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History of Department of Biochemistry


The Department of Biochemistry was carved out from the Department of Chemistry in October, 1978.  It was nurtured as a discipline in the Department of Chemistry in the 1977/78 academic session, before it became a full-fledged Department.  The impetus to establish the Department was derived from the need to train students in the application of biochemical principles/techniques to solving problems of medical, pharmaceutical, industrial and agricultural importance.  It was also informed by the rapid explosion in biochemical researches in Europe and America during the first half of the 20th century.  It was therefore concluded that a country like Nigeria poised for technological break-through could not afford to be unconcerned about these developments.


Under the leadership of Dr. A. A. Odutuga (now a Professor and retired from University of Ilorin) the first batch of six students was admitted in October, 1977 and graduated in 1980.  From this humble beginning, the Department has witnessed rapid expansion in its programme, student population, physical and teaching facilities and staff strength.


Today, the Department of Biochemistry under the leadership of Dr. MT. Yakubu, an Associate Professor of Biochemistry, is one of those at the forefront of providing exemplary leadership in teaching and research in the Faculty of Science, with bounteous research potentials for both the basic and the applied researches.  Graduates of the Department have secured good positions in the medical sector, industries research institutes, banking sectors, universities and other tertiary institutions.


Philosophy, Aims and Objectives of the degree Programme


The philosophy of the programme is to train men and women to be able to pursue an in-depth knowledge of the chemical basis of life (using Biochemistry to explain transformation at the cellular levels).  Such men and women are to be exposed to the extent that they can achieve self-realization and a sense of the need to contribute to National development.


The main aims and objectives of the degree programme in biochemistry are to:


a.       produce students with a broad and balanced foundation of          biochemical knowledge and practical skills;

b.       develop in students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to   solving theoretical and practical problems in biochemistry;

c.       develop in students, a range of transferable skills that are of value     in biochemical and non-biochemical employment;

d.       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;

e.       provide, through training and orientation, an appreciation of the           solutory rewards of inter- and multi-disciplinary approach to        solving complex life problems;

f.       generate in students an appreciation of the importance of         biochemistry in industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development;

g.       To instil in students 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.



Heads of Department


Name                                          Year


Prof. A. A. Odutuga                         01/10/1978-31/10/1989



Dr. O. A. Oyeleke                           01/11/1989-30/09/1992



Dr. M. A. Akanji                             01/10/1992-30/09/1994



Prof. O. B. Oloyede                         01/10/1997-31/07/2002



Dr. (Mrs.) S. O. Malomo                    01/08/2002-18/12/2003




Prof. (Mrs.) S. O. Malomo                  19/12/2003-31/07/2005



Dr. J. T. Ekanem                            01/08/2005-08/02/2008



Prof. M. A. Akanji                           09/02/2008-31/07/2008



Dr. (Mrs.) A. T. Oladiji                     01/08/2008-31/07/2010



Dr. N. O. Muhammad                        01/08/2010-31/07/2012



Dr. M. T. Yakubu                            01/08/2012-Date






Prof. Musa Toyin Yakubu is a Professor  of Biochemistry and the current Head of Department of Biochemistry at University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.), Second Class Upper Division, in Biochemistry in 1992, and subsequently Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in the same course in 1997 and 2006, respectively from the same Institution. He undertook his postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Phytomedicine Research, Department of Botany, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa, where he effectively transformed Ethnomedicine into Pharmacological and Toxicological Sciences. His expertise is in Toxicology, Reproductive Biochemistry and Phytomedicine. Dr. Yakubu is a seasoned and dedicated academic with many years of teaching and research experience in the University. He is a prolific writer, with over eighty publications in reputable, peer-reviewed journals of repute. He is the Assistant Secretary General and the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of his Society’s journal, the Nigerian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as an Editor to Biokemistri, a journal published by the Nigerian Society of Experimental Biology. He has reviewed papers for specialist journals in the field Reproductive Biochemistry, Toxicology and Phytomedicine.