About us - Department of Microbiology

About us

Philosophy and Objectives of the Department

The programme has been designed to provide a sound and general understanding of the concepts of microorganisms in relation to mankind, the environment, medicine and health, agriculture, food and the industry. In general the programme will elaborate on microbial activities that are crucial to the balance of nature. The microbiological programme will link the traditional biotechnologies to the current modern technologies and to biotechnology. The programme will sufficiently prepare students to take up positions in the industry, medical and health sectors, research institutes, for post graduate and professional studies in pure and applied areas of Microbiology and other related areas of biotechnology.

Brief History of the Department

The Department of Microbiology started in 1986 as Industrial Microbiology Programme in the Biological Sciences Programme in the then School of Natural and Applied Sciences (SNAS).

In 1988, the University decided to operate a Departmental structure and based on NUC approved minimum academic standards, the Department of Biological Sciences was established with options in Industrial Microbiology, Industrial Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. 

In 2001/2002 academic sessions, the Department of Biological Sciences was split into four Departments namely: Industrial Microbiology, Industrial Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Molecular Biology.  The Department of Microbiology took off in 2002/2003 session with staff strength of fifteen academic and three technical staff and awarded a B. Tech., Industrial Microbiology.  In 2007, the Department of Microbiology obtained full accreditation.

In the 2011/2012 session, the curriculum for the Department of Microbiology was reviewed for the award of B. Tech. Microbiology while the name of the programme was changed to Microbiology. The Department has thirty-three (33) Academic staff including six (6) in the Professorial cadre. The student population has grown from sixty in 2002/2003 to four hundred and eighty-eight (488) in 2017/2018 session.

Successive Heads of Department

The Department has been administered over the years by

  1. Prof. (Mrs.) B.N. Anyanwu                 –         1986 – 1991
  2. Prof. A.I. Ukoha                                     –        1991 – 1992
  3. Prof. M.O.E. Iwuala                              –         1992 – 1993
  4. Prof. L.E. Aririatu                                 –         1993 – 1996
  5. Prof. P.T.E. Ozoh                                  –         1996 – 1999
  6. Prof. G.O.C. Onyeze                             –         1995 – 2001
  7. Prof. F.O.U Osuala                               –         2001 – 2002
  8. Prof. (Mrs.) R.N. Nwabueze              –          2002 – 2005
  9. Prof. V.I. Ibekwe                                  –          2005 – 2008
  10. Prof.  J.N. Ogbulie                               –          2008 – 2011
  11. Prof. (Mrs.) J.C. Orji                           –           2011 – 2014
  12. Prof. S.I. Okorondu                            –            2014 –2016
  13. Prof. E. S. Amadi                                 –           2016 – 2017
  14. Prof. C. O. Nweke                                 –          2017-   2019
  15. Prof. C. C. Nwanyanwu                –           2019 – date.

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