The School of Life Sciences and Bio-Engineering (LiSBE)
Life Sciences are among the most exciting areas of biological research, comprising all fields of science that involve the study of living organisms: plants, animals, human beings and microorganisms. Biology, plant and animal ecology, agriculture and medicine are the main centre pieces of the life sciences. Modern research employing molecular biology and biotechnology has extended the life sciences to diverse specializations, with real life applications in health, agriculture, ecology as well as in bio-industries.
The Life Sciences programme has been specifically designed to address challenges caused by the diversity and complexity of living systems, and real-life problems that affect livelihood of the people in the Sub-Saharan region. The curriculum emphasizes the teaching of basic biological concepts, the use of engineering principles in the analysis and manipulation of biological systems, and particular applications of life sciences. After completing mandatory programme courses, students specialize in four interdisciplinary areas; Health and Biomedical Sciences; Sustainable Agriculture; Food and Nutritional Sciences; Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management.
Bio-Engineering or biological engineering is the application of engineering principles to address challenges in the fields of biology and medicine. Conventionally, biological engineering employs knowledge and expertise from a number of pure and applied sciences, such as bioprocess engineering, bio-catalysis, bio-separation and purification processes, biomechanism, genetics and many others. It is also used in the design of medical devices, diagnostic tools and equipment, biocompatible materials, and other important medical needs that improve the living standards of societies.
The Bio-Engineering programme concentrates in imparting skills from a number of pure and applied sciences such as protein chemistry, bioinformatics, microbial engineering and bioreactor design. Currently students in this programme can choose between two specializations namely: Bio-product Development, and Vaccines and Diagnostics Development.