Research in the Department of Biochemistry can be described under the following themes;
- Molecular Biology/Biotechnology
- Membrane Biochemistry/Bioenergetics
- Biochemical Toxicology
- Nutritional Biochemistry
These themes cover specific areas such as:
- Use of DNA tetR probes to screen clinical strains of bacteria for epidemiological studies.
- Development of generically improved starter cultures for food enrichment during fermentation.
- Membrane Biochemistry of tumor cells
- Bioenergetics of kwarshiokor and obese animals
- Contraception and sperm membrane antigents
- Toxicity of xenobiotics
- Biochemical effects of medicinal plants.
- Dietary carbohydrates fibres in diseased states
- Mineral metabolism.
Our research groups have strong collaborative links with Industries and Research institutions both within the country and abroad. Some of our research projects are carried out as joint projects with clinicians located at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu and Scientists at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos; United States Department of Agriculture Beltsville Human Nutrition Centre, Beltsville, Maryland; Biotechnology Centre, Cranfield University, U.K. Human Nutrition Centre, and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; Walter Reed Medical Centre, Washington D.C., USA.
The Department attracts research fund from International foundations for Science and Canadian Diabetes association. Research in the Department has been recognized by the award of research fellowship such as the Senior Association of Commonwealth Universities. (Shell-fellowship) in 1988; the British Council fellowship, 1989 and EEC fellowship, in 1991. A unique opportunity is provided within the Department for research and training at the interface of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Our students, by our nearness to key industrial centres within the country, are well exposed to sufficient industrial training in both health, agriculture and allied industries.