VICE CHANCELLOR


Osuji, Julian Onyewuonyeoma



Telephone: +234(0) 803 340 4117
Email: vc@arthurjarvisuniversity.edu.ng, julianosuji@hotmail.com

OSUJI, Julian Onyewuonyeoma Ph.D., PHF, mishs, mispm, KSJI (Professor of Molecular Genetics and Cytotaxonomy), is an alumnus of the University of Port Harcourt where he had B.Sc. (Hons.) Botany, M.Sc. (Botany) Biosystematics/Plant Taxonomy and Ph.D. (Botany) Biosystematics/Plant Taxonomy as a scholar of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). He had Post-Doctoral fellowship experience/training at the John Innes Centre (a World Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Molecular Genetics), Norwich, England under the sponsorship of UNESCO, Gatsby Foundation and IITA in the area of Molecular Cytogenetics. Prior to his assumption of duty as the first Vice-Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University, he has been a staff of University of Port Harcourt where he served in various capacities including Head, Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology; Chairman, University-Wide Accreditation Committee; Director of Affliliations, etc. Prof Osuji has served in the editorial board of eight International, three National and two local Journals and has had robust consultancy experience with Federal and State governments, Oil, Power and Steel industries, local and international organizations and currently the Vice-Chancellor, Arthur Jarvis University Akpabuyo, Calabar, Cross River State..


EDUCATION

1)   UNESO Post-Doctoral Fellowship John Innes Centre, Norwich, 1996-1998

2)   Ph.D. (Botany) Plant Taxonomy/Biosystematics University of Port Harcourt as International Institute of Tropical Agriculture ‘IITA’ Scholar 1991-1995

3)   M.Sc. (Botany) Plant Taxonomy/Biosystematics University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 1989-1991

4)   B.Sc. (Hons.)University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria,1984-1988


MOST CURRENT PUBLICATIONS

Ajah, O.F., Osuji, J.O. and Anoliefo, O.G. 2017. Cuticular Modifications in Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott. and Xanthosoma maffafa (L.) Schott. Accessions Exposed to Some Oilfield Chemicals in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Journal of Applied Life Sciences International 10(2): 1-13,

Ajah, O.F., Osuji, J.O. and Anoliefo, O.G. 2017. Epidermal Characterization of Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott. and Xanthosoma maffafa (L.) Schott. Accessions As Affected by Different Concentrations of Sodium Azide and Potassium Chromate in Nigeria. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science 15(1): 1-15,

Ajah, O.F. and Osuji, J.O. 2017. Effect of Sodium Azide and Potassium Chromate on the morphological characters of of of Colocasia esulenta (L.) and Xanthosoma maffafa (L.) accessions in Nigeria. International Journal of Scientific Research Publications. 7(1): 346-352.

Ajah, O.F., Osuji, J.O. and Anoliefo, O.G. 2016. Morphological Variations in the Accessions of Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott. and Xanthosoma maffafa (L.) Schott. Exposed to Sodium Thiosulphate and Graphite Powder Treatments in Nigeria. Archives of Current Research International 6(4): 1-10.

Ajah, O.F., Osuji, J.O. and Anoliefo, O.G. 2016. Morphological Variations Induced in the Accessions of Colocasia esulenta (L.) and Xanthosoma maffafa (L.) by Exposure to Sodium Azide and Potassium Chromate. International Journal of Botany. Accepted for publication.

Osuji, J.O. and Ajah, O.F. 2016. Relevance of Foliar Epidermal Characters in the Delimitation of Three Forms of Elaeis Guineensis (Jacq.). Morphological Variations in Colocasia esculenta and Xanthosoma maffafa Exposed to Sodium Thiosulphate and Graphite Powder. American Journal of Research Communication. 4(9): 180-189.

Ajah, O.F. and Osuji, J.O. 2016. Effects of Sodium Thiosulphate and Graphite Powder on the Anatomy of Colocasia esculenta (L.) and Xanthosoma maffafa (L.) Accessions in Nigeria. International Journal of research in Engineering and Applied Science. 6(7): 168-183.

Ajah, O.F. and Osuji, J.O. 2016. Anatomical Variations Caused by the Exposure of Sodium Azide and Potassium Chromate to the Accessions of Colocasia esculenta (L.) and Xanthosoma maffafa (L.) in Nigeria. International Journal of Scientific Research and Management. 4(8): 4592-4603.

Ajah, O.F. and Osuji, J.O. 2016.The Effects of Sodium Thiosulphate and Graphite Powder on the Chromosomal Characters of Colocasia esculenta L. and Xanthosoma maffafa L. Accessions. Abstacts of the 26th National Conference of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), scheduled for 3-5 November, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria.


MAJOR RESEARCH GRANTS

• Visiting Research studentship, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria (1993-1995)

• UNESCO short term Biotechnology transfer Postdoctoral fellowship on Molecular Cytogenetics of Musa (banana and plantain group), John Innes Centre (JIC), Norwich, England. (1996-1997).

• Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) grant for development of capacity in biofuel research (2012-to date)

• Gatsby Foundation/John Innes Centre/IITA funded Postdoctoral research on molecular cytogenetic investigations of the integration of the Banana Streak Badnavirus (BSV) in the Musa genome, John Innes Centre, Norwich (1997-1998). 16

• Nigeria University Commission (NUC) Research Grant. Ref: UPH/DVC.AC/11/SD.022/COM.4 (N280,000.00), 2001.

• Nigeria University Commission (NUC) Research Grant. Ref: UPH/DVC.AC/85/COM.6 (N200,000.00), 2002.

• World Bank STEP-B Grant for Centre of Excellence in Environmental Protection and Conservation (Universities of Maiduguri, Port Harcourt and UNN and NABDA and NAGRAB; $5,400,000.00)

• Banana streak virus: an integrated badnavirus. 6th. October, 1998. King Baudouin Seminar Series, King Baudouin Conference Centre, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Onne Station, Rivers State, Nigeria. IITA weekly Bulletin, 19th October, 1998. pp2.

• Managing University programmes in Affiliate Institutions. A lecture delivered on Saturday, 23 April, 2016 at the 17th Graduation and Commissioning Cerremony of Adam Igbudu Christian Institute, Emevor, Delta State, Nigeria.


TEACHING AND LEARNING

• Lecturer II, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, AICE, Owerri (1993-1998); NCE and Degree Courses taught include: General genetics, Cytogenetics, Plant Taxonomy, Plant Anatomy

• Part time Lecturer, Correspondence and Open Studies Institute (AICE Owerri Centre) University of Lagos, Nigeria. Course taught was Plant taxonomy.

• Lecturer II (1998-2001); Lecturer I (2001-2004), Senior Lecturer (2004-2010); Professor (2010 to date), Dept. of Plant Science and Biotechnology, University of Port Harcourt: Courses taught at undergraduate level include FSB 202.2, Genetics I; FSB 301.2, Genetics II; FSB 203.1, Cell Biology; FSB 406.2, Molecular Biology; PSB 310.1, Principles of Biotechnology; PSB 311.1, Resources and Techniques of Biotechnology; PSB 312.2, Industrial Plant Products; PSB 414.2, Advances in Plant Biotechnology Courses taught at M.Sc. level include: PSB 821.1, Experimental and special methods in taxonomy; PSB 822.1, Cytogenetics, evolution and phylogeny. PSB 923: Molecular Genetics.


OTHER APPOINTMENTS/POSITIONS OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY

• Research Advisor, Biodiversity Unit, HSE Department, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. (Sabbatical Appointment – 2012-2013)

• Research Advisor, Food For All International (an Agriculture-based and Socio-Economic NGO)


PUBLIC LECTURES / SEMINARS

• Molecular cytogenetics and ultrastructure of Musa L. 22nd January, 1997. Department of Cell Biology Seminar Series, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney Lane, Norwich, UK.

• Molecular cytogenetics of Musa L. 1st September, 1998. King Baudouin Seminar Series, King Baudouin Conference Centre, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Onne Station, Rivers State, Nigeria. IITA weekly Bulletin, 21st September, 1998. pp1. 21

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