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
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
SHORT BIOGRAPHY ON YAKUBU, M. T., Ph.D.
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.