Professor Taofik Uthman


Dean, Faculty of Science



Email Address:


Block A, Room 102


Professor Taofik Uthman is a Professor of Biochemistry and currently heads the Department of Biochemistry, Nile University of Nigeria. He holds BSc, MSc. and PhD. degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He was awarded postdoctoral research fellowship and training at Research Centre for Phytomedicine, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa (2009-2010) and Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (2012-2013). He was with Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Wellington, South Africa (2018) and University of Limerick, Ireland (2019) as a Visiting Researcher.

Prof. Uthman is a seasoned and dedicated academic with over 20 years experience as a University Lecturer and Researcher. He has supervised several undergraduate (BSc) projects numbering over 200 and 11 postgraduate theses. He has to his credit over 60 in-depth scientific articles, which are published in reputable journals (indexed in Scopus, Web of Science etc).

He is a member of several scientific societies including Biochemical Society (UK), Nigerian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Society for Medicinal Plants & Economic Development (South Africa) to mention a few. His research interests include Environmental Toxicology, Phytomedicine and Plant Biochemistry with focus on the search for antioxidants, bioherbicides and biofertilizers from natural products.

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