Professor Taofik Uthman






Block A, Room 102


Taofik Olatunde Uthman is a Professor of Biochemistry and currently heads the Department. He graduated from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria in 1998 with a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry (Second Class Honours, Upper Division). He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees (Biochemistry) from the same University in 2002 and 2006 respectively. He underwent postdoctoral fellowship and training at Research Centre for Phytomedicine, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa (2009), Alpha Care Centre, Worcestershire, Birmingham, United Kingdom (2011) and Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (2013). He was also offered the position of a Visiting Researcher at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Wellington, South Africa (2018) and University of Limerick, Ireland (2019). Professor Uthman is a seasoned and dedicated academic with many years of teaching and research experience at the University level. He has to his credit over 60 in-depth scientific articles, which are published in reputable journals in the areas of Environmental Toxicology, Phytomedicine and Plant Biochemistry. He has supervised several undergraduate projects, 8 M.Sc. and 2 PhD. theses. He is a member of several scientific societies including Biochemical Society (UK), Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB) and Society for Medicinal Plants and Economic Development (South Africa).

Recent Publications (Articles, Books, Book Chapters/Sections, Proceedings, etc.)

Osineye, S.O., Oloyede, H.O.B. and Uthman, T.O. (2021). Allelopathic effects of Alchornea laxiflora (Benth.) Pax & K Hoffm. leaves on seed germination and seedling growth of tomato. Allelopathy Journal, 52 (1)

Sunmonu, T.O. and Lewu, F.B. (2019). Phytochemical Analysis, in vitro Antioxidant Activity and Inhibition of Key Diabetic Enzymes by Selected Nigerian Medicinal Plants with Antidiabetic Potential. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research 53 (2): 250– 260.

Vrzalikova, K., Sunmonu, T.O., Reynolds, G. and Murray, P. (2018). Contribution of Epstein–Barr Virus Latent Proteins to the Pathogenesis of Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma. Pathogens7, 59; doi:10.3390/pathogens7030059.

Sabiu, S., Ajani, E.O., Sunmonu, T. O., Balogun, F.O. and Ashafa, A.O.T. (2018). The purview of phytotherapy in the management of gastric ulcer (Chapter 3). In: Chai, J. (Ed); Stomach Disorders, pp 23–41.

Courses/Modules Taught


General Biochemistry I, General Biochemistry II, Enzymology, Advanced Enzymology, Metabolic Regulations, Medico-Legal Aspect of Forensic Science, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Plant Biochemistry


Food, Drug and Water Analysis, Advanced Natural Products Chemistry