Brief History

The Department of Biochemistry was established on Senate approval for the honours degree programme on March 26, 1971. Department was carved out of the Department of Chemistry on 1stJuly, 1971. The commencement of honours degree in Biochemistry in this University was authorized by Senate with effect from 1971-72 academic year. A total of fourteen (14) students were admitted into the Department as the first batch of students for the 1971-1972 academic session. The pioneer students arrived the campus for the academic exercise in September, 1971. The Department had as its first set of academic staff: Dr. A. U. Ogan (Pioneer Head of Department), Mr. E. O. Anosike, Dr. Ugochukwu, Dr. I. C. Ononogbu, Dr. M. O. Eze and Mr. Eddy Mbadiwe. The young lecturers later left the country to further their academic career outside the country with people like Emmanuel Anosike and Eddy Mbadiwe going to England to commence their postgraduate programme.


The discovery that the laws of nature which determined the movement of matter were also applicable in living things led to the rapid growth of Biochemistry as one of the major Sciences of modern times. That the same chemical reactions in vitro can occur in organisms to generate chemical energy to drive the sustenance and evolutionary development of organisms led to the discovery and illumination of various metabolic pathways. Proteins, Carbohydrates and Lipids consumed as food items from the environment are broken down to various intermediates and products that are used by organisms to maintain regular homeostasis, as well as the use and storage of chemical energy through the High energy (anhydride) bonds of Adenosine-tri-phosphate (ATP).

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