Department of Biochemistry

Professor Felix U. Igwe

The Current Head of Department


The Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science was established in 2016 to train high level manpower and promote general and practical educational pursuit in Biochemical Sciences.

Activities in the Department commenced with the appointment of Prof I.F. Oruambo as the pioneer Head of Department, on 9th March 2016. The Department was set up to run undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to the award of Bachelor of Science (BSc.), Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Biochemistry and related disciplines.

Academic activities commenced in the 2016/2017 academic session with admission of the first set of undergraduate students. In 2017, the NUC Resource Verification Team visited the Department and approved its establishment to run degree programmes designed to expose students to various areas of specialization in Biochemistry such as Molecular Biology, Environmental Biochemistry, Nutrition, Toxicology, Enzymology, Industrial Biochemistry, Clinical/Medical Biochemistry, etc. Thus the knowledge of Biochemistry is uniquely and strategically positioned to play vital role in emerging fields of studies, such as Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Eco-toxicology, Human and Animal Toxicology, Medicine, Pharmacology and Biotechnology/Genetic Engineering which address human and environmental challenges. The Department also offers service courses in Biochemistry to other Departments in the University.

Staff list in the Department

NameRankArea Of SpecialisationEmail
Prof. I.F. OruamboProfessorMolecular Biochemistry& Environmental
Prof. F.U. IgweProfessor & HODEnvironmental Biochemistry &
Dr. N. NwachokoSenior LecturerNutrition & Toxicologynwaochoko.ndidi@ust,edu,ng
Dr. A. DokuboLecturer lMedical Biochemistry& Enzymologydokubo.awolayeofori@ust,edu,ng
Dr.T. OdingaLecturer lEnvironmental Biochemistry&
Dr. U.B. AkuruLecturer llNutrition & Toxicologyudiomine.akuru@ust,edu,ng
Ms M. JamaboLecturer llBiochemistry & Molecular
Ms F.N. OkwakpamLecturer
Mr. C. O. NwaokeziLecturer llEnvironmental Biochemistry &
Mrs W.Nda- WonodiAssistant LecturerNutrition and
Ms D.A. GeorgeGraduate AssistantEnvironmental
Mr. V.D. NkomaduGraduate
Mr. G. A. Obediah.Senior TechnologistBiochemistryappolus.gogo@ust,edu,ng
Mr. G. J. TetamTechnologist IBiochemistryjack.tetam@ust,edu,ng
Mrs P.P. NduTechnologist
Mrs. E. IkpePrincipal Executive OfficerLaw
Mrs. N. BriggsPrincipal Executive OfficerPublic Administration
Mr. S. Ama- ChindaAdministrative Officer
Mrs. F. Chituru- WikeAdministrative Officer
Ms. N. NyebuchiAdministrative Officer


  • To provide a conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning of Biochemical Sciences
  • To Conduct qualitative and impactful research in Biochemical Sciences and other related disciplines
  • To produce innovative Professional Biochemists with requisite skills to create positive impact on the society and mankind


Organizational Structure (Organogram)

Dean of Faculty


Academic Staff

Chief Laboratory Technologist

Administrative Staff

Technologists / Lab Assistants


The Department has Academic Staff, Technical Staff and Administrative Staff with an expanding population of over eight hundred (800) students. The staffs are committed to providing quality services to students and the academic community at all times.

The Head of Department (HOD) superintends over all academic activities and general administration of the Department. Decision making process in the Department occurs at two levels; The Departmental Board and The Departmental Board of Examiners.

The Departmental Board, made up of all Senior Staff in the Department, meets monthly to deliberate on issues of general interest to the Department. The Departmental Board of Examiners, made up of all academic staff from the rank of Assistant Lecturer and above, meets at least once in a semester or when the need arises to consider students results or other academic matters affecting students.

To facilitate the activities of these Boards, members are appointed into standing and ad-hoc committees and assigned specific duties and timelines. Examples of these committees include; Quality Assurance, Research and Publications, Welfare, Examination, Disciplinary, Environmental, etc. Also, lecturers are appointed as Exam Officer, Timetable Officer, Seminar Coordinator, Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) Coordinator, etc to oversee designated activities on regular basis.


The primary philosophy of the department is to produce and equip our graduands with the required knowledge and skills in Animal Production by providing them with relevant education in Animal Agriculture as applied to all stages and phases of production and distribution of both macro- and micro-livestock and their products. Additionally, our philosophy is driven-based on the vision of promoting intensive theoretical and practical (on farm and laboratory) training in sustainable livestock production. This is achievable through the mission of promoting innovative and industry driven, collaborative and sustainable research in the basic aspects of Animal Science using the approved curriculum with strong emphasis on professional standards. The ultimate goal being to produce skilled professional manpower well-equipped with comprehensive knowledge to produce the different livestock species relevant to the national and global animal production industry.


  • Produce Biochemists who can independently initiate and carry-out original researches in Biochemistry and related subjects.
  • Fill man-power needs in science and technology-based global and national economies in biotechnology and genetic engineering.
  • Produce professionals who can skillfully apply scientific methods to solve practical problems in the field, industry, laboratory or healthcare facilities.