The Department of Physiology was recently established by the University Senate to start a B.Sc. programme in Physiology. It is one of the fundamental Departments in School of Basic Medical Sciences of the Federal University of Technology Owerri. Physiology is the study of the functioning of various parts of a living organism (body) and the mechanisms by which the functions are performed and regulated. It is a field that has strong relationship with other medical and allied health training programmes. It attempts to explain the physical and chemical features of the human body that are responsible for its origin, development, growth, health and survival. Physiology is regarded as the ‘mother of all medical sciences’ because it is fundamental in the training of other medical, paramedical and health personnel, such as, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, dentists, physiotherapists, biomedical engineers and other health scientists and technologists. A Physiologist tries to understand and explain the functional characteristics and mechanisms of the living human body fluid or structure in various conditions or environments. A Physiologist uses his knowledge and skill in physiology to directly investigate or extrapolate the potential usefulness, adverse effects or safety of any physical, chemical or environmental factor on the human homeostatic activities, whether in normal or abnormal exposures. For instance, a Physiologist may study the effect of a new medicine, pollutant or high atmospheric temperature on the respiratory rate. Applied Physiologist is trained to know how to investigate or determine physiological challenges in clinics, work places, homes or in any unusual environment or emergency. He decides and takes the relevant measurements and interprets the results to the medical personnel, patient or any other client. For human safety reasons, he carries out a lot of in vitro and in vivo preclinical or field experimentations prior to human studies.
Philosophy of the Programme
The philosophy of the undergraduate physiology programme is to train students in theoretical, practical and applied physiology to make such graduates suitable to utilize the basic knowledge for future problem solving and other applications – like in practice of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, etc. The graduates should be able to function as entrepreneurs whether in public service or self employed.
Aim of the programme
To produce graduates equipped with basic knowledge physiology and practical skills in order to carry out basic physiological measurements and actively participate in health education, screening, diagnosis, therapy, monitoring, promotion, fitness or safety, thereby providing solutions to diverse fitness, health and safety challenges.
Objectives of the programme
1. To train students to acquire basic knowledge of physiological principles.
2. To train students to acquire sufficient practical knowledge and practical skills in experimental physiology.
3. To train students to have knowledge of applied physiology as used in medicine, pharmacy, nursing and other health sciences and technology.
4. To train students who will be able to apply physiology knowledge.
5. To train students in physiological knowledge sufficient for them to proceed for further studies in physiology or other related fields of specialization.
6. To train students who can adapt themselves after schooling, to various life endeavours, including entrepreneurship.
Career prospects for graduates of the programme:
The programme will produce graduates that will reasonably fill in the existing wide gap existing in clinical/safety measurement departments of hospitals, schools, environmental, health and safety sectors. Graduates will have training that can be applied to determine the physiological status of persons/workers in industries, sports or any adverse environment. Furthermore, the programme will train clinical measurement scientists for example in spirometry, electroencephalogram, electrocardiogram, and electromyogram who will work in the clinical measurement laboratories of hospitals. In addition, the programme will produce heart-lung machine scientists who are indispensable during open heart surgery. The graduates from the program will also acquire entrepreneurial skills to establish private practice in order to reasonably fill in the related gaps existing in the health care delivery and physiological safety systems. Consequently, they are expected to contribute through their researches or public/private practice as:
a) Research and Clinical Laboratory Scientists
b) Clinical measurement Scientists such as Cardio-Physiologists, Neurophysiologists, Respiratory Physiologists, Gastrointestinal/Nutrition Physiologists, Auditory Physiologists, Exercise Physiologists, Embryologist, Reproductive Endocrinologists, Heart Lung Machine Scientists, Biomedical Scientists Performing Spirometry, ECG, EEG, EMG, etc.
c) Lecturers/Tutors/Teachers at various of educational Institutions.
d) Sports physiologists
e) Health and fitness advisors
f) Food, pharmaceutical and allied marketing representatives
g) Human science journalists: science writers/presenters
h) Environmental/Occupational physiologists
i) Systems physiologists.
j) Safety Pharmacologists.
k) HSE, HIA and EIA consultants.The graduates’ wealth of knowledge is very applicable in diverse fields of endeavour, such as aviation, mining, manufacturing, job recruitment/training, hospitality/recreational, banking, food, beauty/cosmetology, textile/clothing, biomedical engineering industries and other establishments where efficient management of human resources and safety is a priority.
|GENERAL BIOLOGY I||BIO 103|
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY I||CHM 101|
|ENGINEERING DRAWING||ENG 103|
|INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH||FRN 101|
|USE OF ENGLISH I||GST 101|
|INTRODUCTION TO IGBO GRAMMAR||IGB 101|
|ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS I||MTH 101|
|GENERAL PHYSICS I||PHY 101|
|WORKSHOP PRACTICE I||ENG 101|
|SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY||GST 110|
|IGBO LANGUAGE II||IGB 102|
|ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II||MTH 102|
|GENERAL PHYSICS II||PHY 102|
|GENERAL BIOLOGY II||BIO 104|
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY II||CHM 102|
|WORKSHOP PRACTICE II||ENG 102|
|ENGINEERING DRAWING II||ENG 104|
|FRENCH LANGUAGE II||FRN 102|
|USE OF ENGLISH II||GST 102|
|SOCIAL SCIENCE I||GST 108|
|COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I||CSC 201|
|INTRODUCTION, AND GROSS ANATOMY OF UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS||ANA 201|
|BASIC HISTOLOGY AND CYTOLOGY||ANA 203|
|GENERAL EMBRYOLOGY||ANA 205|
|INTRODUCTORY/GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY||BCH 203|
|BIOCHEMISTRY OF MACROMOLECULES||BCH 205|
|INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY||IMB 201|
|GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF PHYSIOLOGY||PHS 201|
|PHYSIOLOGY OF BLOOD AND OTHER BODY FLUIDS||PHS 211|
|NIGERIAN AND AFRICAN CULTURE||GST 201|
|GROSS ANATOMY OF THE THORAX, ABDOMEN, PELVIS AND PERINEUM||ANA 202|
|SYSTEMIC HISTOLOGY I||ANA 204|
|SYSTEMIC EMBRYOLOGY I||ANA 206|
|BIOENERGETICS AND ENZYMOLOGY||BCH 204|
|METABOLISM AND BIOSYNTHETIC PATHWAYS||BCH 206|
|MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY||MED 202|
|EXCITABLE TISSUES (NERVE AND MUSCLE) AND AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM||PHS 222|
|RESPIRATORY AND CARDIOVASCULAR PHYSIOLOGY||PHS 234|
|GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT PHYSIOLOGY||PHS 278|
|SIWES/ STUDENTS’ LABORATORY TRAINING FOR TWO MONTHS (in any relevant place during the long vacation)||SIWES 200/ PHS 290|
|MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY.||MCB 202|
Dr. ONYEBUAGU PETER CHUKWUMA
Professional interests are in teaching human physiology and research. Recreational interests are in reading and playing lawn tennis.
Academic and Professional Qualification
PhD, M.Sc.(Human Physiology)
Education Trust Fund (ETF) Research Grant, 2015.
Onyebuagu P.C., D.TPughikumo. andC.P.Aloamaka (2014) Effects of Dietary Xylopiaaethiopica on Hematological Parameters and Plasma Lipids in Male Wistar Rats. Int J. Basic and Innov. Res. 3(1): 29-34.
2. Onyebuagu, P. C., Kiridi K. and Pughikumo D. T. (2014) Effects of Septrin Administration on Blood Cells Parameters in Humans. Int J Basic, Appl and Innovative Res. 3(1): 14-18.
3. PughikumoDibo T., Onyebuagu P.C and Pughikumo O.C. (2014) A Preliminary Study of Blood Groups Among Students in Bayelsa State.Int J Basic, Appl and Innovative Res. 3(1): 19 – 22.
4. Onyebuagu P.C., C. P. Aloamaka and J.C. Igweh (2013) XylopiaaethiopicaLowers Plasma Lipid Precursors of Reproductive Hormones in Wistar rats. IntJ Herbs and Pharmacol Res. 2(4): 48-53.
5. Onyebuagu P.C., D.T. Pughikumo and P. Erigbali (2013) Effects of Xylopiaaethiopica on Serum Electrolytes and Trace Elements in Male Wistar rats. Int J Basic, Appl and Innovative Res. 2(4) 100-105.
6. Onyebuagu, P.C., D.T. Pughikumo and C.P.Aloamaka (2013) Antifertility Effects of Dietary Xylopiaaethiopica in Female Wistar Rats. Nigerian Annals of Natural Sciences, Volume 12(1): 017-025.
7. Onyebuagu P.C., D.T. Pughikumoand C.P.Aloamaka (2013) Reversal of Antifertility Effect of Dietary Xylopiaaethiopica in Female Wistar Rats. Nigerian Annals of Natural Sciences, Volume 12(1): 026-35.
8. (14). PughikumoDibo T., Pughikumo O.C. and Onyebuagu P.C. (2013) Lipid Profile of Newly Diagnosed Treatment Naïve HIV Patients in Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria. Niger Delta Journal of Medicine and Medical Research. 1(1): 22 – 25.
9. Onyebuagu P.C., C.P. Aloamaka and J.C. Igweh (2013) Effect of Dietary Intake of Xylopiaaethiopicaon Reproductive Hormones and Plasma Lipids in Wistar Rats. Physiological Society of Nigeria Conference, Ibadan. (Abstract).
10. Prohp T.P, Anyanwu L.C, Uzoaru S.C, Onyebuagu P.C, .Obeto N and Onoagbe I.O (2008) Effects of Aqueous Extract of Triplochitonscleroxylonon White Blood Cell Differential in Alloxan-induced Diabetic Rabbits. Pakistani J. Nutrition. 7(2);258-261
11. Ukwandu N.C.D., Nmorsi O.P.G., Odiabe O.A, Okorie T.G, Dare W. Oyinbo C.A and Onyebuagu P.C (2006). Larvicidal Properties of Ethanolic Extract of Piper guinensis. Nig J. Biotech 17 (1-2) 25-31.
12. Ukwandu N.C.D, Nmorsi O.P.G., Ejiaga I.N, EzimahA.C.U.andOnyebuagu P.C (2006) The Correlation Between the Severity of Anemia and Parasite Burden Among Hospitalized Patients in Nigeria. Emirates Medical Journal 24(3): 227-231.
13. Prohp T.P, Onoagbe I.O, Onyebuagu P.C, Omeni A.A, Okoli R.I and Obeto N.P (2006). Effect of Aqueous Extract of Trplochitonscleroxylon on Red Blood Cells and Associated Parameters in Alloxan-induced Diabetic Rabbits. Pakistani J. Nutrition 5(5): 425-428.
14. Uzoaru S.C, Erabhor T, Onyebuagu P.C. Prohp T.P., Oke O.T. and Aghatise E.A.K. (2005) Jehovah’s Witness and the Right to Refuse Blood Transfusion. J. Applied and Basic Sc. 3(1&2): 186-187.
15. Uzoaru S.C, AgbonlahorD.E,Aloamaka C.P, Turay A.A, Agbiremolen A. Prohp T.P, Onyebuagu P.C.Erhabor T., Igwe C.U. and Agwu E. (2005) Effect of Triphasic Exercise on Blood Rheology and Pathophysiology. J. Med. Lab Sc.14 (2) 13-15.
16. Prohp T.P., Mendie E.A., Madush A.O., Uzoaru S.C., Aigbiremolen A. and Onyebuagu P.C., (2004) Cyanide Content of Parts of Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinpulcherima) Grown in Nigeria. J Med Lab Sc. 13(4) 29-32.
17. Onyebuagu P.C., Aloamaka C.P., and Nwokocha C. (2004) Sources of Calcium Ions for Vascular Smooth Muscle Contraction in Pregnancy. Nig. J. PhysiolSc .19 (1-2): 118 (Abstract)
18. Onyebuagu P.C, Aloamaka C.P., .Inegbenebor U., Nwokocha C (2004) Interpretation of Data on Contractions in Blood Vessels from Pregnant Rats: Need for Caution. Nig. J. Physiol Sc. 19 (1-2): 119 (Abstract)
19. Uzoaru S,C, Agwu E., Ureme S.O., Abdulahi J.J., Turey A.A, Onyebuagu P.C., Ikaraoha C.I. and Nwaopara, A. (2004) Bioterrorism and Microbes in Biological Warfare Practice. J Biomed Sc in Africa 1(1):54-58.
20. Agwu E,A, J.O. Isibor, G.R.A.Okogun, J. Epoke, M.I. Agba, P.C Onyebuagu, and A. Nwaopara (2003). Evaluation of the Immunogenicity of Locally Prepared Somatic Antigens of Salmonella typhi. Nig J. Biomed Engr. 2(1): 14-18.
21. Nwaopara A.O., Onyebuagu P.C. Agwu E.A., P.A .Aliga and A.O.Omeni (2001) Moistening the Finger in the Mouth During Manual Counting of Naira Notes as a Habit Among Naira Notes Uses in Nigeria. Nig. J Biomed Engineering. (Abstract).
Genetics of Pre-eclampsia in Indigenous Black Women in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. – On-going. (Grant sum: Two million naira only).
Above 10 years of university teaching experience.
Dr. IWUJI SAMUEL CHIDI
Dr. Iwuji held several academic and administrative leadership positions in the University. The recent ones included: Ag. Head and Chairman, Academic Board of Physiology Department (2016-); Post Graduate Coordinator, Department of Biomedical Technology (2014-); School (SOHT) SIWES Coordinator (2014 –); Chairman, SOHT Lecture Series Committee (2015 -); Coordinator, SOHT Physiology Courses (2005 –); Chairman, Finance Committee, 2016 SOHT International Conference (2016); Chairman, NIBE- FUTO Linkage Programme Coordinating Committee (2010-), among others.
He is a Member of The Physiological Society based in UK and Physiological Society of Nigeria; a Member, College of Fellows, Nigeria Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (affiliated to International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering and the National Secretary, Association of Biomedical Engineers and Technologists.
He has supervised two post graduate (M.Sc.) projects and over 30 undergraduate projects with technological designs / productions and over 30 publications.
He has attended over 30 conferences and learned society activities
As a community leader, Dr Iwuji is the Chairman of Ezumoha Town Union, Owerri Branch (2014-) and National Secretary of Umuakam Development Union, Ezumoha, Isiala Mbano. (2010- ) and Association of Biomedical Engineers and Technologists of Nigeria (NABET): 2015-, among others. He is happily married with children.
Department of Physiology,
School of Basic Medical Sciences,
Federal University of Technology Owerri
2012 - 2015
Department of Biomedical Technology (BMT)
School of Health Technology,
Federal University of Technology Owerri
Federal University of Technology Owerri.
Federal University of Technology Owerri.
Department of Physiokinetics & BMT
Federal University of Technology Owerri.
Assistant lecturer (F.T)
Centre for Continuing Education Programmes on Public Health; Biomedical Technology; Environmental Health.