The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta,FUNAAB, is set to hold its 62nd Inaugural Lecture.

The inaugural lecture titled, “Why We Look At Things Not Seen: Animal Genes And Their Winking Eyes”, will be delivered by Professor Christian Obiora Ndubuisi Ikeobi of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production, COLANIM, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building, beginning at 2 pm.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Felix Kolawole Salako, will chair the occcasion.

A professor of Animal Genetics, Professor Ikeobi’s research interest covers the areas of animal genetics, characterization and evaluation of Nigeria’s animal resources, with special emphasis on the local chicken, and on the identification and mapping of quantitative trait loci, genes, affecting broiler chicken traits and disease resistance.

An eminent scholar, Professor Ikeobi bagged his Bachelor of Agriculture degree in Animal Science, from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU), Ife, Ile-Ife, while he obtained his Masters and Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, degrees from the University of Ibadan, UI, Ibadan.

Professor Ikeobi has served the FUNAAB in several capacities, some of which include: Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production, COLANIM; Dean, Student Affairs; and member of the University Governing Council.

He is the University’s Orator and currently the Chaplain of the University’s Chapel of Grace.

The inaugural lecturer is a member of numerous professional bodies and learned societies, including: Nigeria Institute of Animal Science, NIAS; Nigerian Society for Animal Production, NSAP; African Network for Rural Poultry Development, later changed to International Network for Family Poultry Development, INFPD; Genetics Society of Nigeria, GSN; Foundation for African Development through International Biotechnology, FADIB; Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, CSFP; among others.


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