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Pharmaceutical Chemistry

penicillinThe Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry has 10 academic staff members and 11 graduate students. The Department is involved in both teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels and in research of various aspects of Medicinal Chemistry, Natural Drug Products, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy. It provides both the educational and research infrastructure in the areas of pharmacy and pharmaceutical chemistry.

The Objectives of the department include:

  1. to prepare persons with ready knowledge of all aspects of drug quality control systems so that graduates may possess competencies to effect and understand analyses of Pharmaceuticals and dosage forms
  2. to train individuals in specialized areas of pharmaceutical chemistry in order to provide career opportunities for graduates in this subject such that the graduate will be capable of applying his/her knowledge in teaching and research endeavours in private, industrial and government institutes.
  3. to contribute to knowledge through relevant research in different fields of pharmaceutical chemistry with the ultimate objective of developing new drugs through synthesis and natural products.
  4. to provide, through pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism research, a better understanding of most appropriate modalities for drug usage so as to optimize drug efficacy and safety.


The research activities of the academic staff members of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry are principally geared towards:

  1. Investigation of Nigerian medicinal plants, through bioactivity-guided protocol, for isolation and characterization of the active principles.
  2. Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationship studies of compounds with potential anti-infective, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
  3. Pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, bioequivalence and metabolic studies of a variety drug products, with emphasis on anti-infective agents.


Most of the research projects are multidisciplinary and conducted in collaboration with scientists in Nigeria and abroad. The research projects are supported by grants from the University as well as from national and international agencies.