DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
This is an aspect of pharmacy training that is traditionally associated with pharmaceutics. Pharmaceutical Microbiology deals with ensuring microbial quality of drug dosage delivery systems. This mainly involves avoiding micro-organisms (asepsis), eliminating (sterilization) their presence in medicine and preventing the growth of any microorganism which might enter the product during storage and use (preservation).
Biotechnology aspect is to expose to the knowledge of using tissue culture, living cells, or cell enzymes to make a defined product. DNA and monoclonal antibody (MAb) technologies have provided exciting opportunities for development of more pharmaceuticals and approaches to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases. Research efforts are geared towards genetic engineering in the development of new drugs and vaccines.
The Department has a vision, which we believe to be both commendable and achieveable.
To initiate a level of attitude in research scholars that will provide solutions to environmental, industrial, agricultural and health based problems.
To graduate students who can compete, with advantage, within the relevant academic and commercial markets in the world.
To fulfil our vision and meet the global challenges, our mission is to provide our students with an education that establishes a strong foundation and appreciation for understanding developments in the rapidly advancing field of pharmaceutical Microbiology and Biotechnology, to develop the technical and critical thinking skills necessary for success in the field, to foster ethical behaviour, and to promote outreach, providing the nation with highly trained professional who are able to implement the scientific principles to the continuous improvement of the safe, quality and the value of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology services and products. We seek to provide a responsive learning environment of creative thinking that enables all students to achieve their highest level of proficiency.