Since its establishment in 1986, as a unit of the omnibus Department of Biological Sciences in the School of Natural and Applied Sciences (SNAS), the Department of Biochemistry has grown to become one of the finest in the continent. Biochemistry is a scientific discipline that focuses on the chemical basis of life. It explains life in chemical terms, life is a dynamic phenomenon that integrates a gamut of chemical/biochemical reactions aimed at sustaining a continuous flow of energy to cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. In biochemical terms, life is an open system that allows the flow of metabolites in and out of the system in which cyclical events are sustained in a perpetuation of its existence.
Biochemistry has a sound influence on our understanding of Medicine, Health and Nutrition. Results from biochemical studies have already led to a molecular understanding of diseases such as diabetes, sickle cell anaemia, phenylketonuria, cystic fibrosis, and hypercholesterolemia. The Department of Biochemistry in the Federal University of Technology, Owerri focuses on all areas of biochemistry, including industrial biochemistry to actually nurture and turn out high breed biochemists.