Head Of Department Welcome Address

The Department of Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife at inception was carved out of the former Biological Sciences with about 100 undergraduate students and a core teaching staff of 3. The Department now accommodates over 900 undergraduate students, 87 postgraduate students and a teaching staff of 22. The Department is also involved in some service courses available to other students from cognate Departments and Faculties.

The Department has a long tradition spanning over thirty years of academic excellence as she offers a high quality learning experience in a conducive environment. The Department is committed to motivating students to achieve their goals through formal and informal but well-structured platforms including provisions for counseling in career and entrepreneurial orientation for application of knowledge economic principles. This has made her unique in lecturer-student relationship for qualitative and functional turnout of graduates in the discipline.

The main goal of the Department, therefore, is to offer excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. This goal is vigorously pursued and achieved by attending to the educational and welfare needs of the students, and the research and career needs of staff within the departmental capability to make student products complete graduates required for the future leadership requirements of the nation and the world at large.

In the high sense of our service in the turnout of functional graduates, the Department has trained students who have been offered appointments in teaching, research and all other areas requiring human resources both within the Department, the university, and beyond including the Diaspora. Indeed, the Department of Microbiology has been regenerating herself for the service of humanity. We also maintain a wide range of useful and cordial partnership with colleagues and relevant users of our products both within and outside Nigeria. We are proud to humbly conclude that we are one of the best in the country.


Acting Head Of Department

Our Lecturers


1 Our program has been designed to train students in Microbiology techniques.

  1. To give a basic knowledge on the fundamentals of Bacteriology, Mycology and Virology, Algology and Parasitology, and their relationships to other disciplines.
  2. To expose our students to both pure and applied courses in Microbiology in order to satisfy the manpower needs of schools, institutions of higher learning, research institutes, agricultural establishments, industries and hospitals.
  1. To encourage independence and confidence so that the students can make informed and meaningful contributions in whatever professional activity they may be engaged in, as well as be capable of identifying and appraising problems including management of human and material resources.
  1. To offer and to combine theoretical principles with a realistic approach to the problems and needs of a developing country such as Nigeria.
  1. To enable promising graduates to undertake postgraduate work in Microbiology and related disciplines in pure and applied sciences.

Our Goals

  1. To produce well trained professionals of Microbiology for Nigeria’s industries and higher institutions and mankind.
  2. To avail ourselves and our professional services and experience to our country in the area of identifying and solving socio-economic problems of our time including:

(i) Infectious diseases and their management challenges;

(ii) Pollution problems caused by various industrial, developmental and social activities such as oil spills and other environmental depreciation activities through monitoring and application of control measures based on microbial biotechnological processes including the development of microbial consortia for application in the restoration of polluted sites especially by bioremediation abatement;

(iii) Exploitation of the potentials of microorganisms in industrial manufacturing processes and food nutritional enrichment;(iv) exploitation of microbial potentials for generation of sustainable alternative energy resources (bio-fuels);

(v) Exploitation of microbial potentials for the enhancement of agricultural output especially food crops for food security;

(vi) Search for suitable and sustainable methods and materials for the control of negative effects of microbes on human socio-economic efforts; pure and applied sciences.