The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Obafemi Awolowo University
Ile-Ife is a centre for research and teaching of all aspects of Biochemistry by staff from
many different backgrounds.
Our research addresses a wide range of questions relating to the fundamental basis of all cellular
life from man to microbes. This work explains the structures and functions of proteins and nucleic acids,
and in doing so addresses the mechanisms of many human diseases. Using this knowledge,
other researchers aim to create new vaccines, antiviral and antibacterial therapies to protect
and treat humans across the world.
Dr. I.O. Adewale, Head of Department
(2017) Studies on the Optimization of Lipase Production by Rhizopus sp. ZAC3 Isolated from the Contaminated Soil of a Palm Oil Processing Shed Journal of Applied Biology and Biotechnology 5(2): 030-037.
(2017) Strain improvement and Statistical Optimization as a combined strategy for improving Fructosyltransferase Production by Aureobasidium pullulans NAC8. Journal of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Article in Press.
(2017) Studies on the Optimization of Lipase Production by Rhizopus sp. ZAC3 Isolated from the Contaminated Soil of a palm Oil Processing Shed. Journal of Applied Biology and Biotechnology 5 (02): 030-037.
(2017) Partial Purification and characterization of cellulolytic enzyme from Bacillus pantothenicus isolated from a dumpsite. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 6(2):4-11.
(2013) Evaluation of Antioxidant Potentials of Monodora myristica (Gaertn) Dunal Seeds. African Journal of Food Science 7, 317-324.
(2007) Purification and characterization of Glycogen Phosphorylase b from the Breast Muscle of Fruit Bat, Eidolon helvum (Kerr). International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences (Cameroon). 1(2): 99 – 107.
(2011) Physicochemical properties of a N-acetyl galactosamine –specific lectin from the fruiting bodies of shiitake mushroom
Lentinua edodes. Int. Journal of Biochemistry and Mol. Biology. 2(4): 309 – 317.
(2015) Identification of n-Hexane Fraction Constituents of Archidium ohioense (Schimp. ex Mull) Extract Using GC-MS Technique. British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 6 (6): 366-375.
(2013) Detoxification of cyanide in insects. I. Purification and some properties of rhodanese from the gut of the variegated grasshopper Zonocerus variegatus (Orthoptera: Pyrgomorphidae). International Journal Tropical Insect Science (UK) 33(3), 153–162.
(2015) In vivo Anti-inflammatory Evaluation of African Nutmeg (Monodora myristica) Seeds. European Journal of Medicinal Plants 8, 167 – 174.
(2016) Biochemical characterization and kinetic studies on a purified yellow laccase from newly isolated Aureobasidium pullulans NAC8 obtained from soil containing decayed plant matter. Journal of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology 14: 143-151.
(2012) Acute toxicity and Histopathology study of a galactose- specific lectin from the seeds of Tetracapidium conophorum (Hutch and Dalz.) Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry 94(3):583- 592.