KIU Western Campus – Adamu Almustapha Aliero, from the Department of Microbiology, on Thursday 12th, March, became the first student from KIU Western Campus to be awarded a PhD, after his successful public defence in the Engineering Boardroom.
Aliero’s thesis title was "Assessment for the production of bioactive compounds from actinomycetes isolated from waste dump soil from western Uganda"
The study was designed to assess the production of bioactive compounds from selected actinomycetes (A type of bacteria known to produce a wide variety of industrially and medically relevant compounds) isolated from waste dump soil in Western Uganda.
After a series of experiments, the study indicated that waste dump soil from Western Uganda harboured actinomycetes isolates that are good sources of antimicrobial compound.
The Director of Postgraduate Studies at KIU Western Campus, David Kalenzi, was very happy with this development.
“I am happy that finally, a student from Western Campus has finally managed to be awarded a PhD. This is an amazing achievement for Adamu and I congratulate him,” Kalenzi said.
Aliero became the second student this month to stage a Public Defence, the first being, Ajagun-Ogunleye Olufemi Mulkah (Biomedicals) who staged her defence last week and passed, but has a few more papers to publish before she is awarded her PhD.