Welcome to North East Zonal Biotechnology Centre

North East Zonal Biotechnology Centre

The philosophy of the Centre is encapsulated in the vision and mission of the University. The Centre aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. i. Development of the field of Biotechnology and related research activities in the University;
  2. ii. Supporting the development of the vast bioresource potentials of catchment area of the University; the need-oriented biotechnology research;
  3. iii. Serving as a liaison agent between units of the University on biotechnological research matters with respect to information sharing, taking into cognizance the State of the art in national and international biotechnology development for wealth creation, particularly in small and medium scale enterprises such as bee keeping, mushroom production, biogas development, heat stable vaccine development, etc.
  4. iv. Serve as a Coordinating Centre for the North-East Zone for National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in accordance with the mandate of NABDA.

To serve as a liaison and coordinating centre and information link for the various units of the University and between the various academic centres with interests in biotechnological research in the north-eastern region taking into account the state-of-the art in national and international biotechnology research and development.

To develop the field of Biotechnology and related research activities in the University and to support the development of the vast bioresource potentials of the catchment area of the University, the need oriented biotechnology research.

Functions and Goals of the Centre
The Centre has the following functions and goals:

  1. 1. to facilitate rapid research and development of Biotechnology in the University of Maiduguri;
  2. 2. to act as a catalyst for rapid and rational development of Biotechnology in the North-East Zone of Nigeria in collaboration with the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA);
  3. 3. to facilitate and establish professional relationship with institutions of similar mandate and research within and outside Nigeria;
  4. 4. to act in advisory and consultative capacity on matters relating to Biotechnology research and development in the Zone and
  5. 5. to organize conferences, seminars, refresher and specialized courses for the advancement of biotechnology in the community as consistent with the objectives of UMBIOTECH and NEZBC in the Zone;

Organizational Structure
The organizational structure of the Centre is pyramidic organogram under a Management Committee headed by a Director (currently Prof. (Mrs) Marta Tarfa) and assisted by Dr Abubakar Gidado. The management Committee is responsible for policy directions of the Centre. Next to the office of the Director is the office of the Deputy Registrar and Administrative Secretary to the Centre who is responsible to the Director for the day-to-day management of the Centre. This office supervises all the staff except the Director and the Deputy.

The Centre comprise of the following units headed by their respective coordinators except the Office of the Coordinating Director headed by the Director of the Centre:

  • Office of the Coordinating Director
  • Library and Internet Facility Unit
  • Tissue Culture Laboratory Unit
  • Space for screen House/Green House Unit
  • Experimental Field Unit

The current Director of the Centre is Professor (Mrs.) M. Tarfa, Professor of Botany and assisted by Dr. Abubakar Gidado, an Associate Professor of Biochemistry with M. Umar Alkali Goni, a Deputy Registrar as Administrative Secretary to the Centre. Other staff of the Centre are Mal. Abba Amire, S A R I, has the following academic (researchers), technologist and administrative support service staff.

Academic Associate (BTIC)

Staff Faculty
Prof N.M Gadzama FAS, OFR Faculty of Science
Prof. H. I. Marte Faculty of Pharmacy
*Prof. Aliyu Shugaba Faculty of Science
Prof. (Mrs.) C.E Anaso Faculty of Science
Prof. S. S Baba Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Prof. H. Ayuba Faculty of Social sciences
Prof. P Bzugu Faculty of Agriculture (Agric. Econs)
Dr. A. Mustapha Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Dr A. U Dzivama Faculty of Engineering (Agricultural Engr.)
Dr. Dahiru S. Mshelia College of Medical Sciences

*Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Services)

Workshops Organized By NEZBCE
Several workshops and conferences have been organized to date.

Priority Research and Development Areas of Activities in Institutions in the North-East Zone Biotechnology

  1. Lake-Chad Research Institute, Maiduguri (LCRI)
    • Presently in Collaboration with ICRISAT to develop Pearl Millet resistant to Downy Mildew. Nigeria has been chosen as a pilot site for the technology transfer especially by LCRI, Maiduguri. Data Bank has also been established.
    • LCRI, Maiduguri has the National mandate for the improvement of wheat. LCRI wants to know whether NABDA could develop laboratory facility for this important research. LCRI urged NABDA to empower LCRI to carry on with wheat research to develop varieties acceptable to the zone and Nigeria.
    • Ongoing research on “Dorowa” and (Locust been tree) Chinese Black Tea are in progress at LCRI
  2. Adamawa State University, Mubi
    • The current industrial production of Gum Arabic through artificial polysaccharides, without Acacia senegalenses plant is a threat to Gum Arabic production in Africa. In the U.S, certain plants known to produce sugar that are 100% sweeter than sugar cane products and that had been a threat to sugar cane production and industry.
    • Organisms found in hot springs of the northeast utilized in Biotechnology especially in thermostable vaccine study. There is a need to identify such organisms holistically.
    • Organisms found in hot springs of the northeast utilized in Biotechnology especially in thermostable vaccine study. There is a need to identify such organisms holistically.
    • Priority Research Area is bee-keeping in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Service.
  3. Gombe State University
    The Gombe State University is currently doing research in Bio-Conservation of forest trees through pollination studies. The University is collaborating with University of Canterbury in (New Zealand), (Amadu Bello University (ABU) and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU).
  4. Taraba State Polytechnic
    Taraba State Polytechnic is currently studying a particular specie of mosquito that does not bite, but whose larvae are capable of biological control of malaria vector.
  5. Federal Polytechnic Bauchi
    • Research in Kunun Zaƙi – Development of a culture in fermentation in this type of food in particular, and could be used in yoghurt studies.
    • Issue of locust bean seed, focusing on “daddawa” local Maggie processing, and trying to identify organisms that can give better flavour but with controlled odour.
    • Mushroom production/cultivation of edible mushroom.
    • Bio-conservation of natural resources
  6. Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe -Genetics - focusing on the different aspects of Breeding and Genetics