About The Publisher

The Nigerian Journal of Life Sciences (NJLS) (ISSN: 2276-7029) is an official publication of the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.

About the Faculty of Life Sciences

Welcome to the official web page of the UniBen Faculty of Life Sciences Journals (unibenlsj.org.ng) and web page of the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. With a student population hovering around the 5,000 mark and a full compliment of both teaching and non-teaching staff, the Faculty ranks among the best and the strongest not only in the University of Benin, but also in the nation.

Historically, the Faculty was part of the original Faculty of Science until, 2005 when it was carved out as a new and independent Faculty of its own. The Faculty currently runs full time degree programmes in its seven Departments of Animal and Environmental Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Management and Toxicology, Microbiology, Optometry, Plant Biology and Biotechnology and Science Laboratory Technology. Graduate programmes both at the Masters (MSc and M.Phil) and the PhD levels are available in the Departments of Animal and Environmental Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Optometry and Plant Biology and Biotechnology. You may wish to visit the respective Departmental web pages or consult the Postgraduate School prospectus for available options.

For candidates seeking enrolment into degree or graduate programmes in Life Sciences, our Faculty remains one of the best choices across the nation and the West African sub-region. We are proud to be home to some of the most seasoned and internationally acclaimed researchers the nation has ever produced.

If you are already studying at our Faculty, I would be wasting no time in saying a big congratulations to you. Rightly so because you are one of the very few among so many who finally made it to our highly prestigious Faculty. And now that you are here, I urge you to devote yourself wholly to your studies and to follow your researches with keen interest. Let me assure you that you are in a very friendly environment where everyone is willing to contribute to your success story. From your Course Advisor to your Head of Department and to the Dean of the Faculty, it would take you no time to know that this is a closely knit family. I urge you therefore to seek help whenever it is necessary to do so. I encourage you to take advantage of our many research groups within the Faculty and to be part of our Student in Research Programme which is intended to provide the needed impetus to students who wish to pursue a career in scientific research. We have a large pool of seasoned researchers who are all too willing to mentor and guide you through the initial rough moments of your career in research.

From start to finish, the Faculty maintains an open door policy that puts at your disposal the services of every Faculty member and non-teaching staff. You are at liberty to seek direct audience with the Dean of the Faculty either in person or by sending a mail to noghayin.orhue@uniben.edu or deanoflifesciences@uniben.edu. You may also reach the Dean directly on +234 802 331 6921.

Thank you for visiting our official web page. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Noghayin E. Jerry Orhue, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry & Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences


Principal Staff- Faculty of Life Sciences – University of Benin, Benin city, Nigeria
Below are the list of the key staff of the faculty of life sciences University of Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria, west Africa.

  1. Professor Noghayin E. Jerry Orhue, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences B.Sc. MSc, Ph.D
  2. Dr. (Mrs.) Rachel O. Okojie-Asst. Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences-B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc., PGDE, Ph.D.
  3. Mrs. Ruth O. Adedayo-Faculty Officer, Faculty of Life Sciences
  4. Prof. (Mrs) A. A Imasuen HOD, Animal and Environmental Biology
  5. Prof (Mrs) E. S Omoregie HOD, Department of Biochemistry
  6. Prof. S.E Omonigho HOD, Department of Microbiology
  7. Prof. O. M Emina HOD, Department of Optometry
  8. Prof (Mrs) F.I Okungbowa,HOD, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology
  9. Dr. E. E. Imarhiagbe Ag. HOD, Department of Environmnetal Management and Toxicology
  10. Dr. J. O. Osarumwense Ag. HOD, Science Laboratory Technology
Departments of the Faculty of Life Sciences
The faculty is currently made up of the underlisted departments:

Department of Animal And Environmental Biology

The programme has been designed to provide a sound understanding of the concepts and methodologies of Animal and Environmental Biology in key areas (Entomology, Parasitology, Physiology/Ecotoxicology, Hydrobiology and Fish Biology, and Biodiversity and Conservation Biology) that meet the needs of society.

Department of Biochemistry

Biochemistry as a scientific discipline has made tremendous strides over the last seventy years. It has made enormous contributions to the growth of medical science, biology, agriculture and industry. At the University of Benin, Biochemistry is a multi-functional Department. Administratively under the Faculty of Life Sciences, physically located in the old Faculty of Pharmacy complex, it offers courses to Science,

Department of Microbiology

Courses for the B.Sc Honours degree in Microbiology are designed to provide Students with a general understanding in Microbiology together with an insight into some specialized and applied aspects of the subject.
In the first year of the four year degree programme, students take courses which extend their basic knowledge of biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics. In the second, third and fourth years students take core courses and some other selected relevant courses. The B.Sc. graduate in Microbiology is thus suited for careers in industries, hospital, agriculture, environmental studies, research institutes and for specialized postgraduate training.

In addition, the Department of Microbiology also provides service courses for students in other disciplines

Department of Optometry

Candidates seeking admission into the O.D (Doctor of Optometry) Degree programme must have: A good score in the prescribed University Matriculation Examination (UME) for admission into the first of the Six (06) year programme.Passes in 2 of the relevant subjects at Advanced level of the General Certificate of Education or its equivalent for direct admission into the second year of the programme.

Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology

Plant Biology and Biotechnology is the scientific study of plants and their use in solving man’s problems. It encompasses, in the broadest sense, microsocopic bacteria and algae through to large forest trees. Man has always depended on plants for food, fibre and drugs. With the growing emphasis on renewable resources, supplies of fossil fuels and other exhaustible materials, the need for better understanding of plants, including present day under-utilized, over-exploited or economic and non-economic species has come sharply into focus.

Environmental Management and Toxicology

The Senate of the University of Benin, on 3rd July 2013, approved the creation of a new Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology from the existing Part-time Environmental Science Unit established in the 1999/2000 Academic Session in the Faculty of Life Sciences to run a Full-Time programme leading to the award of the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Environmental Management and Toxicology. However, it was not until after the visit of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to ascertain the resources available for its take-off on Thursday, 3rd September 2015 that the Department was granted approval to run the Full-Time programme leading to the award of the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Environmental Management and Toxicology.  The pioneer 100 Level Full-Time students of this diverse and multidisciplinary field of study were admitted in the 2015/2016 academic session

Science Laboratory Technology

The Science Laboratory technology Programme shall provide its students with a broad based knowledge of theoretical, technological and practical knowledge in the Multi-disciplinary fields of Laboratory Technology. The programme provides five-year training to candidates that meet the minimum entry requirements for University education in Nigeria.