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.
Drug Discovery Prof. E. O. Ogbadoyi
Vaccine Development Prof. N. U. Adabara
Nanotechnology Prof. A. S. Abdulkareem
Bioinformatics Prof. B. Awojoyegbe
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:
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;
Development of suitable catalyst on different support for carbon nanotubes production and the Centre is the first to produce carbon nanotubes in Nigeria
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.