MBGD was created in 2011 from the genetics unit of the enzyme and genetics division in the biotechnology department. The focus of the division is firstly, to facilitate the application of molecular biology techniques/tools in research, analysis, and product development. Secondly, the division was envisaged to be a resource centre for the scientific community and the industries in the area of microbial culture collection, preservation, and distribution. These two major areas of activity are aimed at enhancing biotechnology through increased utilization of beneficial microorganisms and other biological resources for human benefits while driving industrial growth.
Mission of the Divison:
Our mission include:
1. To conduct market driven microbiological research aimed at impacting positively on industrial growth.
2. To provide training and facilities for molecular biology research, analyses, and other relevant scientific endeavours.
3. To isolate or/and acquire, authenticate, preserve, store, and distribute beneficial microbial cultures.
4. To collaborate with individuals, industries, institutions, and organisations or any area of our focus.
Current research projects:
1· Fermentation of African yam bean (Sphenostylis sternocarpa) to soup condiment
2· Development and production of yoghurt and dairy starter cultures
3· Development and production of fermented sweet potato starter cultures and products
4· Production of tannase from agro-waste using mutated microorganisms
5· Development and production of prebiotic, probiotic, and/or symbiotic food supplement
6· Development and production of probiotic yoghurt.
Contact the Division
Dr. Joy Ehiwuogu Onyibe
Deputy Director (Molecular Biology and Genetics Division)
Phone No: +2348023020800 and +2348099419801