental Impact Assessment Studies of Seabed Survey (Topcon, Warri).
  • Technical Proposal on Post Impact Assessment Studies (SPDC, Port Harcourt.)
  • Technical Proposal on Environmental Impact Assessment Studies of DPR Requirement (SPDC, Port Harcourt.)
  • Technical proposal on Mangrove Revegetation (NAOC, Port Harcourt).
  • Waste Inventory Studies/Report (EPNL, Port Harcourt).
  • Technical Proposal on Environment Evaluation Report (EPNL, Port Harcourt).
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals (MNISP).
  • Member, Nigerian Environmental Society (MNES).
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology (MNSM).
  • Member, Nigerian Mycological Society (MNMS).
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology (MASM).

Profile

Dr. Wesley Braide has been researching into alternative source(s) of food rich in proteins , amino acids and other useful minerals and vitamins to solve the problem of food scarcity , safety and malnutrition especially in Africa and other underdeveloped countries. Enormous research in the nutritional qualities and microbiological characteristics of an edible larva of lepidopteran, Bunaea alcinoe has yielded fruitful results. The study explored the microbiological characteristics and nutritional quality of the ubiquitous larva of the emperor moth, B. alcinoe. The work showed that the larva of the edible lepidopteran contains all the essential amino acids and a very high level of protein (53.2%) as well as many genera of potentially pathogenic bacteria and moulds in the raw and traditionally processed forms, and therefore requires care in handling in order to minimize danger to the consumers. In particular, the presence of certain bacteria and fungi on the raw and processed larva has public health implications because of toxins associated with these organisms. The study also revealed that the microbial flora of the larva originated from the leaf microflora which serves as food for the larva. If carefully processed, the larvae holds potential as a highly nutritious and sustainable food source for man, particularly in mitigating the prevalent problems of protein energy malnutrition. These findings constitute an important contrition to knowledge.

Publication

  • W. Braide., T.G.Sokari., R.N.Nwaoguikpe and S.I.Okorondu (2008). Microbes from soils associated with metamorphosing moth larvae. Current Trends in Microbiology, 4: 11-14.
  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe., E.U.N.Nwoke and W.Braide (2008). Antibacterial efficacy of the extracts of cinchona bark. Current Trends in Microbiology, 4: 97-102.
  • W.Braide., M.Mbata., R.N.Nwaoguikpe and A.T.Aniesona. (2009). Microbiological and proximate characteristics of an edible long-winged reproductive termites (Macroterms bellicosus Smeathman). Journal of Biological and Health Development, 2(1): 77-86.
  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe W.Braide (2009). Phytochemical analysis and the antisickling effects of the extracts of Ocimium gratissimium, Vernonia amygdalina and Solanum melongena. International Journal of Biosciences, 4(2): 43-51.
  • S.I.Okorondu., W.Braide., T.E.Ogbulie and C.O.Akujobi (2006). Antimicrobial and phytochemical properties of some traditional spices. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, 20(3): 1301-1308.
  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe., O.A.Ojiako and W.Braide (2007). Nutritional evaluation of some edible vegetables and spices. Nigerian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 27(1): 157-162.
  • W.Braide., T.G.Sokari., A.D.Hart and R.N.Nwaoguikpe. (2009). Microbiology of the gut content of an edible caterpillar of an emperor moth, Bunaea alcinoe. Current Trends in Microbiology, 5:31-36.
  • O.C.Ikpeze., W. Braide and J.N.Ogbulie (2009). Antibacterial efficacy of the crude extracts of the ash of cincoma bark. In: Proceedings of the 5th National Conference of the Society for Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (SOSEH), November 11-14, 2009 at the Main Auditorium, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. pp 135-142.
  • W.Braide., T.G.Sokari and A.D.Hart. (2010). Nutritional quality of an edible Caterpillar of a lepidopteran, Bunaea alcinoe. Advances in Science and Technology, 4(1): 49-53.
  • S.I.Okorondu., T.G.Sokari., C.O.Akujobi and W.Braide. (2010). Phytochemical and antimicrobial properties of Musa paradisiaca stalk plant. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 2(3): 128-132.
  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe., W.Braide and T.I.N.Ezejiofor. (2010). The effect of aloe vera plant (Aleo barbadensis) extracts on sickle cell blood (hbss). African Journal of Food Science and Technology, 1(3): 58-63.
  • R.K.Obi., C.C.Okangba., F.C.Nwanebu., U.U.Ndubuisi., I.C.Mgbemene and W.Braide. (2010). Relationship between HIV/AIDS and poverty: A case study of two cities in Abia State, Nigeria. Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 2(6): 356-360.
  • S.I.Okorondu., I.V.Nedosa., B.Wesley and C.O.Akujobi. (2009). Ethanol production from cassava. Current Topics in Biotechnology, 5: 65-70.
  • S.I.Okorondu., L.E.Aririatu., E.C.Chinakwe and W. Braide (2010). Antibacterial properties of Picralima nitida seed extract. Current Trends in Microbiology, 6: 13-19.
  • W. Braide., C. Akobundu., R.N.Nwaoguikpe and L.C.Njiribaeko (2011). The use of extracts from four local Nigerian plants for the staining of selected bacteria and moulds. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 5(1): 82-89.
  • W. Braide and R.N.Nwaoguikpe (2011). Production of ethanol from cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta). International Journal of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 3(3): 64-66.
  • W. Braide and L.I.Udegbunam (2010). Microorganisms associated with the faecal droppings of the caterpillar of an emperor moth, Bunaea alcinoe. Current Trends in Microbiology, 4: 55-60.
  • W. Braide and R.N.Nwaoguikpe (2011). Assessment of microbiological quality and nutritional values of a processed edible weevil Caterpillar (Rhychophorus phoenicis) in Port Harcourt, Southern Nigeria. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, 5(2): 410-418.
  • W.Braide., S. Oranusi., R.N. Nwaoguikpe., C. Akobondu and L.I.Udegbunam (2011). Cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta): An alternative raw material for vinegar production. Current Topics in Biotechnology, 6: 41-47.
  • W.Braide., S. Oranusi., R.N. Nwaoguikpe., C. Akobondu and L.I.Udegbunam (2011). Microbiological quality of an edible caterpillar of an emperor moth, Bunaea alcinoe, Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment, 3(5): 176-180.
  • W.Braide., T.G.Sokari., A.D.Hart , R.N.Nwaoguikpe and C. Akobondu. (2011).The nutritional status of seven species of plant leaves as food for an edible larva of a lepidopteran, Bunaea alcinoe. Trends in Entomology, 6: 89-94.
  • W. Braide., R.N. Nwaoguikpe ., S .E Oranusi., L.I.Udegbunam., C. Akobondu and S.I. Okorondu (2011). The effect of biodeterioration on the nutritional composition and microbiology of an edible long- winged reproductive termite Macroterms bellicosus. Smeathman. Internet Journal of Food Safety, 13:107-114
  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe. and W.Braide (2010). Some fruit juice as environmental sickling agents. World Journal of Medical Sciences, 5(4): 98-104.
  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe., W.Braide and C.O.Ujowundu (2011). The effect of processing on the proximate and phytochemical composition of Mucuna pruriens seeds (velvet Beans). Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 10(10): 947-951.
  • R.N,Nwaoguikpe., W.Braide and C.O.Ujowundu (2011). Biochemical composition and antimicrobial activities of seed extracts of Avocado (Persea americana). Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials, 3(7): 184-190.
  • S.Oranusi., S.A.Madu., W.Braide and I.O.Oguoma (2011). Investigation on the safety and priobiotic potentials of yoghurts sold in Owerri metropolis in Imo State, Nigeria. Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials, 3(6): 146-152.
  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe and W.Braide (2011). The effect of aqueous seed extracts of Persea americana (Avocado pear) and serum lipids and cholesterol levels in rabbit. African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology Research, 1(2): 023-029.
  • W. Braide., S.U. Oranusi., C.K. Akaluka., R.N. Nwaoguikpe., C.I. Akobundu and N.I. Peter-Ikechukwu (2012). Antibacterial efficacy of crude and diluted honey on four wound isolates. Global Advance Research Journal of Microbiology, 1(1): 001-004.
  • W. Braide (2012). Perspective in the microbiology of the leaves of three plant species as food for edible caterpillar of an emperor moth. International Journal of Research in Pure and Applied Microbiology, 2(1): 1-6.
  • U.S. Oranusi and W. Braide (2012). A study of microbial safety of ready-to-eat foods vended on highways: Onitsha-Owerri, South east Nigeria. International Research Journal of Microbiology, 3(2): 066-071.
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CHIKWENDU, CHINWE IFEYINWA

Lecturer 1

Contact Information

Email:

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D., 2012, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

  • M.Sc.,2005, Microbiology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria.

  • MBA, 1997, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria

  • B.Sc., 1989, Microbiology, University of Benin, Nigeria

Research Interests

  • Medical Microbiology.
  • Environmental and Veterinary Microbiology
  • Food Microbiology.
  • Microbial genetics and Genetic Engineering

Primary Teaching Area

Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), 2009 – Date.
  • Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM), 2006 – Date.
  • Society for Applied microbiology (SFAM), 2006 – Date.
  • Organization of Women Scientists in the Developing World (OWSDW), 2006 – Date.
  • Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), 2006 – Date.
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM), 2004 – Date.

Profile

Microorganisms are ubiquitous and as old as time itself. As well as being detrimental to human health and sometimes the environment particularly in the area of industrial and food spoilage, they can be harnessed for our benefit and can even serve as food. To enable and equip themselves to survive in the sometimes harsh environments they find themselves, as well as escape destruction by man, they produce certain substances and chemicals including antibiotics and siderophores. They also produce substances that make them antagonistic to other microbes. These are called bacteriocins. Incidentally, man in his desire to harness the benefits of these substances, being antimicrobial in nature, have inadvertently abused usage leading to resistance by the same microbes they are meant to destroy. This has led to failures in medical therapy as well emerging and reemerging resistant organisms. One way to beat this trend is by adequate knowledge of mechanisms of resistance and incidence in environments that we may consider remote from health care settings. Dr. Chikwendu’s interest is the study of these mechanisms by which bacteria express resistance to these antibiotics to escape destruction, possibility of transfer of genetic information between distant species, conditions that could affect bacterial survival in the environment they find themselves, reservoirs of resistance genes. Knowledge of these will further equip us as we continue this age long battle with bacterial species and may be able to finally contain their destructive tendencies.

Publication

  • Chikwendu, C. I., S. N. Ibe and G. C. Okpokwasili. (2011). Detection of blaSHV and blaTEM Beta-lactamase Genes in Multi-resistant Pseudomonas Isolates from Environmental Sources. African Journal of Microbiology Research 5(15): 2067-2074.
  • F. Obi, R. K., Nwanebu, F. C., Chikwendu, C. I. Ndubuisi-Nnaji, U. U., Okangba, C. C., Orji, N. M. (2011). Concurrent Parasitosis in the Liver of Seropositive Hiv Patients Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences. 5(5): 599-609.
  • 3. F. C. Nwanebu, O. A. Ojiako, R. K Obi, C. I. Chikwendu and C. R. Igwiro. (2011). Microbial Succession in Meat Spoilage. International Journal for Environmental Health and Human Development. 12(1): 33-38.
  • Chikwendu, C. I., Amadi, E. S. and Obi, R. K. (2010).Prevalence and Antimicrobial Resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae Isolated from Non-Clinical Urine Samples. New York Science Journal 3(1): 194-200.
  • 5. Chikwendu, C.I. (2010). Vancomycin and Methicillin Resistance in Staphylococcus aureus isolated from Animal Wastes and Aquatic Samples. A paper presented at the 18th Annual Conference/Workshop of the Foundation for African Development through International Biotechnology (FADIB), held in Enugu, 23rd – 26th November 2010. 18:127-131.
  • Ogueke, C. C., Chikwendu, C. I., Iwouno, J. O and Ogbulie, J. N. (2010). Effects of Crude Ethanol Extract of Nauclea latifolia on some Clinical Isolates of Food Importance and its Toxicological Potentials. New York Science Journal. 3 (9): 97-105.
  • Chikwendu, C. I., Anyanwu, B. N. and Nwabueze, R. N. (2008). Antibiotic resistance profile of Escherichia coli from clinically healthy pigs and their commercial farm environments. African Journal of Microbiology Research 2: 012 – 017.
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Amadi Ekperechi Sabinus

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • PhD , 2004, Medical Microbiology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

  • M.Sc , 1995, Microbiology (Medical Virology), University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria.

  • B.Sc (Hons), 1990, Microbiology, Imo State University, Okigwe, (Now, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria)

  • Certificate, 1994 HIV/AIDS Education (AFRICARE)

  • Certificate, 1995 HIV Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (WHO)

Research Interests

  • Medical (Dental) Microbiology
  • Medical Virology
  • Public Health

Primary Teaching Area

Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Lecturer II, department of applied microbiology, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria 1998.
  • Lecturer I, department of applied microbiology, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria 2002.
  • Senior Lecturer, department of microbiology, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria 2005.
  • Head, department of applied microbiolgy, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki Nigeria, 2001 – 2005.
  • Member, Nigeria Society for Microbiology (NSM).
  • Member, National Publicity Secretary (PRO), NSM 2010- Date
  • Member, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN).
  • Member, Foundation for African Development through International Biotechnology (FADIB).
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Profile

The discovery of antibiotics many years ago marked a major mile stone in the history of microbial disease treatment and control. However, the emergence and re-emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of most pathogenic organisms, particularly in recent times, has posed a big challenge to the management of infectious diseases. Dr. Amadi and co-workers had over the years determined the prevalence rate of some pathogens in Eastern Nigeria and their susceptibility to commonly used antibiotics. The occurrence of Extended spectrum Beta lactamase (ESBL) enzymes among the resistant pathogens as well as their molecular characterization has been ascertained in some cases and still on going. Further, the effect of crude medicinal plant extracts on some isolated resistant pathogens has been conducted. Further determination and characterization of these extracts are still on course. Newcastle Disease (ND) remains a paramount problem to poultry industry in Nigeria. In this regard, the occurrence rate of Newcastle disease virus has been determined in some areas of Eastern Nigeria as well as the effects of local adjuvant. Further efforts in the area of vaccine delivery techniques and identification of lentogenic/avirulent strains of the virus are our current interest. In Nigeria, public health parasitic diseases have remained a big threat to the populace over the years. Efforts to determine their actual spread and distribution are vital to their prevention and control. Dr. Amadi and colleagues has previously determined the prevalence and prevention strategies of some common public health diseases such as malaria. The current research interest is on hand hygiene practices among different categories of people and indigenization of hand hygiene in public and private places.

Publication

  • Iroegbu, C.U and Amadi, E.S (2004). Ecological and Serological Evidence of enzootic circulation of Newcastle Disease virus strains among free-roaming avian species in Nsukka environment, Nigeria. Bull. Anim. Hlth. Prod. Afr. 52(1) : 13-20. ISSN : 0378-9721
  • Nwakpu, K.O., Ezeifeka, G.O., Amadi, E.S and Uneke, C.J (2004). Screening of Anthoclesta djalonensis, Nauclea latifolia and Zanthoxylum species for antibacterial activity. Journal of Health and Visual Sciences. 6(1): 39-43. ISSN : 1119-2006.
  • Uneke, C.J., Jagun, B.I., Duhlinska, D.D., Nwakpu, K.O and Amadi, E.S (2004). Assessment of clinical acquired Toxoplasmosis using Toxoplasma gondii Igg-ELISA in human Immunodeficiency virus(HIV) infected patients in Jos, Nigeria. World Journal of Biotechnology, 5(1): 790-795. ISSN : 1119-0957.
  • Uneke, C.J., Mafuyai, H.B., Njoku, O.M., Chuga, G and Amadi, E.S (2004). Prevalence of sub-urban intestinal Schistosomiasis in Jos, Nigeria. Journal of Biomedical Sciences in Africa, 2(1): 59-61. ISSN : 1597-216X.
  • Inyama, P.U., Uneke, C,J., Anyanwu, G.I., Idoko, J.H and Amadi, E.S (2004). Carriage rate of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) in HIV infected patients In Jos, Nigeria. Journal of Health and Visual Sciences. 6(3): 171-175. ISSN : 1119-2006.
  • Ogbu, O., Amadi, E.S and Sobka, U.A (2004). Detection of antibody against Newcastle Disease virus among free roaming pigeons in Agege, Lagos, Nigeria. Journal of Biomedical Sciences in Africa. 2(2): 45-46. ISSN : 1597-216X.
  • Uneke, C.J., Inyama, P.U., Anyanwu, G.I., Idoko, J.H., Amadi, E.S and Ngwu, M.E (2005) Malaria and HIV co-infection in Jos, Plateau: Implication for Malaria control Journal of Biomedical Sciences in Africa. 3(1): 10-12. ISSN : 1597-216X.
  • Amadi, E.S., Uneke, C.J., Elom, S.O and Olabamiji, S.O (2005). Treatment of skin infection with traditional black soap: in vitro effect on Staphylococcus aureus. Journal of Health and Visual Sciences. 7(2): 72-75. ISSN : 1119-2006.
  • Ogbu, O., Nworie, O., Echeonwu, G.O.N and Amadi, S.E (2006). Isolation and characterization of Newcastle Disease Virus and its potential for development of thermostable vaccine for tropical climate. Journal of Information, Communication and Computing Technologies. 2(2): 134-138. ISSN : 0794- 6910
  • Amadi, E.S., Enemuo, O.B., Uneke, C.J., Nwosu, O.K., Onyeagba, R.A and Ugbogu,O.C (2007). Asymptomatic bacteriuria among pregnant women in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Journal of Medical Sciences. 7(4): 698-700. ISSN : 1682-4474. http://www.ansinet.org/jms.
  • Amadi, E.S., Oyeka, C.A., Onyeagba, R.A., Ugbogu, O.C and Okoli, I (2007). Antimicrobial screening of Breynia nivosus and Ageratun conyzoides against Dental caries organism. Journal of Biological Sciences. 7(2): 354-358. ISSN : 1727-3048. http://www.ansinet.org/jbs
  • Amadi, E.S., Oyeka, A., Onyeagba, R.A., Okoli, I and Ugbogu, O.C (2007). Studies on the antimicrobial effects of Spondias mombin and Baphia nittida on Dental caries organism. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 10(3): 393-397. ISSN : 1028-8880. http://www.pjbs.org
  • Orji, I., Ezeifeka, G., Amadi, E.S and Okafor, F (2007). Role of Enriched media in bacterial isolation from semen and effects of microbial infection on semen quality: a study on 100 infertile men. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 23(6 ): 885-888. ISSN : 1682-024X. http://www.pjms.com.pk
  • Amadi, E.S., Nwosu, O.K., Ekekwe, J.O and Iroha, I.R (2007) Asymptomatic urogenital tract infections among pregnant women in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Journal of Applied and Natural Sciences. 2(1) : 15-18. ISSN : 2006- 411X.
  • . Ikeagwu, I.J., Amadi, E.S and Iroha, I.R (2008). Antibiotic sensitivity pattern of Staphylococcus aureus in Abakaliki, Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences . 24(2):231-235. ISSN : 1682-024X. http://www.pjms.com.pk
  • Iroha, I.R., Adikwu, M.U., Amadi, E.S ., Aibinu, I., Esimone, C.O., (2008). Characteristion of Extended Beta Lactamase producing E. coli from secondary and tertiary hospitals in South Eastern Nigeria. Research Journal of Microbiology, 3( 7): 514-519. ISSN : 1816-4935 http://www.academicjournals.net/jm DOI: 10.3923/jm.2008.514.519
  • Iroha, I.R., Amadi, E.S., Orji, J.O and Esimone, C.O (2008). In vitro evaluation of the activity of colloidal silver concentrate against Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from post operative wound infection. Scientific Research and Essay, 3(5): 209-211. ISSN : 1992-2248. http://www.academicjournals.org/SRE
  • Amadi, E.S., Oyeka, C.A., Okoli, I., Ihedioha, J.I and Iroha, I.R (2009). Dental caries inhibition in albino rats by Breynia nivosus extract. Research Journal of Medicinal Plants.3(1): 1-8. ISSN : 1819-3455. http://www.academicjournals.net/rjmp
  • Ogbu, O., Agumadu, N., Uneke, C.J and Amadi, E.S (2008). Aetiology of acute infantile Diarrhea in the southeastern Nigeria: An assessment of Microbiological and antibiotic sensitivity profile. The Internet Journal of Third World Medicine. Volume 7, Number 1. ISSN : 1539-4646. http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xm1File path=journals/ijtwm/front.xml.
  • Iroha, I.R., Amadi, E.S., Adikwu, M.U and Esimone, C,O (2008). Detection of plasmid Borne extended spectrum beta lactamase enzymes in clinical isolates of Escherichia coli from a community General Hospital. International Journal of Molecular Medicine and Advanced Sciences. 4(2): 45-48. ISSN 1813-176X. http://www.medwelljournals.com/ijmmas.
  • Iroha, I.R., Esimone, C.O and Amadi, E.S (2008).A comparative study on the prevalence of malaria parasite among HIV sero-positive and sero-negative individuals in Abakaliki Nigeria. African Journal of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology. 9(3): 136-141 ISSN: 1595-689X . http://www.ajol.info/journals/ajcem
  • Nwaziri, A.A., Ezeifeka, G.O and Amadi, E.S (2008). Susceptibility of Laboratory Rodents and Chicks to colonization with Gardnerella vaginalis. Canadian Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences. 2(3) : 547-550. ISSN : 1715-9997. http://www.cjpas.net
  • Iroha, I.R., Amadi, E.S., Orji, J.O., Agabus, A.C., Oji, A.E and Esimone, C.O (2008). The interaction between Gentamicin and Floroquinolones against extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL) producing clinical isolates of Escherichia coli. Trends in Medical Research. 3 (2): 90-94. ISSN : 1819-3587. DOI: 10.3923/tmr.2008.90.94 http://www.academicjournals.net/tmr
  • Iroha, I.R., Amadi, E.S., Agabus, A.C and Oji, A.E (2008). Susceptibility pattern of Extended spectrum Beta Lactamase producing Klebsiella pneumoniae from clinical isolates. The Internet Journal of Microbiology, 5(2): ISSN : 1937-8289 http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlFilepath=journals/ijmb/current.xml
  • Amadi, E.S., Iroha, I.R., Odeta, N.P., Ilang, D.C., Chime, E.C., Umeatuenyi, K.C and Ayogu, T.E (2008). Microbial Reduction and Coagulation study on turbid Onuebonyi River Abakaliki using Moringa oleifera seeds. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, 22(1): 1759-1763. ISSN: 0794-1293 http://www.nsmjournal.org
  • Ezeifeka, G.O., Nzewi, K.P and Amadi, E.S (2008). Effect of oil adjuvanted Newcastle Disease vaccine on immune response in chickens. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology 22(1): 1754-1758. ISSN : 0794-1293 http://www.nsmjournal.org
  • Onyido, A.E., Okolo, P.O., Obiukwu, M.O and Amadi, E.S (2009). A survey of vectors of Public Health Diseases in un- disposed refuse dumps in Awka town, Anambra State, Southeastern Nigeria. Research Journal of Parasitology. 4(1):22- 27. ISSN : 1816-4943. http://www.academicjournals.net/rjp
  • Amadi, E. S., Oyeka, C.A., Okoli, I., Ihedioha, J.I and Iroha, I.R (2009). Anticaries effects of Baphia nittida extract in albino rats. European Journal of Dentistry and Medicine 1(1): 1-7 ISSN 1996-3378. http://www.scialert.net/ejdm. DOI: 10.3923/ejdm.2009.1.7
  • Amadi, E.S., Uzoaru, P.N., Orji, I., Nwaziri, A.A and Iroha, I.R (2009). Antibiotic Resistance in clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Enugu and Abakaliki, Nigeria:The Internet Journal of Infectious Diseases; 2 (1) http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlPrinter=true&xmlFilePath=Journals/ijid
  • Ayogu, T.E and Amadi, E.S (2009). Studies on the antibacterial activities of medicinal plants on Typhoid fever organism. The Internet Journal of Third World Medicine; Volume 7, Number 2. . ISSN : 1539-4646 http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlPrinter=true&xmlFilePath=journals/ijtwm
  • Iroha, I.R., Ezeifeka, G.O., Amadi, E.S and Umezurike, C.R (2009). Occurrence of Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase producing Resistant Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in clinical isolates and associated risk factors. Research Journal of Biological Sciences. 4(5): 588-592. ISSN : 1815-8846. http://www.medwelljournals.com/rjbs
  • Iroha, I.R., Amadi, E.S., Nwuzo, A.C and Afiukwa, F.N (2009). Evaluation of the antibacterial activity of extracts of Sida acuta against clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients. Research Journal of Pharmacology. 3(2): 22-25 http://www.medwelljournals.com/rjp
  • Iroha, I.R., Adikwu, M.U., Esimone, C.O., Aibinu, I and Amadi, E.S (2009). Extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) in E. coli isolated from a tertiary hospital in Enugu State, Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences. 25(2): 279-282. ISSN : 1682-024X. http://www.pjms.com.pk
  • Amadi, E.S., Ononiwu, C.E., Aballa, N., Oladimeji, S.A., Aneke, F.A., Aneke, C.O and Azeez, OMF (2009). Seroprevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus among patients attending Federal Dental Clinic Enugu, Nigeria. Internet Journal of Dental Science . Volume 7 Number 2 ISSN: 1937-8238 http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlPrinter=true&xmlFilePath=journals/ijds
  • Ozumba, N.A., Onyido, A.E., Nwosu, E.O., Ekwunife, C.A and Amadi, E.S (2009). Field Trials Test on the efficacy and Residual effect of Bistar R 10wp on Mosquitoes and other household arthropod pests. The Internet Journal of Tropical Medicine. Volume 6, No. 1. http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlPrinter=true&xmlFilePath=journals/ijtm
  • Onyido, A.E., Ezike, V.I., Ozumba, N.A., Nwosu, E.O., Ikpeze, O.O., Obiukwu, M.O and Amadi, E.S (2009). Crepuscular Man-Biting Mosquitoes of a Tropical Zoological Garden in Enugu, South Eastern Nigeria. The Internet Journal of Parasitic Diseases. Volume 4, No. 1. http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlPrinter=true&xmlFilePath=journals/ijpd
  • Amadi, E.S., Ononiwu, C.E., Aballa, N., Oladimeji, S.A., Aneke, F.A and Aneke, C.O (2009). The Epidemiology of Hepatitis C virus infection among patients attending the Federal Dental Clinic Enugu. Trends in Medical Research. 4(4): 91-95. ISSN: 1819-3587. http://www.academicjournals.net/tmr
  • Onyido, A.E., Deezia, N.P.L., Obiukwu, M.O and Amadi, E.S (2009). Ecology of Man-Biting Mosquitoes in the development site of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Southeastern Nigeria. The Internet Journal of Health, Volume 9, No. 2. http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlPrinter=true&xmlFilePath=journals/ijh
  • Iroha, I.R., Amadi, E.S., Oji, A.E., Nwuzo, A.C and Ejike-Ugwu, P.C (2010). Detection of Plasmid Borne Extendede spectrum Beta lactamase enzymes from blood and urine Isolates of Gram negative bacteria from a University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. Current Research in Bacteriology, 3(2): 77-83. ISSN: 1994-5426. http://www.ansinet.org/crb
  • Nwaziri, A.A., Ezeifeka, G.O and Amadi, E.S (2010). The effect of Gardnerella vaginalis on infertility and pregnancy of albino rats. The Internet Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Vulume 12, Number 2 http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlPrinter=true&xmlFilePath=journals/ijgo
  • Onyido, A.E., Ozumba, N.A., Ezike, V.I., Nwosu, E.O., Chukwuekezie, O.C and Amadi, E.S (2010). Surveillance studies of Aedes stegomyia Mosquitoes in three ecological locations Of Enugu, South-Eastern Nigeria. The Internet Journal of Infectious Diseases.Volume 8, Number 1 http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlPrinter=true&xmlFilePath=journals/ijid.
  • Amadi, E.S and Oyibo, P.G (2010). The impact of Maternal Malaria Parasitaemia on Pregnancy outcomes in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, 24(1): 2038-2042. ISSN 0794-1293. http://www.nsmjournal.org
  • Onyido, A.E., Agbata, V.O., Umeaneto, P.U., Obiukwu, M.O and Amadi, E.S (2010). Malaria burden and Vector Abundance in a sub-urban community in the rainforest Zone of Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, 24(1): 2224-2230 ISSN 0794-1293. http://www.nsmjournal.org
  • Okonkwo, E.C., Amadi, E.S., Idioha, J.C., Nworie, O., Nwuzo, A.C and Onwe, J.C (2010). Prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis among pregnant women in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. International Journal of Current Research, 11:011-015. ISSN : 0975-833X. http://www.journalcra.com
  • Oyibo, P.G., Amadi, E.S and Nwonwu, E.U (2010). Prevalence of Malaria Parasitaemia and Malaria related Anaemia among Parturients in Abakaliki, South East Nigeria. Journal of Biomedical Sciences in Africa, 8(1&2): 62-70. ISSN: 1597-216K
  • Chikwendu, C.I., Amadi, E.S and Obi, R.K (2010). Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from non- Clinical urine samples. New York Science Journal, 3(11): 194- 200. ISSN : 1554-0200. http:www.sciencepub.net
  • Iroha, I.R., Oji, A.E., Nwosu, O.K and Amadi, E.S (2011). Antimicrobial activity of Savlon, Izal and Z-Germicide against clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from Hospital wards. European Journal of Dentistry and Medicine. 3(1): 32-35. ISSN 1996-3378. http://www.scialert.net/ejdm.
  • Amadi, E.S., Ononiwu, C.E., Aballa, N., Oladimeji, S.A., Sofoluwe, K.B., Omale, J.J., Aneke, F.A., Chikwendu, C.I and Onyido, A.E (2011). Hepatitis B and C Virus Co-infections Among Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected Patients in Enugu, Nigeria. New York Science Journal, 4(6): 72-76. ISSN: 1554-0200 http://www.sciencepub.net/newyork.
  • Onyido, A.E., Ozumba, N.A., Ezike, V.I., Nwosu, E.O., Amadi, E.S., Obiukwu, M.O., Chukwuekezie, O.C and Umeanaeto, P.U (2011). Breeding and Biting activities of Yellow Fever Mosquitoes in two urban communities with dilapidating infrastructures. Nature and Science, 9(9): 93-98. ISSN:1545-0740 http://www.sciencepub.net.
  • Onyido, A.E., Azubuike, J., Amadi, E.S., Obiukwu, M.O., Ozumba, N.A and Ikpeze, O.O (2011). A survey of Public Health Disease Vectors Breeding in Refuse Dumps in Onitsha Metropolis, Anambra State, Nigeria. New York Science Journal, 4(9): 34-39. ISSN: 1554-0200. http://www.sciencepub.net/newyork.
  • Onyido, A.E., Amadi, E.S., Olofin, I., Onwumma, A.A., Okoh, I.C and Chikwendu, C.I (2011). Prevalence of Entamoeba gingivalis and Trichomonas tenax among dental patients Attending Federal School of Dental Technology and Therapy Clinic Enugu, Nigeria. Nature and Science, 9(9): 59-62. ISSN: 1545-0740, http://www.sciencepub.net.
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Nwanyanwu Christopher Ezeh

Senior Lecturer

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

None

Research Interests

Ecophysicotoxicology/Industrial Microbiology

Primary Teaching Area

Microbiology

Other Experience

None

Profile

The synthetic chemical compounds and its use has permeated every aspects of modern life. A particular widespread group of these chemical is phenol and its derivatives. Phenol enters the environment through wastewater discharges from a variety of industries. Phenol is very toxic to all forms of life even to those aerobic mesophilic microorganisms that utilize it as a sole source of carbon and energy. Measurement of microbial dehydrogenase activity is used in the assessment of ecotoxicological impact of environmental substrates as the enzymes are intracellular. Tetrazolium salts are reduced by viable cells and not by dead cells. This property has been used in agriculture to assess seed viability and since then many other applications were reported including the use of triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) in microbiology. The current research is aimed at assessing growyh responses of petroleum refinery effluent bacteria to phenol

Publication

  • Nwanyanwu C.E. 2011. Physiological stress response of sediment bacteria to interacting effects of petroleum refinery effluent. Intern. J. Nat. Appl. Scie. 7(1): 22 -28.
  • Nwanyanwu C.E. and Abu G.O.2011. Influence of pH and inoculum size on phenol utilization by bacterial strains isolated from oil refinery effluent. Intern. J. Nat. Appl. Scie. 7(1): 55 -61.
  • Nwanyanwu C.E. and Abu G.O.2011. Assessment of viability responses of refinery effluent bacteria after exposure to phenol stress. J. Res. Biol. 8: 594-602.
  • Nwanyanwu C.E. and Abu G.O. 2010. In vitro effects of petroleum refinery wastewater on dehydrogenase activity in marine bacterial strains. Revita Ambiente and Agua 5: 21 – 29.
  • Nwanyanwu C.E. 2010. Tolerance of phenol-utilizing bacteria to heavy metals in the Aba River sediment. Intern. J. Nat. Appl. Scie. 6(1): 55 -61.
  • Orji J.C., Nweke C.O., Nwabueze R.N., Nwanyanwu C.E., Alisi C.S. and Etim-Osowo E.N. 2009. Production and properties of a- amylase from Citrobacter species. Rev. Ambi. Aqua. 4: 45 – 57.
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Sylvester Ifunanya Okorondu

Lecturer 1

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph. D. Applied Microbiology, 2010

  • M. Sc. Industrial Microbiology, 1998

  • B. Tech. Industrial Microbiology, 1992

Research Interests

  • Biodegradation.
  • Fermentations.
  • Medicinal plants and Culture media formulation.

Primary Teaching Area

Industrial Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Quality Controller (Microbiology), EMCEEA Pharmaceutical Company, Mgbidi, Imo State, 1995-1996.
  • Field Officer, UNICEF Sponsored Project (Vitamin A Food Fortification Programme) 1996.
  • Marketing officer, Consolidated Estates Building Society Limited, Orlu (Mortgage Bankers)1998-2000.
  • Quality Controller (Microbiology), Afrik Pharmaceuticals Plc, Awo-Omamma, Imo State. 2000.
  • Member, Nigerian Society of Microbiology.
  • Member, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria.

Profile

Biodegradation, the chemical dissolution of materials by bacteria or other biological means. Microbial biodegradation of pollutants has intensified in recent years as humanity strives to find sustainable ways to clean up contaminated environments. Dr S. I. Okorondu and Dr C. O. Akujobi have worked on the Effects of Animal Wastes Treatments of Diesel Polluted Soils on Hydrocarbon-Utilizing Microbial Counts and Oil Degradation among others. Fermentation of food is the process of converting carbohydrate sugar to alcohol and carbon dioxide or organic acids using yeasts, bacteria or a combination. Useful products such as ethanol and other alcohols are produced from fermentation of less expensive and readily available food materials. Dr S. I. Okorondu has worked on Ethanol Production from Cassava Medicinal plants are various plants used in herbalism that have medicinal values. More than 50% of the world’s population relies mainly on plants and plants extracts for health care. There is need for us to identify medicinal plants around us and make use of them in our health care as they do not have side effects as do chemically produced drugs. Dr S. I. Okorondu has done a lot of work on medicinal plants and their antimicrobial properties. Culture media are used to grow microorganisms in the laboratory. Efforts are been made to formulate culture media that could achieve desired result as the conventional media and at the same time less expensive. Recently, Dr S. I. Okorondu has worked on Gari extract agar as a culture media for mycological studies.

Publication

  • Akujobi, C. O., Nwaugo, V. I., Abanno, U. N. and Okorondu, S. I. (2009). Effects of Animal Wastes Treatments of Diesel Polluted Soils on Hydrocarbon-Utilizing Microbial Counts and Oil Degradation. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 5(2): 157-163.
  • Akujobi, C. O., Njoku, H. O., Abanno, N., Okorondu, S. I. and Ogbulie, J. N. (2009). Effect of Different Organic Nutrient Supplements on the Total Heterotrophic Counts and Diesel Oil Degradation in Diesel Polluted Soil. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, 3(6): 1480-1490.
  • Akujobi, C. O., Odu, N. N., Okorondu, S. I. and Nwachukwu, I.N. (2010). Growth inhibition of Amp C B-lactamase producing Escherichia coli and Metallo B-lactamase producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa by components of Aloe vera. Current Trends in Microbiology, 6:35-40.
  • Akujobi, C. O., Odu, N. N. and Okorondu, S. I. (2012). Detection of Amp C Beta lactamase in clinical isolates of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella. African Journal of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology, 13:51-55.
  • Braide, W., Nwaoguikpe, R. N., Oranusi, S. E., Udegbunam, L. I., Akobundu, C., Okorondu, S. I. (2011). The effect of biodegradation on the nutritional composition and microbiology of an edible long-winged reproductive termite, Macroterms bellicosus. Smeathman. Internetl Journal of Food Safety, 13:107-114
  • Okorondu, S. I., Sokari, T. G., Okorondu, M. M. O., and Akujobi C. O. (2009). Phytochemical and Antibacterial Properties of Acalypha wilkesiana Plant. International Journal of Tropical Agriculture and Food Systems, 3(3): 208-211.
  • Okorondu, S. I., Sokari, T. G., Okorondu, M .M. O. and Chinakwe, E. C. (2009). Phytochemical and Antibacterial Properties of Acalypha hispida Leaves. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 5(2): 191-194.
  • Okorondu, S. I., Sokari, T. G., Akujobi, C. O., and Braide, W. (2010). Phytochemical and Antibacterial Properties of Musa paradisiaca Stalk Plant. International Journal of Biological Science, 2(3): 128-132.
  • Okorondu, S. I., Nedosa, I. V., Wesley, B., and Akujobi, C. O. (2009). Ethanol Production from Cassava. Current Topic in Biotechnology, 5:65-70.
  • Okorondu, S. I., Aririatu L.E., Chinakwe E.C., and W. Braide. (2010). Antibacterial Properties of Picralima nitida Seed Extract. Current Trend in Microbiology, 6: 13-19.
  • Okorondu, S. I., Mepba, H. D., Okorondu, M. M. O. and Aririatu, L. E. (2010). Antibacterial Properties of Musa Paradisiaca Peel Extract. Current Trend in Microbiology, 6: 21-26
  • Okorondu, S. I., Sokari, T. G., Akujobi, C. O., and Ogbulie, J. N. (2011). Gari extract agar as a culture media for mycological studies. Current Topics in Biotechnology, 6:35-39
  • Okorondu, S. I. (2011). Evaluation of the Antifungal Properties of Picralima nitida Seed extracts. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 7(1):41-46
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Vincent Ifeanyi Ibekwe

Professor

Contact Information

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D., 1991, Microbiology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

  • M.Sc., 1986, Microbiology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

  • B.Sc., 1983, Microbiology, University of Ife (Now OAU) Ile Ife.

Research Interests

  • Applied Microbiology.
  • Drug Screening and Extraction of Active Ingredients from parts of Medicinal Plants.
  • Plant Pathology.
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Primary Teaching Area

  • Food/Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology.
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology.
  • Microbial Genetics.
  • Public Health and Environmental Microbiology.

Other Experience

  • Member, Foundation for African Development through International Biotechnology (FADIB).
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM).
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Plant Protection(NSPP).
  • Member, International Society for Biosafely Research (ISBR).
  • Member, Nigerian Mycological Society (NMS).
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM).
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (MNISLT).
  • Member, Parasitological and Public Health Society of Nigeria (PPSN).
  • Justice of Peace (JP).
  • Member of Editorial Board of some learned Journal.

Profile

Professor Vincent I. Ibekwe has successfully carried out Scientific Research and Development in different areas in the field of Microbiology. Currently, he is developing techniques that will support the establishment of an aspect of Science Laboratory Technology through drug discovery especially in the area of Drug Screening and Traditional Medicine, Biotechnology, Environmental Impact Assessment and Waste Management.

Publication

  • Ibekwe, V. I., Onyia, G. O. C. and Ibekwe L. C. (2000) Chemical and Microbiological Analyses of Sludge from Palm Oil Processing J. Environ. & Toxicol, 2:35-37.
  • Ibekwe V. I., Ubochi, K. C. and Anyanwu, B. N. (2000) The Prevalence of Penicillin Resistance in Organisms that Cause Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Port Harcourt, Nigeria Int J. Environ Health Res. 10:251-255.
  • Ibekwe, V. I. (2000) Chemical Control of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) Seed Decay Caused by Macrophomina phasoelina, Colletotrichum truncatum and Fusahum equiseti in Storage J. Agic. Rural Dev. 7(1): 10-26.
  • Ibekwe, V. I. and Oladiran, A. 0. (2000) Studies on the Post harvest Rots of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) Seeds in Southwestern Nigeria J. Agric. Rural Dev. 7(1): 68-78.
  • Ibekwe, V. I. (2000) Physiology of Fungi Associated with Seed Decay of Cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) in Storage in Southwestern Nigeria Int J. Environ. Health and human Dev. 7(1) 8-17.
  • Ibekwe, V. I. (2000) Biodeterioration and Spoilage in Our Environment: A Review Int J. Environ. Health and Human Dev. 7(1): 47-50.
  • Ibekwe, V. I., Onyia, G.O.C. and Madukwe, F. O. (2000). Microbiological and Physiochemical Analysis of Produced water from Crude Oil Pipeline at Bonny Terminal Int J. Environ. Health and Human Dev. 1(2)18-22.
  • Ibekwe, V. I. Nnanyere, N. F. and Akujobi, C. O. (2001) Studies on Antibacterial Activity and Phytochemical Qualities of Extracts of Orange Peels Int J. Environ. Health and Human Dev. 2(1): 41-46.
  • Okoli, C. I., Okeudo, J. N., Nwosu, C. I., Okoli, G. C. and Ibekwe, V. I. (2002) Management of Antimicrobial Resistance in Avian Bacterial Pathogens in Nigeria Int. J. Environ. Health and Human Dev. 3(1): 39-48.
  • Ibekwe, V. I. and Nwaozuzu, O. M. (2003) Studies on the Bacteriology of Urinary Tract infections in Adult Patients in Owerri Metropolis, Imo State, Nigeria Int J Environ. Health and Human Dev. 4 (2): 55-59.
  • Nwaiwu, O., Njoku, H. O., Efiuvwevwere, B. J, O., Ortiz, R., Tenkuano, A. and Ibekwe, V. I. (2003) Modified Atmosphere packaging and Biodeterioration of Plantain Int J. Agric. Rural Dev. 4: 53-58.
  • Akujobi, C. O., Anyanwu, B. N., Onyeze G. O.C. and Ibekwe, V. I. (2004) Antibacterial Activities and Preliminary Phytochemical Screening of Four Medicinal Plants J. Applied Sciences 7(3): 4328-4338.
  • Nwaiwu, O. and Ibekwe, V. I. (2004) Studies on Microbial Quality, Swelling Index and Moisture Content of White and Yellow Garri in storage Int. J Agric. Rural Dev. 4:7-13.
  • Ibekwe, V. I., Nwaiwu, O. and Offorbuike, J. O. (2004) Bacteriological and Physio-chemical Qualities of Waste water from a bottling Company in Owerri, Nigeria Global J. Environ. Sciences 3:51-54.
  • Ezeji, U. E., Anyanwu B. N., Onyeze, G. O. C. and Ibekwe, V. I. (2005) Studies on the Utilization of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Microorganisms Isolated from Oil – contaminated soil Int. J. Natural Applied Sciences 1 (2): 122-128.
  • Ibekwe, V. I., Ubochi, K. C. and Ezeji, E. U. (2006) Effect of Organic Fertilizer on Microbial Utilization of Hydrocarbons on Crude Oil Contaminated Soil African J. Biotech. 5(10):983-986.
  • Ubochi, K. C., Ibekwe, V. I. and Ezeji, E. U. (2006) Effect of Inorganic Fertilizer on Microbial Utilization of Hydrocarbons on Oil Contaminated Soil African J. Biotech. 5(17): 1584-1587.
  • Ibekwe, V. I., Ewelike, N. C., Amajuoyi, C. A. and Emejulu, A. A. (2006) Microbiological and Physio-chemical Quality of Aba River Polluted with Effluents from a Bottling Company Int. J. Natural Applied Sciences 2 (4): 388-391.
  • Ibekwe, V. I., Ezeji, U. E. and Anurukem, C. J. (2006) Prevalence of Significant Bacteriuria and Pyuria Among Adults in Owerri, Nigeria Nig. J.Microbiol. 20(3): 1258-1262).
  • Chukwuemeka, U.N., Anyanwu, B. N. and Ibekwe, V. I. (2006) Nutritional, Microbiological and Organoleptic qualities of maize based pap “akamu” enriched with odudu (Sphenostylis sternocarpa) Nig. J. Microbiol. 20 (3): 1453-1459.
  • Okorondu, S. I. Ibekwe, V. I., Emenolam, O.Q. and Aririatu, L. E. (2006) Biochemical and Microbial Qualities of Raw, Boiled and Fermented Mucuna pruriens (Velvet Bean) Animal production Research Advances 2(2): 108-112.
  • Nwachukwu, I. N. Ewelike, C. N. and Ibekwe, V. I. (2006) Isolation, identification and screening of Local Yeast Strains for attributes important for Industrial Ethianol production J. Raw Mat Res 3 (1): 38-45.
  • Ibekwe, V. I., Nwachukwu, I. N. and Okonkwo, R. (2006) Characteristics of Yeast Isolates and the Effects of Storage on Aspects of the Biochemistry of Palm Wine Int. J Natural Applied Sciences 2 (2): 117-121.
  • Nwachukwu, I. N., Ibekwe, V. I. and Anyanwu, B. N. (2006) Investigation of Some Physicochemical and Microbial Succession Parameters of Palm Wine J. Food Tech. 4(4): 308-312.
  • Nwachukwu, I. N., Ibekwe, V. I., Nwabueze, R. N. and Anyanwu, B. N. (2006) Characterization of Palm Wine Yeast Isolates for Industrial Utilization African J. Biotech. 5(19): 1725-1728.
  • Nwaiwu, O. and Ibekwe, V. I. (2006) Yeast Contamination Potential in a Carbonated Soft Drink industry J. Appl. Sci. Environ. Mgt 10(3): 157-158
  • Ibekwe, V. I. and Ifeanyi, V. O. (2006) Microbiological Studies on the Use of Mixed Spices, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) and Xylopia aethiopica for the Production of “Kunun-Zaki” J. Applied Sciences 9(3): 6622-6628.
  • Ibekwe, V. I. and Ifeanyi, V. O. (2006) Microbiological and Nutritional Qualities of Bambara Groundnut in Uli Municipal Area J. Applied Sciences 9(3): 6697-6701.
  • Okoli, C.I., Ogbuewu, P. I., Uchegbu, M. C., Opara, M. N., Okorie, J. O., Omede, A. A., Okoli, G. C. and Ibekwe, V. I. (2007) Assessment of the Mycoflora of Poultry Feed and Raw Materials in a Humid Tropical Environment J. of American Sci. 3(1): 5-9.
  • Ibekwe, V. I., Ezeji, E. U. and Amadi, C. J. (2007) Effect of Slaughterhouse Waste Waters on the Quality of Aba River, Abia State, Nigeria Int. J. Agric. Food Systems 1(2): 102-105.
  • Ezeji, E. U., Anyadoh, S. O. and Ibekwe, V. I. (2007) Clean up of Crude Oil Contaminated Soil Terrestrial and Aquatic Environ. Toxicol. 1(2): 54-59.
  • Ibekwe, V. I., Azubuike, P. I., Ezeji, E. U. and Chinakwe, E. C. (2008) Effects of Nutrient Sources and Environmental Factors on the Cultivation and Yield of Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) Pakistan Journal of Nutrition 7(2):349-351.
  • Nwachukwu, I. N., Ibekwe, V. I., Nwabueze, R. N., Anyanwu, B. N., Ezeji, U., Kalu, I. and Chinakwe, E. (2008) Production of high-ethanol-yielding Saccharomyces cerevisiae of palm wine origin by protplast fusion http://isj.zzu.edu.cn
  • Ibekwe, V. I. and EZEJI, E. U. (2011) Antimicrobial Activity of Leaf and Root Extracts of Parkia Biglobosa (African Locust Bean) The African J. Pl. Sci and Biotech 5(1): 70-72
  • Ibekwe, V. I. (2003) Genetics In: Foundation Year Biology for Students of Physical and Biological Sciences (ed. M.O.E. Iwuala, B. N. Anyanwu & G. O. C. Onyeze) Global Press Ltd., Owerri. Pp. 137-163.
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Onyemekara Nnenna Nelly

Graduate Assistant

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • B.Sc., Imo State University Owerri, Imo State.

  • M.SC., Federal University Of Technology, Owerri, Imo State (In View).

Research Interests

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Parasitology

Primary Teaching Area

Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Member,Nigerian Society for Microbiology, NSM.
  • Member,American Society for Microbiology, ASM.
  • Member,Society for Applied Microbiology, sfam.
  • Member,Science Association of Nigeria, SAN.
  • Member,Renewable and Alternative Energy of Nigeria,RAEN.
  • Member,Third World Organization for Women in Science, TWOWS.

Profile

Am honored to recount my experience for the past few years In FUTO. Since my arrival, i have had ample opportunities to meet and interact not only with staff but also students from different backgrounds. My interest in Microbiology sparked off through watching documentaries. I was fascinated with microbes, their existence, and ability to cause so much harm to their host but above all the possibility of harnessing them for use in medicine, agriculture and industry. Microbiology is a vast subject that many researchers have delved into yet there is still a lot to be learnt about. I have been involved in carrying out the practical (Laboratory) aspect of Microbiology. Demonstrating how microbes impact on human health, establish and multiply in the host body and evolve into diseases -pathogenesis. ‘I want to directly influence my Students’ interest in the Microbial world’

Publication

  • The Microbiology and Proximate Assay of A Novel Weaning Food-‘DUPAP’. JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, 2:2. (In Press).
  • A Prospective Study of the Concurrent Occurrence of Three Borne Viral Pathogens among Pregnant Women Attending Ante – Natal Care, At Federal Medical Centre, Owerri. Journal of Public health and Epidemiology (in press).
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Obi Robert Kelechi

Lecturer 1

Contact Information

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D Medical Microbiology, In view, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.

  • M.Sc Medical Parasitology, 2009, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.

  • M.Sc Medical Microbiology, 1999, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.

  • B.Sc Microbiology, 1989, University of Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria.

Research Interests

  • Medical Virology.
  • Immunology.
  • Medical Parasitology

Primary Teaching Area

Medical Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Affiliate Institute of Biomedical Science, London (IBMS), 1998.
  • Member, Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), 2005.
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM), 2006.
  • Member, Parasitology & Public Health Society of Nigeria (PPSN), 2007.
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology (NISEB), 2008.
  • Time-Table Officer, Dept. of Microbiology, FUTO, 2005.
  • Admission Officer: 2007/2008 Admissions, Department of Microbiology, FUTO.
  • Course Adviser: 2007/2008 Class, Department of Microbiology, FUTO.
  • Chairman, Emekuku Welfare Association Scholarship Board, 2011.

Profile

Complete cure for HIV/AIDS has been diligently pursued by scientists around the world, but there has been no report of absolute success with the highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) still remaining as the only current treatment modality for the disease. This treatment guideline, though very effective in suppressing replication of the virus and reducing mortality of patients, does not offer an ultimate cure to the disease. This realization, coupled with other side effects associated with the drug, and the recent trail failure of HIV vaccines and microbiocides, have urgently called for the need to develop inexpensive alternative anti-HIV/AIDS therapies. Consequently, the search for selective antiviral agents, principally focused on anti-HIV agents, has been vigorous in recent years with African herbal medicine being in the forefront of this new research against the scourge. Despite a paucity of evidence on effectiveness, and the possibility of harm however, the Ministries of Health of several African nations currently promote traditional medicines for the treatment of HIV and associated symptoms. Worldwide there is also a growing trend towards herbal medicines as supplements and/or treatments for HIV/AIDS. In view of the current efforts aimed at evaluating the possible benefits of harnessing the components of natural products, especially plant materials, in the unrelenting and vigorous search for a possible breakthrough at finding a permanent cure for HIV/AIDS, this study was designed to explore the anti HIV potential of some of the rich variety of herbs and spices Nigeria is endowed with.

Publication

  • Obi RK, Umeh SC, Okurede OH, Iroagba II (2006). Prevalence of Hepatitis B Virus Infection among pregnant women in an ante natal clinic in Port Harcourt, Nigeria Afr. J. Clin. Exper. Microbiol. 7(2):78 - 82.
  • Obi RK, Ojiako OA, Iroagba II (2006). Virucidal Potential of some edible Nigerian vegetables. Afr. J. Biotechnol. 5(9):1785 - 1788.
  • Obi RK, Ojiako OA, Iroagba II (2007). Prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among pregnant women in an ante natal clinic in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Afr. J. Biotechnol. 6(3): 533-536.
  • Ojiako OA, Obi RK, Nwanebu FC (2007). Pharmacologic evaluation of the activities of four traditional herbs on Onchocerca volvulus and Hookworms. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences 3(2):146-152.
  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi UU, Orji NM (2009). Antibacterial qualities and phytochemical screening of the oils of Curcubita pepo and Brassica nigra. J. Med Plant. Res. 3(5): 429-432.
  • Amadi AN, Iro OK, Obi RK, Amadi COA (2009). Effect of anti-retroviral therapy on work productivity of HIV/AIDS patients in Abia State, Nigeria. J. Appl. Biosci. 18: 976 – 982.
  • Orji NM, Anyaegbunam LC, Ezeigbo EU, Obi RK (2009). Prevalence of head lice (Pediculus humanus var capitis) among primary school children in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Biological and Environmental Sciences Journal for the Tropics 7(1): 1-4 .
  • Obi RK, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi UU, Orji NM (2010). Premunition in Plasmodium falciparum malaria. African Journal of Biotechnology, 9(10): 1397- 1401.
  • Obi RK, Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Orji NM, Ndubuisi UU (2010). Human Adaptation to Parasitism. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci., 1(2): 262-270.
  • Obi RK, Orji NM, Nwanebu FC, Okangba CC, Ndubuisi UU (2010). Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases: the Perpetual menace. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci., 1(2): 271-282.
  • Obi RK, Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Oparaocha ET, Orji NM, Ndubuisi UU (2010). Concurrent Parasitosis in an Onchocerciasis Endemic Community. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci., 1(2): 283-287.
  • Oparaocha ET, Iroegbu OC, Obi RK (2010). Assessment of quality of drinking water sources in the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria. Journal of Applied Biosciences 32: 1964 - 1976.
  • Obi RK, Okangba CC, Nwanebu, FC, Ndubuisi UU, Mgbemene IC, Braide W (2010). Relationship between HIV/AIDS and poverty: A case study of two cities in AbiaState, Nigeria. Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences 2(6): 356-360.
  • Chikwendu CI, Amadi ES and Obi RK (2010). Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from non-clinical urine samples. New York Science Journal, 3(11): 194-200.
  • Orji NM, Nwoke BE, Ukaga C, Obi RK, Anyaegunam L (2010). Studies on the local Names, knowledge, attitude, and practices of Loa loa infection in Okigwe Zone Of Imo State, Nigeria. XII International Congress of Parasitology Melbourne Australia 15th-20th August, 2010. Pp 181-185.
  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Okangba CC, Braide W, Orji NM, Ukegbu AD, Ukegbu PO (2011). Endemicity of Lymphatic Filariasis in three Local Government Areas in Imo State, Nigeria. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 5(5): 875-879.
  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Chikwendu CI, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Okangba CC, Orji NM (2011). Concurrent Parasitosis in the Liver of Seropositive HIV Patients. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 5(5): 599-609.
  • Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ojuromi T (2011). Diagnosis of intestinal cryptosporidiosis in Africa: Prospects and Challenges. Journal of Applied Biosciences, 40: 2599-2667.
  • Nwanebu FC, Ogbulie JN, Obi RK, Ojiako AO (2011). Chemical and silt-induced eutrophication syndrome at Otamiri River, Owerri, Nigeria. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology 3(8): 358-361.
  • Nwanebu FC, Obi RK, Chikwendu CI, Okangba CC (2011). Implications of Parasitosis as a health-care index among indigenes of Umueze II Community, Ehime Mbano. International Journal of Environmental Health and Health Development; 12(2): 20-24.
  • Nwanebu FC, Obi RK, Ogbulie C, Nwachukwu IN, Chukwu FN (2011). Antimicrobial activity of leaf and root extracts of Vernonia amygdalina (Bitter leaf) on some bacterial isolates. International Journal of Health and Human Develpoment. 12(1): 51-59.
  • Nwanebu FC, Ojiako OA, Obi RK, Chikwendu CI, Igwilo CR (2011). Microbial succession in meat spoilage; International Journal of Environmental Health & Human Development 12 (1): 31-37.
  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Onuoha LN, Chiegboka N (2011). Ethanolic extraction and phytochemical screening of two Nigerian herbs on pathogens isolated from wound infections. Pharmacie Globale (IJCP), 2(10): 1-5.
  • Okechukwu RI, Okereke JN, Onyedineke NE, Obi RK (2011). Microbial and nutritional qualities of mushroom. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci., 2(4): 746-749.
  • Tony-Chiegboka NA, Opara FN, Udoye AA, Obi RK, Okechukwu RI (2011). Studies On the prevalence and susceptibility pattern of malaria infection in young ABO Blood group patients attending the Federal Medical Center, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. International Journal, Environmental Health & Human Development, 12 (2): 14-19XP.
  • Obi RK and Nwanebu FC (2010). Prions and Prion Diseases. In Microbiology, 1st edition, Adegboro, B (ed). Ibadan University Press, Publishing House, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (41): 455-470.
  • Obi RK (2011). Antviral Potential of Vegetables: Can They Be Cost-Effective Agents For Human Disease? In, Nutrients, Dietry Supplements, and Nutriceuticals: Cost analysis Versus Clinical Benefits, 5th edition, Watson RR, Gerald JK, Preedy VR (eds). Humana Press c/o Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA, (44): 259-276.
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Chris O. Nweke

Senior Lecturer

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Environmental Microbiology, University of Port Harcourt, 2010.

  • M Sc. Industrial Microbiology; University of Port Harcourt, 2000.

  • B.Sc. Microbiology; University of Port Harcourt; 1995.

Research Interests

  • Ecotoxicity of environmental pollutants and their mixtures to microorganisms.
  • Biodegradation of pollutants.
  • Kinetic modelling/prediction of toxicity and biodegradation of pollutants.
  • Bioremediation of environmental media.

Primary Teaching Area

Environmental Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Federal University of Technology Owerri July 2010 to DATE Full-time post Masters teaching in an University.
  • Federal University of Technology Owerri Feb. 2002 to July, 2010.
  • Assistant Lecturer 2002 – 2005.
  • Lecturer II 2005 – 2008.
  • Lecturer I 2008 – 2011.
  • Senior Lecturer Oct 2011 - Date.

Profile

Dr Nweke has been involved in teaching and research in the area of Analytical Microbiology with special reference to ecotoxicology. He has been working on the interactions of microorganisms with metals and organic compounds. Due to the complex nature of environmental pollution, Dr Nweke and his research team are redirecting their efforts to evaluating toxicity of chemical mixtures to environmental microbial populations using a number of biological responses. Mathematical models are employed to predict chemical toxicity both as single chemical and mixtures.

Publication

  • C. O. Nweke and G.C. Okpokwasili. 2003. Drilling fluid base oil biodegradation potential of a soil Staphylococcus species. African Journal of Biotechnology 2(9): 293-295.
  • G. C. Okpokwasili and C. O. Nweke (2006). Microbial growth and substrate utilization kinetics. African Journal of Biotechnology 5(4): 305 – 317.
  • C. O. Nweke, J.C. Okolo, C. E. Nwanyanwu and C. S. Alisi . 2006. Response of planktonic bacteria of New Calabar River to zinc stress. African Journal of Biotechnology. 5(8): 653 – 658.
  • C. O. Nweke, C. Ntinugwa, I. F. Obah, S. C. Ike, G. E. Eme, E. C. Opara, J. C. Okolo and C. E. Nwanyanwu (2007). In vitro effects of metals and pesticides on dehydrogenase activity in microbial community of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) rhizoplane. African Journal of Biotechnology 6(3): 290 – 295.
  • C. O. Nweke, C. S. Alisi, J.C. Okolo, and C. E. Nwanyanwu (2007). Toxicity of zinc to heterotrophic bacteria from a tropical river sediment. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research. 5(1): 123 – 132.
  • J. C. Okolo, C. O. Nweke, R. N. Nwabueze, C. U. Dike and C. E. Nwanyanwu (2007) Toxicity of phenolic compounds to oxidoreductases of Acinetobacter species isolated from a tropical soil. Scientific Research and Essay 2 (7): 244 – 250.
  • J.C. Orji, C.O. Nweke, R.N. Nwabueze, B. Anyaegbu, J.C. Chukwu, C.P. Chukwueke and C.E. Nwanyanwu. (2008). Impacts of some divalent cations on periplasmic nitrate reductase and dehydrogenase enzymes of Escherichia, Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter species. Revista Ambiente e Água 3(2): 5 – 18.
  • J.C. Orji, C.O. Nweke, R.N. Nwabueze, C.E. Nwanyanwu, C.S Alisi, and E.N. Etim-Osowo. (2009). Production and properties of a-amylase from Citrobacter species. Revista Ambiente e Água 4(1): 45 – 57.
  • C.O. Nweke and J.C. Orji (2009). Toxicity of heavy metals to microbial community of New Calabar River. Nigerian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 24(1): 48 – 54.
  • C.O. Nweke (2009). Kinetics of zinc toxicity to environmental bacterial isolates. Revista Ambiente e Água 4(3): 23 – 34.
  • C.O. Nweke and G.C. Okpokwasili (2010a). Influence of exposure time on phenol toxicity to refinery wastewater bacteria. Journal of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology 2(2): 20 – 27.
  • C.O. Nweke and G.C. Okpokwasili (2010b). Inhibition of dehydrogenase activity in petroleum refinery wastewater bacteria by phenolic compounds. Revista Ambiente e Água 5(1): 6 – 16.
  • C.O. Nweke (2010). Effects of metals on dehydrogenase activity and glucose utilization by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nigerian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 25(2): 1 – 8.
  • C.O. Nweke and G.C. Okpokwasili (2011). Inhibition of ß-galactosidase and a-glucosidase synthesis in petroleum refinery effluent bacteria by zinc and cadmium. Journal of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology 3(3): 68 – 74.
  • C.O. Nweke and G.C. Okpokwasili (2011) Inhibition of ß-galactosidase and a-glucosidase synthesis in petroleum refinery effluent bacteria by phenolic compounds. Revista Ambiente e Água 6(1): 40 – 53.
  • J. C. Orji, C.O. Nweke, R. N. Nwabueze, B. N. Anyanwu, L. O. Chigbo and C. E. Nwanyanwu (2011) Effects of abattoir waste on ammonium and nitrite consumptions in a tropical freshwater ecosystem. Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 4(6): 590 – 600.
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Oranusi Solomon U

Senior Lecturer

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D., 2002, Microbiology, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria.

  • M.Sc., 1997, Microbiology, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria.

  • B.Sc., 1992, Microbiology, University of Nigeria Nsukka.

Research Interests

  • Food/Industrial Microbiology.
  • Food safety and Food formulations.

Primary Teaching Area

Food and Industrial Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Member Institute of Public Analyst of Nigerian.
  • Member, Nigerian Society of Microbiology.
  • Fellow, Medical Laboratory Science council of Nigeria.
  • Member Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology.
  • Member Association of Industrial Microbiologists.

Honours

  • Best teacher of the year St. Bartholomew Schools, Zaria 2001.
  • Best HOD of the year St. Bartholomew Schools, Zaria 2002 .
  • Best HOD of the year Igbinedion University 2007/2008.
  • Vice Chancellor Igbinedion University letter of commendation 2007.
  • Dean College of Natural and Applied Sciences IUO letter of commendation 2007Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising, 2011.

Profile

Microbiological and Chemical safety evaluations of foods (cooked, raw, fruits, vegetables, packed) available in Nigerian markets have been provided to educate consumers on the danger of consuming contaminated products. Different formulations of food using local available food items, designed for households and industries are ongoing. HACCP of ready to eat foods and packed water, optimization of local fermented foods, Biogas production.

Publication

  • ORANUSI, S. U., Ezeogu, L. I., Okolo, B. N. (1994) Microbial contaminants of commercially bottled non-alcoholic drinks produced in Nigeria.World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 10:488- 490.
  • ORANUSI, S.U., Umoh, V. J.,and Kwaga, J. K. P. (2003) Hazards and critical control points of Kunun-zaki, a non-alcoholic beverage in Northern Nigeria. Food Microbiology 20: 127- 132.
  • ORANUSI, S., Onyike, E., Galadima, M., and Umoh V. J. (2004) Hazard analysis critical control points of foods prepared by families in Zaria, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Microbiolgy18(1-2):346-362.
  • Umoh, V. J., ORANUSI, S.U. and Kwaga, J. K. P. (2004) The Public Health Significance Of Pathogens Isolated From‘‘ Kunun-Zaki’’, Sold In Retail Outlets In Zaria, Nigeria. Nigerian Food Journal 22: 10-17.
  • Umoh, V. J., ORANUSI, S. (2004 )Safety Assessment, Critical Control of Milk and Cereal Products AgriBusiness.
  • ORANUSI, S., Galadima, M., and Umoh V. J. (2006) Toxicity test and bacteriophage typing of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from food contact surfaces and foods prepared by families in Zaria, Nigeria. African Journal of Biotechnology 5 (4) 362- 365.
  • Nwanze, P., Jatto, W., ORANUSI, S. and Josiah, S. J. (2006) Proximate analysis of Lentinus sqarrosulus (Mont.) singer and Psathyrella atroumbonata pegler. African Journal of Biotechnology 5 (4) 366- 368.
  • ORANUSI, S., Galadima, M., and Umoh V. J. (2006) Phage typing and toxigenicity test of Staphylococcus aureus strains from food contact surfaces and foods prepared in boarding schools in Zaria, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology 20 (2) : 1011-1017.
  • ORANUSI, S., Galadima, M., Umoh V. J., and Nwanze P. (2007) Energy intake and Anthropometry: a case study of families in Zaria, Nigeria. African Journal of Biotechnology 6 (4) 459-464.
  • Nwanze, P. I., Nwaru, L.M., ORANUSI, S., Dimkpa, U., Okwu,M.U., Babatunde, B.B., Anake, T.A., Jatto, W., and Asagwara, C.E. (2007) Urinary tract infection in Okada Village : Prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility pattern. Scientific Research and Essay 2(4) 112-116.
  • Yah, S.C.,Eghafona, N.O.,ORANUSI, S. and Abouo, A. M. (2007) Widespread plasmids resistance genes among Proteus species in diabetic wounds of patients in the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria. African Journal of Biotechnology 6(15) 1757-1762.
  • ORANUSI, S., Galadima, M., Umoh V. J., and Nwanze P.I (2007) Food safety evaluation in boarding schools in Zaria, Nigeria, using the HACCP system. Scientific Research and Essay 2(10) 426-433.
  • Nwanze, P.I., ORANUSI, S., Okwu, M.U., Eleke, F.N., Emeh, A.A., and Ibe, I.J.(2008) The effect of the interaction of different media with various oil rates on biomass production of Lentinus squarrosulus (Mont) singer and Psathyrella atroumbonata pegler in submerged liquid culture. The Nigerian Journal of Research and Production 13: (1)143-152.
  • Nwanze, P.I., Okwu, M.U., ORANUSI, S., Emeh, A.A., Ibe, I.J.,and Ogu-Peter, P.U.(2009) The effects of the interaction of various oil types and rates on carpophores wet and dry weights and stipe and pileus diameters of Lentinus squarrosulus (Mont) singer. The Nigerian Academic Forum 15 (1)79-86.
  • Oranusi S., Madu S. A., Braide W. and Oguoma O. I. (2011) Investigation on the safety and probiotic potentials of yoghurts sold in Owerri metropolis in Imo State Nigeria. Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials 3(6):146-152.
  • W. Braide, S. Oranusi, L. I. Udegbunam, O. Oguoma, C. Akobondu, R. N. Nwaoguikpe (2011). Microbiological quality of an edible caterpillar of an emperor moth, Bunaea alcinoe. Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment 3(5):176 -180.
  • W. Braide, R.N. Nwaoguikpe, S . Oranusi, L.I.Udegbunam, C. Akobondu, S.I. Okorondu (2011) The effect of biodeterioration on the nutritional composition and microbiology of an edible long- winged reproductive termite, Macroterms bellicosus. Smeathman. Internet Journal of Food Safety 3:107-114.
  • W. Braide, S . Oranusi, R.N. Nwaoguikpe, C. Akobondu, O. I. Oguoma, L.I.Udegbunam (2011). Cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta): An alternative raw material for vinegar production. Current Topics in Biotechnology 6: 41-47.
  • Oranusi S., Braide W (2012). A study of microbial safety of ready-to-eat foods vended on highways: Onitsha-Owerri, South east Nigeria. International Research Journal of Microbiology 3(2): 066-071.
  • W. Braide, S.U. Oranusi, C.K. Akaluka, R.N. Nwaoguikpe, C.I. Akobondu, N.I.Peter-Ikechukwu (2012). Antibacterial efficacy of crude and diluted honey on four wound isolates. Global Advanced Research Journal of Microbiology 1(1): 001-004.
  • Oranusi US, Braide Wesley, Osigwe GA (2012). Investigation on the microbial profile of canned foods. Journal of Biological and Food Science Research http://www.onlineresearchjournals.org/JBFSR.
  • Oranusi US, Braide Wesley (2012). Microbiological Safety Assessment of Apple Fruits (Malus Domestica Borkh) Sold in Owerri Imo State Nigeria. Advance Journal of Food Science and Technology.
  • Braide W, Odiong IJ, Oranusi S.U (2012) Phytochemical and Antibacterial properties of the seed of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus). Prime Journal of Microbiology Research (PJMR) 2(3) www.primejournal.org/PJMR.
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Campbell Akujobi

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information

Email:

Academic/Professional Qualifications

None

Research Interests

Environmental and Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Primary Teaching Area

Microbiology

Other Experience

Quality Control Manager, Up-Dike Industries Limited, Owerri, Imo State.

Honours

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Certificate of Recognition as an ASM Minority Mentor (2011).

Profile

In recent years, bacterial resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics has risen dramatically. Contributing to this increase has been the spread of extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs), enzymes that hydrolyze the expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, like ceftazidime and cefotaxime, and/or the monobactam and aztreonam. Dr Akujobi’s research is geared towards isolation of bacterial species with the inherent capability to produce these enzymes and elucidation of the different classes of these. Efforts are made to use phytochemicals isolated from local plants to combat the antibiotic resistance in these organisms. In recent time in Nigeria there has an increase in the menace of environmental pollution caused by oil exploration and transportation. This has caused tremendous hardship on the host communities of exploration oil companies and has led to constant friction between the members of these communities and the oil companies. There is a need to find an environmental friendly approach to remedy this situation. Dr Akujobi’s work has been able to discover that the oil polluted soil can be remediated within a very short time by the use of pollutant-adapted microorganisms with the help of different types of organic nutrient supplements. Due to constant soil nutrient depletion, desert encroachment and indiscriminate environmental pollution in Nigeria, plants especially crop plants are always under environmental stresses which affect their yields. We are trying to identify some plant growth promoting rhizobacteria that would be able to ameliorate these stresses and improve plant yield.

Publication

  • C.O. Akujobi, J.N. Ogbulie, S.I. Umeh, N.U. Abanno and I.N. Nwachukwu (2009). Asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnant women at the outpatient clinic of some Government hospitals in Imo State, Nigeria. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, 3(3): 617-622.
  • C.O. Akujobi, H.O. Njoku, N.U. Abanno, S.I. Okorondu and J.N. Ogbulie (2009). Effect of different organic nutrient supplements on the total heterotrophic counts and diesel oil degradation in diesel-polluted soil. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, 3(6): 1480-1490.
  • C.O. Akujobi, V.O. Nwaugo and N.U. Abanno (2009). Effects of animal wastes treatments of diesel polluted soil on hydrocarbon-utilizing microbial counts and diesel oil degradation. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 5(2): 157-163.
  • C.O. Akujobi, J.N. Ogbulie and H.O. Njoku (2010). The effect of extracts of Ocimum gratissimum on the dehydrogenase activities of clinical isolates of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. International Journal of Agricultural Technology, 6(1): 57-65.
  • S.I. Okorondu, T.G. Sokari, M.M. Okorondu and C.O. Akujobi (2009). Phytochemical and antibacterial properties of Acalypha wilkesiana plant. International Journal of Tropical Agriculture and Food Systems, 3(3): 208-211.
  • S.I. Okorondu, I.V. Nedosa, B. Wesley and C.O. Akujobi (2009). Ethanol production from cassava. Current Topics in Biotechnology, 5: 65-70.
  • H.O. Njoku, C.O. Akujobi and J.N. Ogbulie (2010). Inhibition of dehydrogenase activity in bacterial isolates from palm wine by extracts of Vernonia amygdalina. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, 4(4): 1093-1101.
  • C.O. Akujobi and H.O. Njoku (2010). Bioassay for determination of microbial sensitivity to Nigerian honey. Global Journal of Pharmacology, 4(1): 36-40.
  • S.I. Okorondu, T.G. Sokari, C.O. Akujobi and W. Braide (2010). Phytochemical and antibacterial properties of Musa paradisiaca stalk. International Journal Biological Science, 2(3): 128-132.
  • H.O. Njoku, C.O. Akujobi and J.N. Ogbulie (2010). Effect of traditional preservatives on the biochemical and shelf life stability of palm wine. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, 24(1): 2056-2061.
  • N.N. Odu, S.N. Maxwell, A.R. Nte and C.O. Akujobi (2010). Helminthiasis among school children in rural communities in Rivers State, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, 24(1): 2219-2223.
  • S.I. Okorondu, T.G. Sokari, C.O. Akujobi, and J.N. Ogbulie (2011). Gari extract agar as a culture media for mycological studies. Current Topics in Biotechnology, 6: 35-39.
  • C.O. Akujobi, N.N. Odu, S.I. Okorondu and I.N. Nwachukwu (2010). Growth inhibition of AmpC ß-lactamase producing Escherichia coli and metallo ß-lactamase producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa by components of Aloe vera. Current Trends in Microbiology, 6: 35-40.
  • A.E. Ejele and C.O. Akujobi (2011). Effect of secondary metabolites of Garcinia kola on the microbial spoilage of Cajanus cajan extract. International Journal of Tropical Agriculture and Food Systems, 5(1): 8-14.
  • C.O. Akujobi, R.A. Onyeagba, V.O. Nwaugo and N.N. Odu (2011). Effect of nutrient amendments of diesel polluted soil on plant growth parameters. Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 3(4): 421-429.
  • C.O. Akujobi, N.N. Odu and S.I. Okorondo (2012). Detection of AmpC beta lactamases in clinical isolates of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella. African Journal of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology, 13(1): 51-55.
  • N.N. Odu, H.O. Njoku, N.J.P. Igwiloh and C.O. Akujobi (2011). Bacterial contamination of some edible shellfish harvested from Kalarugbani creek, Rivers State, Nigeria. Animal Production Research Advances, 7(2): 141-148.
  • C.O. Akujobi, R.A. Onyeagba, V.O. Nwaugo and N.N. Odu (2011). Protein and chlorophyll contents of Solanum melongena on diesel oil polluted soil amended with nutrient supplements. Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 3(5): 516-520.
  • C.O. Akujobi, R.A. Onyeagba, V.O. Nwaugo and N.N. Odu (2011). Diesel-oil degrading potentials of bacterial isolates from diesel polluted soil. Current Topics in Biotechnology, 6: 93-101.
  • N.N. Odu, C.O. Akujobi, S.N. Maxwell and A.R. Nte (2011). Impact of mass deworming of school children in rural communities in Rivers State, Nigeria: option for programme sustainability. Acta Parasitologica Globalis, 2 (2): 20-24.
  • C.O. Akujobi, N.N. Odu, S.I. Okorondu and G.N. Ike (2012). Production of protease by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus isolated from abattoir environment. Journal of Research in Biology, 2: 77-82.
  • C.O. Akujobi, N.N. Odu and S.I. Okorondu (2012). Bioaccumulation of lead by Bacillus species isolated from pig waste. Journal of Research in Biology, 2: 83-89.
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Abanno, Ndidi Ugomma

Contact Information

Email:

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D., 2012, Environmental Microbiology.

  • M.Sc., 2005, Industrial Microbiology.

  • B.Sc., 2000, Industrial Microbiology.

Research Interests

Assessment of heavy metal dose-response characteristics of microbial communities in exposed and unexposed soils.

Primary Teaching Area

Environmental/ Industrial Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Member, American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
  • Member, Society for Applied Microbiology (SFAM).
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM).
  • Member, Organization for Women in Science for Developing World (OWSDW).

Profile

The discharge of heavy metals in terrestrial eco-system has been of major environmental concern. These chemicals have adverse effect on microbial biomass and its activity, which play an important role in biological cycles of almost all the major plant nutrient cycling, soil nutrient cycling and in maintaining soil fertility. To monitor such negative effect on the ecology, microorganisms and enzymes are used. They are sensitive to heavy metal pollution and are known to be vital for the efficient functioning of any ecosystem, thus factors that affect their metabolism, distribution and abundance are of great concern. They are therefore used as early warning indicators of ecosystem stress. Monitoring microbial enzyme activities such as dehydrogenases, phosphatases, glucosidases and FDA has been known to be highly sensitive to metals and its assay a representation of the metabolic capacity of soil thus indicating soil microbial activities. The effect of heavy metal on soil has been found to be affected by the heavy metal, concentration of metal, time of exposure and soil type.

Publication

  • AKUJOBI, C.O., OGBULIE, J.N., UMEH, S.I., ABANNO, N.U. and NWACHUKWU, I.N. Asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnant women at the outpatient clinic of some governmental hospitals in Imo State, Nigeria. International Journal of biological and Chemical sciences 2009. 3(3):617-622.
  • AKUJOBI, C.O., NJOKU, H.O., ABANNO, N.U., OKORONDU, S.I., and OGBULIE, J.N. Effect of different organic nutrient supplements on the total heterotropic counts and diesel oil degradation in diesel polluted soil. International Journal of biological and chemical sciences. 2009. 3(6):1480-1490.
  • AKUJOBI, C.O., NWUGO, V.I., ABANNO, N.U. and OKORONDU, S.I. Effects of animal waste treatments of diesel polluted soils on hydrocarbon- utilizing microbial counts and oil degradation. International Journal of biological and chemical sciences. 2009. 5(2):157-163.
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Nwogwugwu, Ngozi Ursulla(Nee Egbuhuzor)

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

None

Research Interests

None

Primary Teaching Area

Microbiology

Other Experience

None

Profile

I am delighted to give an account of my barely three-year experience as an Assistant lecturer. Since I joined the department, I have had the opportunity to interact with students, lecturers and other members of the University Community. In a developing country as Nigeria that I find myself, I wish to make a positive impact for the general well being of our population .Employing the characteristic attributes of microorganisms such as rapid multiplication has gone a long way in helping us better the society in which we live in. Metabolic products of microorganisms have been of use in the industry. Also microbiological methods of analysis and assessment have proven relevance in the control of major food borne illnesses. I am interested in the research on the metabolic processes and products of microorganisms that are beneficial to man, as well as the control of diseases of public health importance. I teach undergraduate students in the different aspects of microbiology.I am presently developing a proposal for my PHD work on the microbial production of bioethanol from cellulosic biomass and welcome collaborations from other scholars in this line of research. I will conclude that my stay has been a challenging, worthwhile and happy experience for me and my students. “I would like to achieve a balanced approach to teaching/ learning and ensure that students enjoy that experience. The learning experience should be enjoyable for all concerned”. “I like helping students reach their full potential”.

Publication

None

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Sarah I. Umeh

Lecturer 1

Contact Information

Email:

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D., 2010, University of Port-Harcourt, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria .

  • M.S., 1985, Environmental Health, East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tenn. U.S.A.

  • B.S., 1984, Microbiology, East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tenn. U.S.A.

Research Interests

Control of infectious Diseases and Environmental Health Management.

Primary Teaching Area

  • Environmental Microbiology.
  • Agricultural/Soil Microbiology and effective use of Microorganisms in Agriculture.
  • Analytical Microbiology and quality control and Pathogenic bacteriology.

Other Experience

  • Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology.
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology.
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Safety Professionals.

Profile

Livestock production is perceived by the public to be potential food for the world’s needy people and also livestock are essential to developing sustainable agricultural systems in Third world countries. Sustainable animal production means that we are able to produce food animal and animal products without lasting damage to the environment which means essential elements like water, air and soil are left without dead loads and those by-products of animal production create no animal and human health risks through environmental protection and animal waste management. Animal agriculture is central to the economic vitality of many of our rural communities, but offsetting these social benefits of animal agriculture are the economic costs and potential public and environmental health risks associated with the storage and disposal of animal faeces (excrement and urine). In the rearing of domestic livestock on range or pasture, animal faeces may not be concentrated in one area as with confined livestock. These animals can also contaminate water by defecating in unprotected surface water, through surface runoff and as a result of seepage of water through soil that contains an excessive amount of animal faeces. The potential for this environmental pollution is present and growing because of the concentration of production into fewer large-scale units, not the increase in total numbers of animals. Large-scale production facilities have the potential to cause serious environmental contamination as a result of the amount of faeces produced at one site. Good management of animal wastes and a commitment to cost-effective environmental stewardship can go a long way towards reducing the potential public and environmental health risks associated with the storage and disposal of animal wastes. The trend in animal production has shown a dramatic shift in the last 50 – 60 years from small family farms and grazing operations toward large commercial confinement operations. The concentration of animals into confinement facilities poses many environmental challenges, among which pathogenic microorganisms of faecal orgin are of concern. Animal agriculture results in the production of copious amounts of manure much of which is ultimately used as fertilizer for crops or spread onto land. On a per weight basis, livestock animals produce between 13 and 25 times more manure than humans. Comparing the most recent U.S. census data and USDA livestock reports, it can be estimated that animals produce somewhere between 3 and 20 times more weight). Even moderate livestock operations can produce as much manure as a small sized city. There are a range of health hazards relating to livestock droppings owing to the presence of a wide range of bacteria and other organisms propagating in the guts and related tissues as well as glands of these farms animals. In developing countries like Nigeria, household subsistence farming is common which means that a large proportion of the population has close contact with food animals. These animals are important reservoirs of antimicrobial resistant organisms and therefore if resistant organisms are common in animals the chance that they will be transmitted to humans is more likely). In the report by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) 2007, it was stated that the world’s leading medical, agricultural and veterinary authorities reached a consensus that antimicrobial drug overuse in animal agriculture is contributing to human public health problems. Microbial studies showed that antimicrobial drug-resistant bacteria from farm animals not only infect humans but may transfer that resistance to other bacteria that colonize the human gut. The dozing of livestock animals with copious amounts of antimicrobial agents for growth promotion and prophylaxis may promote antimicrobial resistance in pathogens, increasing the severity of disease and limiting treatment options for sickened individuals. Livestock management, manure collection and storage, land application of manure, farm environmental management personal hygiene in the farms and recommendations on antimicrobial use. To enhance the hygienic level of livestock production in Nigeria or any other country the farmers and relevant stakeholders must be informed and sensitized on Good Management Practices to reduce farm pathogen levels thereby reducing the potential hazards and risks involved in transferring zoonotic pathogens of public health concern to humans.

Publication

  • Antibiotic- resistant Escherichia coli in a government piggery Farm in Owerri, Nigeria. C.O. Akujobi, J.N. Ogbulie, S.I. Umeh, N.U. Abanno. Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sci. 2(3): 363 – 367, 2008. Evaluation of Source Reduction Methods for Malaria Vector Control in selected States of the United State with Recommendations for Nigeria. S.I. Umeh. (2008). Journal for Advances in Science and Technology. Vol. 2(1) 1 – 62.
  • Occurrence and Antimicrobial Profile of Listeria monocytogenes in fresh feaces of livestock Animals. S.I.Umeh, G.S.C Okpokwasili. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, (2009), Vol 23(1); 1866 – 1871.
  • Cold Enrichment Method for the Isolation of Yersinia entrocolitica from Pig, Cattle and Chicken Droppings. Umeh, S.I., Okpokwasili, G.S.C. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, Vol. 22(1); 1625 – 1629, (2008).
  • Frequency and Distribution of Thermophilic Campylobacter species in Livestock Farms in Owerri Metropolis. Umeh, S.I., Okpokwasili, G.S.C. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, Vol. 22(1); 1667 – 1672 (2008).
  • Seasonal Prevalence of Escherichia coli 0157: H7 in Ruminants and Non – ruminants and the Antimicrobial Resistance Profile of the Organisms from Different Sources. S.I. Umeh, G.S.C. Okpokwasili. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, (2009) Vol. 23(1); 1849 – 1855.
  • Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Pregnant women at the outpatient Clinic of some governmental Hospitals in Imo State, Nigeria. C.O. Akujobi, J.N. Ogbulie, S.I. Umeh, N.U. Abanno, I.N. Nwachukwu. Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sci. 3(3); 617 – 622, (2009).
  • Bronchopulmonary Tuberculosis - Laboratory Diagnosis and Dots Strategy outcome in a Rural Community: A Retrospective Study by; Enwuru Chika Paulinus, Emeh Madubuike Samuel, Dr. Izuehie Ifeanyi Samson, Enwuru Christian Azubuike, Umeh Sarah I. Agbasi Uchenna Marcel. African Journal of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology. September 2009 ISBN 1595-689X VOL 10(3) Laboratory Diagnosis Of Malaria in Children Under Five Years in A Rural Community: Microscopy versus Malaria pf test ENWURU1, C.P., UMEH2, S.I., AGBASI,3 U.M., and EGBUOBI,4 R.C. 1. St Johns Lab Limited, Owerri, 2. Department of Microbiology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, 3. Department of Science Lab Technology, Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, 4. Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.
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Christian C. Opurum

Lecturer II

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Email:

Academic/Professional Qualifications

None

Research Interests

  • Environmental Microbiology and Public Health.
  • Pollution mitigation/waste Management.
  • Conversion of trash to treasure/wastes to wealth.
  • Screening of Soil microbes for novel antibiotics and other vital secondary metabolites.
  • Engineering the microbes for enhanced productivity of these vital metabolites.

Primary Teaching Area

Microbiology

Other Experience

  • Feron Jon Pharm. Industries Ltd, Mgbidi,Imo state.
  • Assistant Q/C Manager, Encristo Pharm. Industries Ltd, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.
  • Microbiologists & Good manufacturing practice Officer,Helt Humania Pharm. Industries Ltd, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.
  • Quality Control Manager.

Profile

Across the globe, mankind is producing more refuse than ever before, creating unprecedented problems to the environment. People in developed countries throw away mountains of thrash, likewise those in the third world countries. These mountains of thrash, with the offensive odour emanating from them constitute the major source of environmental pollution. Interestingly, it has been discovered that huge sum of revenue is lying beneath these mountains of thrash and these thrash can be converted to treasure. The demand for food, fuel and energy resources continues to increase worldwide currently, there are many international efforts aimed at finding renewable sustainable, and environmental - friendly solutions to these problems. In addition, climate change is a growing concern around the world and stakeholders are aggressively seeking energy sources and technologies that can mitigate the impact of global warming. Renewable energies (naturally replenished) have been identified as a prime source of ‘clean’ energy, as they emit few or no net GHGs (Green House Gases) into the atmosphere. As a result, it is necessary for both developed and developing countries to work hand-in-hand to find alternative energy sources and to spread their use. It is against this background that I initiated a research work on Anaerobic Digestion of Lignocellulosic Organic Wastes (Corn stover and Rice Straw) for Biogas Production.

Publication

  • Odibo, F.J.C. & Opurum, C.C. (2011). Purification and Some Properties of Thermostable Glucose- producing Amylase from a Bacillus sp. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology.
  • Nwakile,C.D., Uduma, E. O., Okechi, O.C., Opurum, C.C., Nwanyanwu, C.E. (2011). Microbial and Physicochemical Qualities of Selected Co - trimoxazole and Metronidazole Formulations in South Eastern Nigerian. Journal of Advanced Pharmacy Education & Research 2: 81 - 89 ISSN 2249-3379.
  • Agboke, A.A., Opurum, C.C., Attama, A.A., Ugwu, C.C., Momoh, A.A., (2011). Evaluation of the Anti- microbial Activities of Crude Extract of Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta leaf and its interaction with some Antibiotics Prime Research on Medicine (PROM) Vol. 1(8), pp. 233-238.
  • Agboke, A.A., Uduma, E.O., Opurum, C. C.,Ibezim, E.C. (2011). Evaluation of Microbiological Quality of some Soybean Milk Products consumed in Nigeria Prime Research in Medicine (PROME), vol.1 (2), Pp.025-030.
  • Osonwa, U. E., Agboke A.A., Amadi, R.C., Okorie, O., and Opurum, C. C. (2011). Bioequivalence studies on some selected brands of ciprofloxacin hydrochloride tablets in the Nigerian market with ciproflox® as innovator brand. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science 01 (06); 80-84.
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Nwanebu, Ferdinand Chidi

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information

Email:

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.DIndustrial Microbiology,2002,Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

  • M.ScFood Microbiology, 1994, University of Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria.

  • B.Sc Microbiology, 1974, University of Ife, Oyo State, Nigeria

  • Diploma Medical Bacteriology, 1981, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

Research Interests

  • MedicalBacteriology
  • Industrial Microbiology.
  • Food Microbiology.

Primary Teaching Area

MedicalMicrobiology

Other Experience

  • Member, Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), 2005
  • Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM), 2003
  • Member, Nigerian Environmental Society, 1990
  • Member, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, 1981
  • Member, Post Graduate School Board Committee, 2009
  • Member, School of Science Post Graduate Committee, 2009
  • School of Sience Representative in Committee of Intellectual Products Exhibition, 2010.

Honours

Night of St. Christopher (KSC)

Profile

Drug resistance or inability of pathogenic microorganuisms to be susceptible to conventional antibiotics has led to persistence of many bacterial infections over the years. Consequently, cases of emerging and re-emerging of dreadful bacterial diseases have been recorded. The antimicrobials may be antibiotics or non-pharmaceutical antimicrobials consisting of chemical or natural compounds. Tradition healers have for long, used plants to prevent or cure diseases. Scientific investigations of these plants have revealed that they possess anti-microbial qualities by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Sensitivity results conducted by various researchers, using plant extracts, have revealed strong zones of inhibition againsts pathogensincluding Escherichiacoli, Proteus sp., Staphylococcusaureus, Pseudomonasaeruginosa, and Klebsiellaaerogenes. Advantages of using the plant extracts lie in their easy availability and non-toxic nature that could be detrimental to the health of the consumer. Eventually, it is envisaged that the highly sought-for alternative in anti-microbial treatment, which would be effective, safe and easily available at affordable prices, would emerge from plant investigations. The Asian countries led by China have taken the bold steps successfully. Nigeria cannot afford to be left out.

Publication

  • Ojiako OA, Obi RK, Nwanebu FC (2007). Pharmacologic evaluation of the activities of four traditional herbs on Onchocerca volvulus and Hookworms. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences 3(2):146-152
  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi UU, Orji NM (2009). Antibacterial qualities and phytochemical screening of the oils of Curcubitapepo and Brassica nigra. J. Med Plant. Res.3(5): 429-432
  • Obi RK, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi UU, Orji NM (2010). Premunition in Plasmodium falciparum malaria. African Journal of Biotechnology, 9(10): 1397- 1401
  • Obi RK, Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Orji NM, Ndubuisi UU (2010).Human Adaptation to Parasitism. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci.,1(2): 262-270
  • Obi RK, Orji NM, Nwanebu FC, Okangba CC, Ndubuisi UU (2010). Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases: the Perpetual menace. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci.,1(2): 271-282
  • Obi RK, Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Oparaocha ET, Orji NM, Ndubuisi UU (2010). Concurrent Parasitosis in an Onchocerciasis Endemic Community. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci.,1(2): 283-287
  • Obi RK, Okangba CC, Nwanebu, FC, Ndubuisi UU, Mgbemene IC, Braide W(2010). Relationship between HIV/AIDS andpoverty: A case study of two cities in AbiaState, Nigeria. Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences2(6): 356-360.
  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Okangba CC, Braide W, Orji NM,Ukegbu AD, Ukegbu PO (2011). Endemicity of Lymphatic Filariasis in three Local Government Areas in Imo State, Nigeria. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 5(5): 875-879
  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Chikwendu CI, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Okangba CC, Orji NM(2011). Concurrent Parasitosis in the Liver of Seropositive HIV Patients. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences5(5): 599-609
  • Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ojuromi T(2011). Diagnosisof intestinal cryptosporidiosis in Africa: Prospects and Challenges. Journal of Applied Biosciences, 40: 2599-2667
  • Nwanebu FC, Ogbulie JN, Obi RK, Ojiako AO (2011).Chemical and silt-inducedeutrophication syndrome at OtamiriRiver, Owerri, Nigeria. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology3(8): 358-361
  • Nwanebu FC, Obi RK, Chikwendu CI, Okangba CC (2011). Implications of Parasitosis as a health-care index among indigenes of Umueze II Community,Ehime Mbano. International Journal of Environmental Health and Health Development; 12(2): 20-24
  • Nwanebu FC, Obi RK, Ogbulie C, Nwachukwu IN, Chukwu FN (2011). Antimicrobial activity of leaf and root extracts of Vernoniaamygdalina(Bitter leaf) on some bacterial isolates. International Journal of Health and Human Develpoment.12(1): 51-59
  • Nwanebu FC, Ojiako OA, Obi RK, Chikwendu CI, Igwilo CR (2011). Microbialsuccession in meat spoilage; International Journal of Environmental Health& Human Development12 (1): 31-37
  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Onuoha LN, Chiegboka N (2011). Ethanolic extraction and phytochemical screening of two Nigerian herbs on pathogens isolated from wound infections. PharmacieGlobale (IJCP), 2(10): 1-5746
  • Obi RK and Nwanebu FC (2010). Prions and Prion Diseases. In Microbiology, 1stedition, Adegboro, B (ed). Ibadan University Press, Publishing House, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (41): 455-470.
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ROSE N. NWABUEZE

Professor

Contact Information

Email:
dvcadmin6@futo.edu.ng

Academic/Professional Qualification

  • B.Sc Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
  • Ph.D Microbiology, University of Newcastle, England

Research Interests

  • Microbial Physiology - Bacterial surface Chemistry
  • Medical Microbiology- Medicinal Herbs and Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Bioremediation- Plant-microbial Systems in remediation of polluted environment.

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Acting Head of Department: 2003 – 2005
  • Member 9th Governing Council 2009-date

Other Experience

None

Profile

Prof. (Mrs) Rose Nkechinyere Nwabueze of the Department of Microbiology is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. She holds the record of being the first female in that position in the 31 years of the University’s existence.

Prof. (Mrs) Nwabueze obtained a B.Sc Honours degree in Microbiology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1979 and a Ph.D also in Microbiology from the University of Newcastle, England in 1987. She is a member of several learned societies, which include the Nigerian Society for Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology Society of Nigeria.

Prof. (Mrs) Nwabueze was a British Medical Research Council Scholar who worked as a Junior Research Associate at the University of Newcastle, England before joining the Federal University of Technology, Owerri in 1988. Her research interests are in the areas of Analysis of the Surface Chemistry of Bacteria, Control of Microbial Diseases and the use of Microbes and Plant-Microbial Systems in the Remediation of Polluted Environment She has published research articles in national and international journals. Some of these publications are:

Publication

  • NWABUEZE, R. N. (1996). Effect of growth conditions on the amount and extent of alanylation of lipoteichoic acid of Staphylococcus Aureus. Nigeria Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Vol. 11, 45 - 51.
  • NWABUEZE, R. N. and A. R. ARCHIBALD (1997). A Rapid method for the measurement of alditol and alanine ester contents of cell wall and cell membrane teichoic acids. Nigeria Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Vol. 12, 11-17.
  • NWABUEZE, R. N. and A. R. ARCHIBALD (1997). Effect of growth conditions on the secretion of proteins by Staphylococcus aureus. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology. Vol. 11, 104-107.
  • NWABUEZE, R. N. and A. R. ARCHIBALD (1998). Alanine ester content of walls of phosphate-pulsed cultures of Bacillus subtilis W23. Nigeria Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Vol. 13, 7 – 12.
  • NWABUEZE, R. N. (1999). Salmonella agglutinins in healthy individuals in Owerri, Nigeria. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 9, 87 – 90.
  • NWABUEZE, R. N., G.O.C. ONYIA and I. L. ADAELU (2000). Incidence of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases in Abia State, Nigeria. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 10, 263 – 270.
  • NWABUEZE, R. N. and A. R. ARCHIBALD. (2002). Control of alanine ester content of teichoic acid of Staphylococcus aureus. Nigerian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Vol. 17 (1), 65 – 70.
  • ADIEZE, I. E., NWABUEZE, R. N. And G.O.C. ONYEZE. (2003). Effect of poultry manure on the microbial utilization of Hydrocarbons in oil-polluted soil. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology. 17 (1), 12 – 18.
  • OKOLO, J.C., NWEKE, C. O., NWABUEZE, R.N., ANYAEGBU, B., CHUKWU, C. J., CHUKWUEKE, C. P. and NWANYANWU, C.E. (2008). Impacts of some divalent cations on periplasmic nitrate reductase and dehydrogenase enzyme of Escherichia, Pseudomonas and Ancienobacter species. Revista Ambiete è Agua – A Journal of Applied Science. Vol. 3 (2): 5 – 18.
  • ORJI J. C., NWEKE, C. O., NWABUEZE, R. N., ANYANWU, L. O. CHIGBO AND NWANYANWU C.E. (2011) Effects of Abattoir Wastes on Ammonium and Nitrite Consumptions in a Tropical Fresh Water Ecosystem. Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 4(6):590-600.
  • ADIEZE, I. E., ORJI, J. C., NWABUEZE, R. N. and Onyeze G.O.C. (2012). Hydrocarbon stress response of four tropical plants in weathered crude oil contaminated soil in microcosms. Journal of Environmental Studies. DOI:10.1080/00207233.2012.665785.