Dr. O.P. Popoola B.Sc., M.Sc. (Ibadan), PhD (Harbin, China), MNSE, R. Engr (COREN) Ag. H.O.D Biomedical Engineering

WELCOME TO BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Introduction                                                                                                     

You are welcome to the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos. This is where the synergy happens between multiple engineering disciplines and medical sciences by the application of engineering principles to improve quality of life and healthcare delivery. We train engineers at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to be capable of transnational research and applications, using modern teaching and research approaches. As our department evolves, our goal is to make specific and significant impact in developing innovative point-of-care medical devices, and expanding the research frontiers in bionics, bio-materials and tissue engineering, bioinformatics, bio-mechanics, drug delivery & Nano-medicine, and medical artificial intelligence.

 

(i)  History of Biomedical Engineering Department in UNILAG

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has evolved over the years from a Biomedical Engineering unit at the College of Medicine through a collaboration with the University of Liverpool since 1981/82. The unit was created to be primarily responsible for the repairs and maintenance of engineering facilities and installations within the college and had a brief period of training Biomedical engineering technologists. It also took care of internet service and the Medical ICT skills acquisition for the entire College until a new unit was carved out for these functions. As a department in the Faculty of Basic medical sciences, it provides academic support to other departments in the faculty. In 2009/2010 academic session, the department floated postgraduate diploma (PGD) and Masters degrees (MSc) programs in Biomedical Engineering through the School of postgraduate studies. Faculty members from the faculties of Engineering and Basic medical sciences have since been involved in teaching and research in these programs.

In the year 2017, University of Lagos received the long overdue approval from the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate B.Sc. Degree program in Biomedical Engineering. The University decided to domicile the Biomedical Engineering program in the Faculty of Engineering. Entry requirements for undergraduates remains the same as with all other engineering programs in the Faculty albeit with an additional requirement of a credit in Biology at O’level.   The department although now domiciled under the Faculty of engineering, has research labs and offices in both the Faculty of Engineering and the College of medicine so that students can have the needed exposure to the medical environment in the course of their training.  The first set of students were admitted into the undergraduate degree program in the 2017/2018 academic session.

 

 (ii) Our Vision

Our vision is to build future generations of researchers and professionals who have been trained in interdisciplinary teams that bridge the gap between engineering and the biomedical sciences, resulting in better medical technologies for improved healthcare and quality of life of healthy individuals.  

(iii) Aims and Objectives

To offer a comprehensive interdisciplinary biomedical science and engineering program that will position our graduates for the healthcare industry.

(iv) Objectives

Our goal is to produce graduates that are resourceful, creative, knowledgeable and able to perform the following functions:

       1.      Innovate products and production techniques for healthcare industry

      2.      Design and implement bioengineering components, machines, equipment and systems for healthcare industry.

      3.      Install and maintain complex biomedical engineering systems so that they can perform optimally in our environment.

      4.      Adapt and adopt exogenous technology in order to solve local biomedical engineering challenges.

      5.      Exercise original thought, have good professional judgment and be able to take responsibility for the direction of important tasks.

       6.      Manage people, fund, materials and equipment.

    7.      Improve on indigenous technology to enhance local problem-solving capability

 

We have a very comprehensive undergraduate program that provides students with a strong background in the core engineering foundations of electrical, materials, mechanical, chemical and systems engineering, with basic medical sciences (anatomy, physiology and biochemistry) which prepares engineering students for careers in biomedical research, with a quantitative engineering emphasis. Our curriculum is structured to provide students with sufficient coursework for advanced training at graduate school and in the application of engineering skills to analyze, design, synthesize, install and control medical devices and processes for improved healthcare.

(v) Research Areas

Active areas of research include:

       ·         Biomechanics

       ·         Bioinstrumentation and Bionics

       ·         Biomaterials

       ·         Medical imaging

       ·         Point-of-Care devices for diagnostics and health monitoring

       ·         Healthcare Analytics

       ·         Artificial Intelligence in healthcare

       ·         Prosthetics and Medical 3D Printing (additive manufacturing)

The multidisciplinary nature of this engineering discipline allows students have access to do innovative research in laboratories and facilities both in the faculty of Engineering and College of Medicine. They also interact with lecturers, technologists, clinicians, healthcare providers and patients. By using a people-centered design thinking process, new methods are explored that improve the quality of healthcare delivery. Our department is open to student and staff exchange and research collaboration with industry partners both locally and internationally. 

Academic Staff

Dr. O.P. Popoola 

           Senior Lecturer

Dr. E.O. Nwoye

           Senior Lecturer

Dr. S. C Nwaneri

              Lecturer II

   Mr. (Engr.) O. J. Balogun

       Assistant Lecturer     

         Mr. O.A. Gbenle

        Assistant Lecturer 

Administrative Staff

                              Aliu, Mrs. F. A

                Asst. Chief Data Processing Officer

                              Adaba, Mrs. G.

                 Assistant Administrative Officer 

                            Morakinyo R.S.

                     Senior Supervisor Driver