Past and Present Heads of The Department




Prof. K. A. C. Elliot

    BSc. MSc, PhD

1970    -    1973

Prof E.P.M. Bhattathiry

    BSc. MSc, PhD

1974    -    1975

1980    -    1981

Prof. C. O. Enweonwu

    BSc. MSc. Phd

1976    -    1979

Prof. P. O. Egwim

    BSc. MSc. PhD

1982    -    1983

1989    -    1990

1998    -    2002

Dr. M.U.K. Mgbodile

    BSc. MSc. PhD

1983    -    1984

Dr. A. O. Chude

    BSc. MSc. PhD

1985    -    1989

1994    -    1997

Dr. J.A. Modie

    BSc. MSc. PhD

1991    -    1993

Prof. P.O.J. Ogbunude

    BSc. MSc. PhD

2002    -    2006

Mr. Ejezie F. E

    BSc. MSc.

2006 till date

The Department of Medical Biochemistry in 1976 became part of the pre-clinical department that offers Courses leading to Second Professional Examination of MB.BS. The Courses offered in the department includes Introductory Biochemistry, Chemistry of biomolecules, Metabolism of biomolecules and Bioenergetics; Nutritional Biochemistry; Special topics in Biochemistry and Practical Biochemistry.

The department is organized and run along democratic principles through the committee system. The Head of department periodically summons departmental meetings at which the senior academic and technological staff participate in formulating policy decisions, especially those affecting academic and/or practical laboratory issue.

The department is strongly committed to staff satisfaction and staff development, through timely, recommendations for promotion and creating opportunities for in-service training.

The department fully participates in the faculty wide system of academic advising and the academic staff, through the Head, ensures prompt attention to students’ academic complaints/grievances.

The Department is involved in the Medical degree programme up to the 2nd MBBS stage. For this, it sets and conducts a minimum of three continuous assessment examinations prior to the 2nd MBBS examination. The mean grade from the continuous assessment contributes a fixed percentage towards the final examination, as does the mean grade obtained from the continuous assessment of all the laboratory exercises done during the course. External examiners are used for the final examinations only, to moderate the questions set by the internal examiners, and to conduct individual oral examination for each candidate.

The academic atmosphere is one noted for free communication and access of students to their teachers. Furthermore the policy of continuous assessment of students and periodic tests/examinations help to maintain high academic standards.

ACADEMIC CONTENT: Existing curriculum for the Programme/Sub-Discipline/Discipline

(a) Programme Title: (i) M.B.B.S (ii) B.D.S

(b) Programme/Sub-Discipline/Discipline philosophy and objective: 2nd professional degree for M.B.B.S./B.D.S. philosophy is to provide and inculcate in the students, a sound basic knowledge and appreciation of Medical Biochemistry as the pivot, at the molecular level in the understanding and practice of modern medicine.

DIRECT ENTRY: Advanced Level Chemistry, Biology or Zoology, Physics or Mathematics, plus a credit level pas in English Language at G.C.E., O/L.

JAMB CONCESSIONAL ADMISSION: G.C.E. O/L with credit, or above, in English Language, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, plus passes in all subject of the University of Nigeria 1st year pre-medical course (General Biology, General Chemistry, General Physics, Medical Genetics and Psychology for Medical students).

Students are exposed to lectures, practicals and tutorials (with periodic tests) for a period of 3 semesters, attendance at laboratory practicals is compulsory (minimum 75%) and Note Book Reports must reflect this. All grades earned throughout the course contribute towards the final examination score at the end of the programme.

The Reseach areas of interest to the Department are:

1. Molecular Parasitology
2. Nutrition and Micronutrient
3. Ethno Medicine

The research output will be measured based on the number of high quality peer reviewed papers published in international journals. In addition, the successful application of the PCR studies for routine diagnosis of parasitic infections in our laboratory will serve as a measure of its success. The micronutrient research will provide the baseline data necessary to tackle the micronutrient deficiencies in the susceptible group.

There will be quarterly reports from the principal investigators and bi-annual review of the progress and direction of the projects. The review process will involve other experts from institutions of higher learning in Nigeria and possibly from experts in neighbouring African countries.

Funding is critical to the success of our programme, therefore as a first step the department will encourage the staff to seek for both local and international grants. Senior investigators who have themselves been able to attract grants will be encouraged to give seminars on writing proposals for the benefit of the junior colleagues.

The department on its part will provide some basic equipments like freezers, fridges and such other small equipment that the department can provide through the DTLC funds. The department will in addition also ensure constant water and electricity supply.

The department will encourage linkage programme with other departments at home and foreign universities.

Attendance to scientific meetings both locally and internationally is also part of the processes of achieving our objectives. The department will thus encourage attendance to scientific meetings by both students and staff particularly where the research groups have scientific presentations to make.