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LASU Takes Delivery Of Real Time PCR Machine To Advance Studies In Molecular Biology As Experts Fly In For Installation And Training

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The Lagos State University has become one of the first institutions in Nigeria to own a Real-Time PCR machine. This is as the University recently took delivery of the equipment to advance knowledge in the field of molecular biology.

The thermal cycler (also known as a thermocycler, PCR machine or DNA amplifier) is a laboratory apparatus most commonly used to amplify segments of DNA via the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

In 2017, a Professor of Microbiology of the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Prof. #Kabir Olusegun Akinyemi, won the Alexandre von Humboldt (AvH) Equipment Grant worth Twenty-Five Thousand Pounds (£25000, N15M) to purchase a Real-Time PCR machine for the institution.

In February 2018, the equipment was purchased by the Bristow Scientific Company and later delivered to the University in readiness for it's installation and operation. However, it was not until Monday, 6th August, 2018 that a team of foreign experts flew into the country and arrived at the Main Campus of the Lagos State University for the installation of the equipment and training of the staff of the University who will handle it.

The experts were received by the Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof Benjamin #Aribisala , in his office in the presence of some senior members of the Faculty, before they paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun.

On the visiting team were Mr Ade Aderoju (Bristow Nigeria), Mr Jhab Osman (Team Lead), Mr John Shidiak, Mr Anwar Dagher and Miss Elizabeth Vaughn. They were received by the Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof Benjamin Aribisala, Prof K. O Akinyemi, Dr Amisu, K. O, Dr Bola Oyefolu, Dr Ajuwon Oladele and Dr Ola-Gbadamosi, I. O.

During the brief meeting with the Vice Chancellor, Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun, in his office, the leader of the team, Jhab Osman noted that the PCR machine is a powerful tool for both research and fund generation for University. "Vice Chancellor, it was a bit of challenge getting all the experts down to the country for this occasion and that is because we do not just want to give your team a theoretical training and go. We are here to give them practical hands-on training so that they can stand on their own. Our objective is to make the University a premier molecular biology laboratory in Nigeria." He said.

"As of today, no institution has a Real-Time PCR in Nigeria. We hope that we will be able to empower the University to offer the service. We also hope to build a lasting partnership with the Lagos State University." He concluded.

In his response, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Lanre #Fagbohun expressed excitement at the development: "I am super excited having you here. Two of our critical objectives as an administion are to embed high level scholarship and also internationalize our University. Your coming today further cements these objectives." He said.

On building a lasting partnership with the firm, Prof Fagbohun remarked: "The arrangement that you bring to train us and make us responsible is a win win for both of us. We are an institution that is transparent and accountable. We will ensure that the equipment is functional and add value to us and the society. Humanity must have full benefits for this gesture."

The Vice Chancellor ended by seeking the support of the team in the institution's drive to become a Centre of Excellence in the field of Molecular Biology, to which the team leader, Jhab Osman, responded by pledging his organization's support for the University. "Whatever assistance you need, please let us know. We will support you. " He assured.

The PCR machine is a multidisciplinary equipment that can be used by the Biochemistry, Fishery and Botany Departments. When it becomes fully operational, it will be open for use by individuals and organizations within and outside the state, attracting revenue to the University in the process.

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