CENTRE FOR GENETIC ENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (STEP-B FUNDED CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE)
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:
1) ICT Infrastructure Development Project.
2) Innovators of Tomorrow Awards.
3) 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, 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 area of innovation includes;
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 was 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 disease that involves central nervous system and other application 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.
To create enabling research and training environment comprising of modern, functional and adequately motivated manpower to deliver innovative and high quality research and development in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
To be an afro-centric but globally recognised centre of excellence in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology training, research and development.
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 wastewater 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 Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology and Biochemistry)
Graduation of more than 15 Master candidates
Supervision of more than 10PhD 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 TETFUND award won by members
University based grant won by members
Fulbright scholar award (Dr Tosin Shitu)
3rd place in the last NUSRADEF (life science section)
Meet The Team
We are proud that we have not only fulfilled the set objectives in creating the Centre, the research culture in our university has been transformed significantly.