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About Genetics and Molecular Biology Unit

The Genetics and Molecular Biology Unit

Why Study Genetics and Molecular Biology?

Genetics is the study of heredity and the variation of inherited characteristics in living organisms. It encompasses a wide range of topics, from the mechanisms of inheritance to the ways in which genetic information is expressed and regulated. Genetics has applications in a variety of fields, including medicine, agriculture, and forensic science.

Molecular biology is a branch of biology that focuses on the study of the molecular basis of biological activity. It encompasses the study of the structure and function of biomolecules, such as DNA, RNA, and proteins, as well as the molecular mechanisms that underlie the regulation of gene expression and cellular processes. Molecular biology has contributed to many breakthroughs in various fields including agriculture, ecology, microbiology, and medicine.

About the Genetics and Molecular Biology Unit

The Genetics and Molecular Biology Unit was established under the Dean’s Office of FAS in 2018. The dearth of local, bio-centred molecular specialists is the bottleneck for the snail’s-pace progress in the natural sciences-based industries in the country and triggered the initiation of the Genetics and Molecular Biology Unit. The objective of establishing this unit was to introduce a new programme dedicated to the study of Genetics and Molecular Biology to produce graduates to fill this void in the country. The achievements and steady progress in all aspects over the short time since its inception demonstrate the capabilities and dedication of the staff of the unit and the support of academics in other departments in fulfilling this objective. Initiated as a Unit in 2018, we are now in the process of upgrading to a department as our inaugural batch of students has graduated and strive to develop into a complete department with all the facilities for teaching and conducting high-quality research.