Biological Sciences Equips her Final Year Students with Molecular Biology Skills

The motto of Mountain Top University (MTU) – empowered to excel – is not just mere words. As part of the effort to produce world class graduates who are academically sound and highly relevant in the society, the Department of Biological Sciences of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS), MTU organised a 2-day hands on training on current molecular biology techniques. The training workshop was designed for the 400 level students in the department. It was conceived and coordinated by Prof. Stella Smith, a Director of Research at the Molecular Biotechnology Department, NIMR (Nigerian Institute of Medical Research) Lagos, who also doubles as a Professor in the Department of Biological Science, Mountain Top University.
The training workshop took place at the Biotechnology laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences on the 23rd and 24th of March, 2021. It commenced with an opening ceremony around 10:15 am with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Elijah Ayolabi in attendance. People present at the programme include the Dean, CBAS, Prof. Ayoola Olalusi, Dr. Olumide Adebesin, Dr Femi-Olabisi (Coordinator, Biochemistry Programme), Dr. Abidemi Akanni (Coordinator, Biotechnology Programme) and other academic and non-academic staff of the department.
The workshop Coordinator, Prof. Stella Smith, in her welcome address, stated that the training would enhance the marketability of the final year students in the labour market. Prof. Ayoola Olalusi, in his ad-dress, was happy about the training as he highlighted its importance. He also appreciated the programme organisers. The VC, Prof. Ayolabi, in his address, reiterated that the world, in this current dispensation, recognises only those who can deliver practical skills and not just certificates. He also appreciated the coor-dinator of the workshop and encouraged students and staff present to maximize the opportunity and build on the knowledge which would be imparted in the training sessions.
During the 2-day training workshop, participants gained practical skills in DNA extraction, using kits, Polymerase Chain Reaction and agarose gel electro-phoresis among others. The students were excited and expressed their appreciation. With this kind of work-shop, among others, in the Department of Biological sciences, the students are set to fly high in the scien-tific world and in the labour market.

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