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The Centre is one of the eleven different projects in various strategic areas of science and technology funded by the World Bank through the Step-B project. The project is aimed at creating world class research centre in the country.

The Centre is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities with well trained staff. The equipment at the Centre is for the use of research community in Nigeria and West African sub region, geared at scaling up research to a new frontier. The Centre which is located at the Bosso Campus of the Institution started with four major research units namely; Vaccine, Drug discovery, Bioinformatics and Nanotechnology has expanded to six Units with the addition of that Industrial and Malarial Research Units.


To be an afro-centric but globally recognized centre of excellence in genetic engineering and Biotechnology training, research and development.


To create enabling research and training environment, comprising state of the art equipment and well-motivated manpower to deliver innovative and high-quality research and products of genetic engineering and biotechnology.

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Drug Discovery                                              Prof. E. O. Ogbadoyi

Vaccine Development                                    Prof. N. U. Adabara

Nanotechnology                                              Prof. A. S. Abdulkareem

Bioinformatics                                                 Prof. B. Awojoyegbe

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Science and Technology Education Post Basic (STEP-B) Project is the Federal Ministry of Education Project funded through facilities from the World Bank. The Project in FUT, Minna comprises three segments namely:

  • ICT Infrastructure Development Project.
  • Innovators of Tomorrow Awards.
  • Centre of Excellence Grant.

The centre is one of the eleven (11) different projects in various strategic areas of science and technology aimed at creating world class research centres in the country. Federal University of Technology, Minna Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology is to focus initially on Drug and Vaccine Development. The grant application was packaged by three main proponents: Prof S.A Garba, (Vaccine component), Prof. Emmanuel Ogbadoyi (Drug, Phyto Medicine) and Prof Bamidele Awojoyogbe (Bioinformatics and Medical Imaging). The area of nanotechnology was later incorporated to the mandate of the centre.

The successful establishment of the Centre entailed sacrifices on the part of various Project Officers from the inception, robust support from the University Administration via counterpart funding and timely intervention of various stakeholders in the World Bank and Project Secretariat offices. These collective efforts have resulted in what is available today in the Centre. The Centre is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities as presented below and we are delighted that the Centre has considerable equipment which have enhanced our national and global ranking.

We are proud that we have not only fulfilled the set objectives in creating the Centre as the research culture in our university has been transformed significantly. We are now conducting researches that impact positively on our immediate environment and contributing to the global community via qualitative publications in high ranking world journals. The quality of research output now competes favourably in the global arena. This was achieved through investment in people, skills and research, and by exploiting the tremendous opportunities offered by the genomics and post-genomics era to use modern approach to vaccine and drug discovery and development. Other areas of innovation include;

  • The Screen-to-Nature (STN) technology developed by GIBEX, our major collaborator in drug discovery from natural product. Using this technology, plants containing bioactive principles of interest were identified without going through the tedious, time consuming and costly in-vitro/ and or in-vivo screening to obtain primary hits.
  • Application of Nanotechnology to deliver drug across the blood-brain barrier in the treatment of diseases that involve the central nervous system and other applications such as wastewater treatment and alternative energy development.
  • Development of edible vaccines-plant based vaccines.
  • Development of recombinant DNA vaccines, and developing host defence peptides as therapeutic agents.
  • Using advanced mathematics and computing methods to build realistic simulation models of physiology and diseases.


Development of suitable catalyst on different support for carbon nanotubes production and the Centre is the first to produce carbon nanotubes in Nigeria

  • Synthesis of gold nanoparticles for sensor and drug delivery
  • Synthesis of silver nanoparticles for Wastewater treatment
  • Development of nanofilter from locally sourced clay for waste water treatment
  • Isolation and characterization of anti-malaria compounds from selected plants.
  • Evaluation of anti-diarrhoea and toxicology of selected medicinal plants.
  • Mosquito repellents and extract that kill mosquito larvae.
  • Compounds and extracts that are toxic to brine shrimps which could be source of anti-cancer agents.
  • Training of young researcher in the area of Nanotechnology (25 undergraduate students from the department of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology and Biochemistry)
  • Graduation of more than 15 Master candidates
  • Supervision of more than 10 PhD candidates in the area of application of nanotechnology from different departments.
  • Training of researcher in the area of development and application of nanotechnology, and drug development.
  • Public lecture on nanotechnology development and application, and drug development
  • More than 8 articles are under review in impact factor journals
  • Local and international conference presentation and proceedings
  • National Research Fund award won by members
  • Institution based TET fund award won by members
  • University based grants won by members
  • Fulbright scholar award (Dr Tosin Shitu)
  • 3rd place in the last NUSRADEF (life science section)



    1. T Bankole, I.A Mohammed, A.S Abdulkareem, J.O Tijani, S.S Ochigbo, O.K Abubakre and A.S Afolabi (2008): Optimization of supported bimetallic (Fe-Co/CaCO3) catalyst synthesis parameters for carbon nanotubes growth using factorial experimental design. Journal of Alloys and Compounds. Volume 749, pp 85-102.


    1. O Medupin, O.K Abubakre, A.S Abdulkareem, R.A. Muriana, I Kariim and S.O Bada (2017): Thermal and Physico-mechanical stability of recycled high-density polyethylene reinforced with oil palm fibers. Engineering Science and Technology, an International Journal. Volume 20, pp 1623-1631.



    1. Shitu K.O, Bankole M.T, Abdulkareem A.S, Abubakre O.K and Ubaka A.U (2017): Application of Gold Nanoparticles for Improved Drug Efficiency. Journal of Advanced Natural Science: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Volume 8, pp 1-8.


    1. Mohammed I.A, Bankole M.T, Abdulkareem A.S, Ochigbo S.S, Afolabi A.S and Abubakre O.K (2017): Full Factorial Design Approach to Carbon Nanotubes Synthesis by CVD Method in Argon Environment. South African Journal of Chemical Engineering, Volume 24, pp 17-42.



    1. Bankole M.T, Abdulkareem A.S, Tijani J.O, Ochigbo S.S, Afolabi A.S and Roos W.D (2017): Chemical Oxygen Demand Removal from Electroplating Wastewater by Purified and Polymer Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes Adsorbents (2017). Journal of Water Resources and Industry, Volume 18, pp 33-50.


    1. Aliyu A, Kariim I and Abdulkareem A.S (2017): Effects of Aspect Ration of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Coal Washery Waste Water Treatment. Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 201, pp 84-93.    


    1. S Abdulkareem, I. Kariim, M.T Bankole, J.O Tijani, T.F Abodurin and S.C Olu (2017): Synthesis and Characterization of Tri-metallic Fe-Co-Ni Catalyst Supported on CaCO3 for Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Growth Via Chemical Vapor Deposition Technique. Arabian Journal of Science and Technology.


    1. Kariim Ishaq, Abdulkareem Ambali Saka, Abubakre Oladiran Kamaldeen, Aliyu Ahmed, Mohamed Ishaq Alhassan and Hamidu Abdullahi (2017): Characterization and Antibacterial Activity of Nickel Ferrite Doped α-Alumina Nanoparticles. Engineering Science and Technology, an International Journal.


    1. Mahmud Abdulmalik Abdulrahaman, Oladiran Kamaldeeen Abubakre, Saka Ambali Abdulkareem, Jimoh Oladejo Tijani, Ahmed Aliyu and Ayo Samuel Afolabi (2017): Effect of coating mild steel with CNTs on its mechanical properties and corrosion behaviour in acidic medium. Journal of Advanced Natural Science: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Volume 8, pp 1-14.      


    1. Aliyu A, Abdulkareem A.S, Kovo AS, Abubakre OK, Tijani JO and Kariim I (2017): Synthesize multi-walled carbon nanotubes via catalytic chemical vapour deposition method on Fe-Ni bimetallic catalyst supported on kaolin. Carbon Letter, Volume 21, pp 37-50


    1. M, Abdulahi, J.O Odigure, A.S Kovo and S Abdulkareem (2016): Characterization and Predictive Reaction Model for Cement-Sand-Kaolin Composite for CO2 Sequestration. Journal of CO2 Utilization, Volume 16, pp 169-181.


    1. B, Suleiman, S Abdulkareem, U, Musa, I.A Mohammed, M.A. Olutoye and Y.I Abdullahi (2016): Thermo-Economic Analysis of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Fuelled with Ethanol and Methane. Energy Conversion and Management, Volume 117, pp 228-240.


    1. B, Suleiman, S Abdulkareem, Y.O Abdulsalam, U, Musa, A.S Kovo and I.A Mohammed (2016): Thermo-Economic Analysis of Natural Gas Treatment Process Using Triethanolamine and Diethanolamine (DEA) as a Sweeteners. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Volume 36, pp 184-201.

Prof. O. K. Shittu



Prof.  Shittu holds a Doctor of Philosophy (2011) from the University of Ilorin. Her research interest is on prevention, control and treatment of infectious diseases with application of Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology. She has won many national TET fund and institutional research grants in the areas of nanotechnology, food safety and life sciences. Her research won 3rd Prize Award for Research and Development in Life Sciences at the 6th Nigerian Universities Research and Development Fair NURESDEF, 2016 and 2nd Prize Award for Oral Presentation at a Capacity Building Workshop for Young Women Academics sponsored by United State Embassy in Nigeria. She has also received Educational Trust Fund Fellowships 2009 for part of her PhD research work. A recipient Fulbright fellowship award 2017, she has been involved in capacity building in the field of bioinformatics, capacity building workshop in bioinformatics. She has published in learned national and international journals and supervised undergraduate and post graduate students.