Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology

Dr Priscilla N. Abara

Dr Priscilla Nkeonye Abara

Senior Lecturer

BSc. Zoology, MSc. Zoology, PhD. Biotechnology


Dr Priscilla Nkeonye Abara is a native of Umuene Obiangwu in Ngor – Okpalla Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria.  She is an alumnus of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Master’s degree in zoology (with interest in environmental pollution). She further obtained her PhD. Degree in Biotechnology from the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki. She is also a registered sanitarian.

She was employed as an assistant lecturer in 2005 and her professional carrier has witnessed progressive elevations from assistant lecturer to senior lecturer. Dr Abara has taught and supervised many research works of undergraduate and graduate students in the Biotechnology and Biology Departments.

Dr Priscilla Abara has authored books in her discipline and papers from her research work have been published in reputed scientific journals. She is happily married to Mr Alexander. C. Abara and the union is blessed with six children.

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc. (Hons) Zoology University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria, 1991.
  • MSc. Zoology, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos Nigeria, 2006.
  • PhD Biotechnology, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria 2016

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), 2013.
  • Member, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry African Region, 2013.
  • Member, Organization of Women Scientist in the Developing World (OWSD), 2009.
  • Member, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN), 2008

  • Member, Research for Life Community, 2010.
  • Member, Global Science Committee (GSC), 2015
  • West African Society of Toxicology (WASOT)
  • Registered Environmental Health Officer of Nigeria (Sanitarian)(2018)

Assigned Courses:

BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 202, BIO 302, BIO 307, BIO 309, BIO 308, BIO 401, BIO 405, BIO 505, BIO 506, BIO 515

Teaching/Professional Experience

  • Member School of Biological Sciences Board of Studies Federal University of Technology Owerri (2015-Date)
  • Member Department of Biology Board of Studies Federal University of Technology Owerri (2005-Date)
  • Member, Department of Biology Postgraduate Board, Federal University of Technology Owerri (2016 – Date)
  • Examination Officer, Department of Biology (2012 – Date)
  • Chairman, Department of Biology Examination committee; (2017 – Date)
  • Academic adviser (Undergraduate), Department of Biotechnology (2008-2013)


Other Experiences

  • Pesticide Risk Assessment for Pollinators (2015).
  • E-Resource national leadership course on the training of trainers, (2010).
  • Genetics and molecular biology approaches to disease control and environmental pollution management in Nigeria, (2009).
  • Molecular markers and their applications in tropical agriculture for breeders, Agronomists, pathologists, biotechnologists, microbiologist etc. (2008).

Research Interest

  • Environmental Safety
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Environmental Management


  1. Adjeroh, L. N., Nwachukwu, M. O., Abara, P. N., Nnokwe, J. C., Azorji, J. N and Osinomumu, I. O.  (2020). Phytochemical Screening and Antibacterial/Antifungal Activities of Root and Shoot Extracts of Euphorbia   hirta (Asthma Weed), International Journal of Tropical Disease and Health, 41(6): 1 – 10
  2. Abara, P. N.; Udebuani, A. C.; Okeke, I. H. and Adjeroh L. N. (2019). Risk Assessment of Heavy Metals in Vegetables Grown Around Quarry Sites in Okigwe, Southeastern Nigeria. International Network Organization for Scientific Research 5(1): 59-65
  3. Abara, P. N., Adjero, L. A., Ezea, O. C., Udebuani, A. C. and Nnamani, C. J. (2018).  Genotoxic Potential of The Cypermethrin-Based Pesticide Best® On African Catfish Clarias gariepinusIDOSR journal of science and technology      3(1): 1-8
  4. Udebuani, A. C., Ezeji, E. U., Agu, R. C., Onwurah, I. N. E. and Abara, P. N. (2018). Bioavailability and Genotoxicity of Glyphosate Treated Soil on Archachatina maginataNature and Science 16(7): 119 – 125
  5. Udebuani, A. C., Otitoju, O., Akaniru, C. N., Nwaogu, L. A. and Abara, P. N. (2018). Effects of Chronic Consumption of Cola nitida on Melatonin and Enzyme Production in Albino Wistar Rats. Der pharmacia letter 9(11): 7 – 15
  6. Offor C. E., Abara P. N., Ugwu Okechukwu P.C., Ekpono, E. U., Aloke, C. and Eneh, C.                      (2017). Vitamin and mineral composition of Annona muricata.  International  Digital             Organization for Scientific Research. Idosr journal of scientific research, 2(1):76-     82.
  7. P. M., Nwobasi, C. S., Alum, E. U., Udeh s.m.c., Edwin N., Orinya o.f.,   Abara P. N. and Aloke C. (2017). Mineral and proximate compositions of Nauclae latifolia root bark from Abakaliki Ebonyi State. International Journal  of  Biology, Pharmacy and Allied Sciences, 6(2): 375-382
  8. Offor, E., Aloke, C., Ominyi, M. C., Edwin, N., Ugwu Okechukwu, P. C., Nwobasi, C. S., Abara, P. N. and Njoku, J.O. (2017).  Evaluation of the anti-diabetic effect of ethanol leaf-extract of Pterocarpus santalinoides in Alloxan- induced diabetic albino rats. International Digital Organization for Scientific Research.  IDOSR Journal of Applied Sciences 2(1) 114-122
  9. Aja, P. M., Uzuegbu,  E.,  Opajobi,  A. O.,  Udeh,  S. M. C., Alum, E. U.,  Abara, P. N., Nwite, F. and Ibere, J. B. (2017). Comparative effect of ethanol leaf-  extracts of ficus capensis and moringa oleifera on some haematological indices in normal albino rats.  Indo American Journal of Pharmaceutical             Sciences. 4 (02), 471-476
  10. Offor, C. E., Uzuegbu, U. E., Opajobi, A. O., Ugwu Okechukwu, P. C., Uneke, F. C., Abara, N. and Orinya, O. F. (2017).  Proximate composition and phytochemical analysis of the endosperm of Cocos nucifera L.   International.  Digital Organization for Scientific Research. IDOSR Journal of             Scientific Research 2(1):83-90
  11. Udebuani, A. C., Otitoju, O., Abara, P. N., Eze, E. C. and Duru, M. C. (2017). Cytotoxicological response of Zea mays to crude oil: The ecological effects of exposure to contaminants. International Journal of Biochemistry Research and Review, 16 (3): 1 – 9
  12. Ibiam, U. A., Abara, P. N., Udebuani, A. C. and Ezea, O. C. (2016). Evaluation of detergent residue concentrated in food processed with detergent. European    Journal of Applied Sciences, 8 (5): 297 – 300
  13. Udebuani, A. C., Otitoju, O., Onweremadu, E. U., Abara, P. N. and Alaekwe, C. K. (2016). Climate change impact and carbon sequestration of agricultural soil around automobile service centre in Southeastern Nigeria. Journal of      Pharmacy and Biological Sciences, 11 (1): 14 – 18
  14. Udebuani, A. C., Ofoma, A. O., Otitoju, O., Abara, P. N., Ezejiofor, T. N. and Chukwuma, M. C. (2016). Cytotoxic and genotoxic impacts of pharmaceutical effluent from K. P. Pharmaceutical industry, Nigeria. American Chemical Science Journal, 16(2): 1 – 10
  15. Udebuani, A. C., Abara, P. C., Obasi, K. O. and Okuh, S. U. (2015). Studies on the insecticidal properties of Chromolaena odoranta (Asteraceae) against the adult stage of  Periplaneta AmericanaJournal of Entomology and Zoology   Studies, 3 (1): 129 –    133
  16. Abara, P. N., Ibiam, U. A., Ubi, B., Udebuani, A. C. and Ugwu-Okechukwu, P. C. (2014).             Cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of two detergents on Rattus norvegicusWorld Engineering and Applied Sciences Journal, 5 (2): 53 – 58
  17. Abara, P. N., Udebuani, A. C., Thomas, B. P., Duru, M. C. and Allison, L. N. (2013).     Cytotoxicity of Deltamethrin on the growth of onions (Allium cepa). International         Journal            for Environmental Health and Human Development, 14 (1): 26 – 30
  18. Onweremadu, E. U., Udebuani, A. C. and Abara, P. N. (2012). Soil carbon accumulation and soil microbial biomass in two use types as influenced by parent material.  Agricultural Journal, 7: 292 – 296
  19. Udebuani, A. C., Ugochukwu, I. T. and Abara, P. N. (2011). Glyphosate exposure: its toxicological effects on giant African snail Archachatina marginata.  International Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development, 14 (1): 436 – 442
  20. Abara, P. N. and Udebuani, A. C. (2010). Effect of oral administration of laundry detergent on selected organs of Albino Wistar rat. International Journal of  Environmental Health and Human Development, 11 (2): 27 – 33
  21. Ifeanyi, V. O., Obiekezie, S. O., Udebuani, A. C. and Abara, P. N. (2006). Quality evaluation of sachet water sold in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences. 2 (4) 332 – 335
  22. Obiekezie, S. O., Abara, P. N., Okereke, J. N. and Ifeanyi, V. O. (2006). Physicochemical and bacteriological evaluation of underground water in Enugu metropolis, South-East Nigeria. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 22 (3): 240 – 245
  23. Abara, P. N., Obiekezie, S. O., Onyeabga, R. A. and Nwaugo, V. O. (2005). Physicochemical characteristics of Ivo River, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. International Journal of Natural and Applied          Sciences, 1 (2): 145 – 149