Afolabi Israel Sunmola
Professor Professor Ph.D. Biochemistry
The Department of Biochemistry is a leading academic Department in the College of Science and Technology. The Department runs the Biochemistry Programme, which offers B.Sc degree in Biochemistry. The Biochemistry programme has full accreditation status of the National Universities Commission, NUC, (2015 – 2020).
The Biochemistry Programme was created in 2004/2005 academic session under the Department of Applied Sciences. The Deparment’s name was changed to Natural Sciences in 2005/2006 academic session. In 2006/2007 session, the Department of Natural Sciences was split into four Departments, namely, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. The Biochemistry Programme was domiciled in the Department of Biological Sciences along with Biology (Applied Biology and Biotechnology) and Microbiology Pfrogrammes. In September, 2016, Department of Biochemistry was carved out of the Department of Biological Sciences by the University Senate, thus, according Biochemistry programme full Departmental status.
The Department of Biochemistry is committed to raising new generation of leaders in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by driving excellence in teaching, research and community development, in line with the Vision and Mission of Covenant University. The faculty and staff are highly motivated and dedicated to the delivery of quality education to the students through strict adherence to well-structured course compacts, lecture schedules, use of ICT-driven modes of Lecture delivery, tutorials, relevant laboratory experiments and field trips. Lecture attendance by students as well as in-loco parentis and mentorship role of faculty are vigorously driven. The curricula of the Programme, lecture materials and practical manuals are regularly updated to make them current, robust, life-applicable and adequate to address contemporary issues on methodologies, product development, scientific and technological advances in food, agriculture, medicine, and allied industries. The laboratories are constantly furnished with modern scientific equipment and apparatuses for regular students’ experiments, research and specialized laboratory services. Hence, the consistent production of well-trained graduates with in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical skills in their fields of study, thus providing the nation with dedicated and competent manpower, as envisaged by Vision 20: 2020. The Department set the unbroken record of producing the overall best graduating student of Covenant University in 2010 with a record CGPA of 4.99.
The Department pursues basic and applied research in all areas of Biochemistry and associated disciplines. She is also making advances in cutting-edge research and training in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Ongoing research projects in the Department include the ground-breaking research in bioresource utilization, product formulation and enhancement, waste bioconversion, environmental and pollution control, gene sequencing and molecular studies of protein sweetener plants, medicinal plants and drug development, cancer and metabolic syndrome research, among others. The number of patents and articles published in reputable journals and/or presented in conferences annually by staff and faculty in the Department reflect the research output of the Department. The Department hosts regular Workshops on Molecular Biology and in November, 2016, hosted the 35th annual conference of the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Philosophy and Objectives
To be a leading, word class, academic Department with a strong commitment to training outstanding Biochemists and Molecular Biologists who will positively impact the society.
To provide students with a sound understanding of the chemical and molecular basis of life as well as skills to investigate, evaluate, interpret and create knowledge through quality teaching and relevant research.
a. To provide students with the opportunity to acquire world class training in Biochemistry that emphasizes scientific reasoning, analytical thinking, effective communication, practical experience
b. To generate new knowledge, tools and products that will advance our understanding of biochemistry and enhance quality of life
c. To enhance the public understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology through community outreach, seminars, and publications.
d. To provide a serene and conducive environment for training and work characterized by spirituality, responsibility, fairness, respect, equality, support and opportunities.
The Department of Biochemistry strives to achieve the University’s set goal of developing the total man through instruction and mentorship, participatory basic and applied research as well as generating community-relevant information and technologies. The Department is designed to provide the students with a thorough, broad and balanced foundation in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in order to prepare them for career opportunities or an environment whereby they could be creative, innovative and self-reliant in the growing and expanding disciplines.
The Biochemistry Programme is intended to introduce the students to the science of Biochemistry and its enormous contributions to the growth of medical science, agriculture, industry, molecular biology and Biotechnology. The Programme is aimed at producing graduates with sound theoretical knowledge, up-to-date analytical techniques and expertise in Biochemistry and its applications in medicine, agriculture, food processing, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries, etc.
The specific objectives of Biochemistry Programme are as follows:
1. To provide the students with a broad and balanced foundation for biochemical knowledge and techniques.
2. To impart the students’ appropriate practical skills and abilities to resolve biochemical problems.
3. To inspire the students for a stimulating and satisfying learning experience in Biochemistry.
4. To create in the students an appreciation of the importance of Biochemistry in industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development.
5. To prepare the students for further studies in specialized areas of Biochemistry or in multi-disciplinary areas involving Biochemistry such as Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
6. To inculcate in the students, the knowledge and skills needed for self-employment.
The Undergraduate and graduate academic programme at Covenant University is focused on raising a new generation of leaders equipped in their total personality to positively influence their community and restore hope to the citizens of their nations and to mankind in general. The programmes are designed to provide the students with a thorough, broad and balanced foundation in order to prepare them for career opportunity or an environment whereby they could be creative, innovative and self-reliant.
The Department strives to achieve alongside the University’s goal of developing the total man at the undergraduate and graduate levels; through instruction and mentorship, participatory basic and applied research as well as generating community-relevant information and technologies.
We teach to provide a wholesome, research-based, participatory and contemporary undergraduate and graduate educational experience in the biological pursuit.
Our courses are designed to afford the student practical, first hand, interdisciplinary approaches in Biochemistry and Molecular biology, with the understanding of the relevance of Biochemistry to the society.
The department provides leadership in the local, national and hopefully international community of Biochemistry; and collaborates with several other departments and institution to promote developmental research in the areas of Bioinformatics and Biofuel research.
Our ultimate goal is changing perspectives through community-relevant research, the transfer and dissemination of research results, information and technologies, through internationally recognized conference, workshop and research collaborations.
Research & Development
Activities in the department
Faculty and staff of the Department of Biological Sciences are basically engaged in teaching, research, and community impact services. Other activities that are periodically carried out in the Department include:
b. Training Workshops
d. Biotech Week
e. SciTech Week (formerly Tech Week)
f. Product Analysis for Industries/organizations
g. Excursions/Field trips
h. University Programmes
i. Linkages and collaborations
The Department through its activities and efforts of her faculty and staff has established linkages and collaborations with several Universities, Research Institutes and Government agencies. They include Institutions where some members of faculty in the Department have carried out research studies and others that have had their staff participate in the activities of the Department, such as Workshops and Conferences/symposia. Some of such Institutions are:
1. Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India.
2. Kunming Institute of Botany, Kunming, China.
3. International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy.
4. National Biotechnology Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria.
5. International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria.
6. Raw Material Research & Development Council, Abuja, Nigeria.
7. Stored Products Research Institute, Ilorin, Nigeria.
8. National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria.
9. Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
10. Federal Institute for Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Lagos, Nigeria.
Candidates applying to Covenant University are required to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and attain the prescribed cut-off marks. In addition to the above, other admission requirements prescribed by Covenant University are required.
The minimum entry requirements for admission into Covenant University are credit level passes in 5 subjects at the SSCE/GCE O'Level/NECO/ or its equivalent obtained at not more than two sittings. The subjects passed must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Candidates are also to note that there are other requirements that may be specific to the College.