Biochemistry Department

About us

Philosophy

The philosophy of our degree programme is to produce graduates with an in-depth knowledge of both the practical and theoretical aspects of Biochemistry that will be broad enough to permit self-employment after graduation.  We also hope to produce graduates that will take up employment within and outside the country in any aspect of Biochemistry and/or related endeavours.

Aims and Objectives of the Programme

The main aim and objective of the degree programme in biochemistry should be:

  1. To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of biochemical knowledge and practical skills.
  2. To develop in students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in biochemistry.
  3. to develop in students, a range of transferable skills that are of value in biochemical and non-biochemical employment.
  4. To provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of biochemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving biochemistry.
  5. To provide, through training and orientation, an appreciation of the solutory rewards of inter-and multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems.
  6. To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of biochemistry in industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social of complex life problems.
  7. To install in students a sense enthusiasm for biochemistry, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.

Also, the course is designed to expose students to all the major areas of Biochemistry through series of lectures, laboratory exercises and tutorials. In the fourth year, students are exposed to industrial work experience in many relevant industries to complement their lectures and tutorials and as an advancement and actual realization of the practical benefits associated with the programme.  In the fifth year, students are given the opportunity to develop more specialized understanding through an extended research project.  A six-month industrial attachment is an important component of the course in the Rain Semester of the fourth year.

History

The Biochemistry programme in the Federal University of Technology, Owerri,  came into existence in 1986 as a unit of the omnibus Department of Biological Sciences in the School of Natural and Applied Sciences (SNAS) under the headship of the then Dr. (Mrs.) B. N. Anyanwu.  In 1988, the Department of Biological Sciences was expanded with degree options in Industrial Microbiology and Industrial Biochemistry.  The curricula for Industrial Microbiology and Industrial Biochemistry options were approved by Senate in 1989/90 academic session.  In the 2002/2003 session, the University Senate approved the creation of the Department of Biochemistry.  By the year 2003, the Department of Biological Sciences was eventually demerged and out of it came four administratively autonomous departments viz: Biochemistry, Industrial Microbiology, Biotechnology and Molecular Biology.  Prof. A. I. Ukoha was appointed the pioneer Head of Department.  Since then, FUTO has operated and awarded undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Biochemistry.  Molecular Biology was later collapsed into Biotechnology and a new Department of Biological Sciences emerged.

A Chronicle of Departmental Headship since Inception

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

  1. Dr. (Mrs.) B. N. Anyanwu                                                   1986 – 1991
  2. Prof. A. I. Ukoha                                                                   1991 – 1992
  3. Prof. M. O. E. Iwuala                                                            1992 – 1993
  4. Dr. L. E. Aririatu                                                                   1993 – 1996
  5. Prof. P. T. E. Ozoh                                                                1996 – 1999
  6. Prof. G. O. C. Onyeze                                                           1999 –  2002
  7. Dr. F. O. U. Osuala                                                               2002 –  2003

DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY

  1. Prof. A. I. Ukoha                                                                    2003 – 2006
  2. Dr. (Mrs.) N. C. Agha                                                           2006 – 2008
  3. Dr. O. A. Ojiako                                                                     2008 – 2011
  4. Dr. R. N. Nwaoguikpe                                                          2011 – 2013
  5. Prof. N. Nwachukwu                                                            2013 – 2015
  6. Prof. G.O.C. Onyeze                                                             2015 – 2016
  7. Dr. K.M.E. Iheanacho                                                          2016 – 2018
  8. Prof. O.A. Ojiako                                                                   2018 – 2019
  9. Prof. A.C. Ene                                                                        2019 – Date

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