The University of Glasgow, Scotland, has agreed to transfer its genetic cloning technology to the University of Ilorin. The agreement will also deepen the research efforts of the two institutions on Molecular Biology.
The Dean of Postgraduate School, University of Ilorin, Prof. Clement Bewaji, made this known last Monday (July 6, 2015), while presenting a Professor of Molecular Genetics from the Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology, University of Glasgow, Marshall Stark, to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, in his office.
Prof. Stark was accompanied on the visit by Prof. Enitan A. Bababunmi, a former Vice- Chancellor, Lagos State University, from the Environment and Health in Communities of Africa (ENHICA) Research International Network and Dr. Femi Olorunniji from Glasgow University.
The Dean explained that Prof. Stark, an expert on enzymes that rearrange DNA sequences, was in the University to commence pre-workshop seminar series on Molecular Biology. He added that the University of Glasgow would be providing the consumables, while the University of Ilorin would be providing the infrastructure.
In his remarks, Prof. Stark, who is the Principal award holder of a sLOLA grant from the BBSRC for the development of an SSR-based platform for Synthetic Biology, said that he was delighted to visit the University of Ilorin because “the University has been producing good students who come to the University of Glasgow.”
He expressed the hope that the contribution of his institution would enhance the international recognition for the University of Ilorin in the area of
In his own remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, expressed his delight to have the team from Glasgow on the campus. He stressed that Molecular Biology is a growing discipline, adding that Unilorin must key into such development.
Prof. Ambali said that it would be great to domesticate such technology, expressing hope that it would become a big project.
“Your coming will further encourage us to move faster. We need more expertise in the area of Molecular Biology”, the Vice- Chancellor said.
The Vice-Chancellor thanked Dr. Femi Oloruniji, an alumnus of the University of Ilorin, for not forgetting his alma mater.