About Department

Anatomy is the study of the structure of the human body. It is upon this structure that the events (function) of life occur.  Indeed, Hippocrates (Father of Medicine) was correct when he stated that “The Structure of the human body is the beginning of Medical Science.” At the department, we are committed to the teaching of human anatomy in a clinically relevant way as well as advancing the frontiers of research in this area.  We strive to inculcate in our students a burning desire and an unquenchable passion for the study of Anatomy.

The department is divided into units; the Gross Anatomy unit (Study of the body’s structure using the unaided eye), the Histology unit (study of the human tissues using the microscope), the embryology unit (study of the early development of the human embryo) and the Genetics unit (study of heredity).Vision


To be a Leader in integrated and interdisciplinary teaching and research in basic and applied Human Anatomy geared towards health care needs of humanity.


A centre for learning and excellence, preparing students for medical professional training, academic pursuits and responsible global citizenship while enabling a constant intellectual culture that seeks to bridge the basic science and clinical practice whose ultimate aim is the advancement of the health of humanity.

Core values

-To promote freedom of thought and academic enquiry

-To demonstrate sensitivity to student welfare and staff needs

-To be a leader with regards interdisciplinary teaching and research in response to changing global trends

-To imbibe an attitude of concerted collective effort in our students for the attainment of set goals.

-To inculcate an attitude of service in the training of tomorrow’s leaders.


Administrative Staff

  • Dr. Ebimobo Tobias Keme (Ag. Head of Department)
  • Dr. Igwe Odii (Examination Officer)
  • Mr. Okibe Agbese BA, MSc (Secretary)

Academic Staff

  • Dr. Hacer Haltas MD (Assoc. Professor/Surgical Pathologist)
  • Dr. Ebimobo Tobias Keme BMedSc, MSc, MBBS (Lecturer I)
  • Dr. Igwe Odii MBBS, MSc (Lecturer I)
  • Mr. Nuhu Muhammad Abaubakar BSc, MSc (Assistant lecturer)

Technical Staff

  • Mr. Gotom S. Simon ANISLT (Chief Technologist)
  • Mr. Chia Terkuma BSc (Technologist)
  • Mr. Abayomi Ajagbe BTech (Technologist)
AGROSS ANATOMY I (ANA 101); Superior and Inferior Extremities (3 UNITS)
Anatomical Nomenclature/Terminology
Introduction to Anatomical systems I (Musculoskeletal and Nervous
Introduction to Anatomical systems II (Cardiovascular and
Integumentary system)
Pectoral region and The Breast
Axilla and Brachial plexus
Anatomy of the Arm and Forearm
The Hand
Superficial structures of the Upper Limb
Joints of the upper limb
Radiological Imaging of the Upper Limb
Overview of the Lower Limb & Superficial structures of the lower limb
The Gluteal Region
The Thigh
The Popliteal Fossa and The Leg
The Foot
The Joints of the Lower Limb
Radiological Imaging of the Lower limb
Introduction to the Practical session & Dissection of the
Superficial structures of the Upper limb
The Pectoral Region
The Axilla
The Arm and Cubital Fossa
Flexor Region of the Forearm
Extensor Region of the Forearm and Dorsum of the Hand
The Palm of the Hand
The Joints of the Upper Limb /Radiology/ Surface Anatomy
Superficial Structures of the Lower limb
Anterior amd Medial Compartments of the Thigh
The Gluteal Region and the Posterior Compartment of the Thigh
The Anterior and Lateral Compartments of the Leg; The Dorsum of the Foot
The Posterior Compartment of the Leg
The Sole of the Foot
Joints of the Lower limb/ Radiology / Surface Anatomy
B.GROSS ANATOMY II (ANA 104); Thorax, Abdomen, Pelvis and Perineum (3 UNITS)
The Thoracic Cage
The Tracheo-bronchial tree, Lungs and Pleura
The Mediastinum
The Heart , Great vessels and  Pericardium
The Diaphragm
The Autonomic Nervous System
Radiological Imaging of the Thorax
The Abdominal wall, Incisions and hernias
Gross Anatomy of the Digestive system I (Oral cavity, Esophagus and
Gross Anatomy of the Digestive System II (Small intestine, Large
intestine and Anal canal)
Gross anatomy of the Digestive System III (Liver, Gall bladder, Pancreas
and Spleen.
The Peritoneum and Peritoneal Cavity
The Retroperitoneum
Radiological Investigations of the Gastrointestinal System (G.I.T)
Anatomy of the Kidneys, Ureter, Bladder and Urethra (Male and Female)
The Pelvic Girdle
The Pelvic Viscera
Anatomy of the Male Reproductive System
Anatomy of the Female Reproductive System
The Perineum
Radiological Investigations of the Urogenital System
The Thoracic wall ( Including the Intercostal muscles)
The lungs and Pleural Cavities
Mediastinum I (The middle mediastinum and the External
features of the heart)
Mediastinum II ( The Internal Featurs of the  Heart, the
Superior mediastinum and the Posterior mediastinum)
Radiology/ Surface Anatomy
The Superficial Fascia of the  Anterolateral abdominal wall and the
muscles of the anterolateral abdominal wall
Labium Majus in female; Scrotum, Spermatic cord, Testes in the Male
and Reflection of the Abdominal wall
The Peritoneum; Peritoneal Cavity, Celiac Trunk, stomach, Spleen,
Liver and Gall Bladder
Superior Mesenteric Artery and Small Intestine
Inferior Mesenteric Artery, Large Intestine;  The Duodenum, Pancreas
and Hepatic Portal Vein
Removal of the Gastrointestinal Tract; Posterior Abdominal Viscera
Posterior Abdominal Wall and The Diaphragm
The Anal Triangle; The Male/Female Urogenital Triangle
The Male/Female Pelvic Cavity
Urinary Bladder, Rectum, Anal Canal; Internal Iliac Artery and Sacral
The Pelvic Diaphragm/ Radiology
CGROSS ANATOMY III (ANA 105); Head and Neck; Neuroanatomy (3 UNITS)
Introduction to Head and Neck and Cranial Nerves
The Cranium ( Neuro and Viscero cranium)
The Vascular supply of the Head and Neck
The Face and Scalp
Meninges and Intracranial Venous Sinuses
The Autonomic Nervous System; Sensory, Motor and Mixed Cranial nerves
The Orbit and its Content
Introduction to the Neck region and Triangles of the Neck
Deep Structures of the Neck
Parotid and Temporal Region
The Infratemporal Fossa
The Temporomandibular joint
The Pharynx
The Nose
The Oral Cavity
The Larynx
The Ear
Lymphatic drainage of the Head and Neck
Radiological Investigations of the Head and Neck
Introduction to Neuroanatomy and Organisation of the Nervous
Functional Components of Cranial Nerves
External and Internal Features of the Spinal Cord
External and Internal Features of the Medulla
External and Internal Features of the Pons
External and Internal Features of the Midbrain
Cranial Nerve Nuclei ( central connections and distribution; emphasis
on Vision, Hearing and Smell)
Functional Anatomy of the Cerebellum
The Thalamus
The Basal Ganglia
Functional Anatomy of the Cerebral Cortex
The Ascending and Descending Pathways
The Ventricular System
Blood Supply of the Brain and Spinal Cord
Autonomic Nervous System
Radiological Imaging of the Central Nervous System
The Skull and The Face
The Scalp; The Interior of the Skull and Removal of the Brain
Gross Anatomy of the Brain; The cranial Fossae
The Orbit
The Anterior Triangle of the Neck
The Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands; The Posterior Triangle of the Neck
The Root of the Neck
The Parotid and Temporal Region
Th Infratemporal Region and the Temporomandibular joint
The Pharynx
The Nose and Nasal Cavity
The Hard and Soft palate
The Oral Region
The Larynx
The Ear (using models and illustrations)
The Spinal Cord ( models, slides and pictures)
Brainstem slides ( The Medulla )
Brainstem slides ( The Pons and Midbrain)
Topography of the Brain (Using the Preserved “Whole” brain tissue)
The Brainstem (extenal Features including vascular supply)
The Cerebellum and Thalamus
The Cerebrum
Introduction to Histology, Use of the Microscope and Routine
Histological Techniques
Cell Structure and Function
Cell Cycle and Replication( Mitosis ans Meiosis)
Covering Epithelia and Glandular Epithelia
Connective Tissue I ( Supporting Tissues)
Connective Tissue II ( Blood, Cartilage and Bone)
Muscle Tissue
Nervous Tissue
Histology of the Heart and Blood vessels
Histology pf the Upper Respiratory Tract
Histology of the Lower Respiratory Tract
Histology of the Oral Tissues and Exocrine Digestive Glands
Histology of the GIT I ( Esophagus and Stomach)
Histology of the GIT II ( Small and Large Intestines)
Histology of the Accessory Glands of the GIT (Liver, gall bladder and
The Spleen and Lymphoid tissues
Histology of the Kidney ( The production unit, the Collecting system
 and the Lower Urinary Tract)
Histology of the Male Reproductive System
Histology of the Female Reproductive System
Histology of the Breast and Placenta
Histology of the Skin and Appendages
Endocrine System I ( Hypothalamus, Pituitary and Thyroid glands)
Endocrine system II ( Parathyroid, Adrenal, Endocrine Pancreas and
Pineal  glands)
Histology of the Central and Peripheral Nervous system
Special Sense Organs
Use of the microscope in viewing selected cells and observations of the histological
slide preparation process
Covering and Glandular Epithelia
Connective Tissues ( supporting, blood, cartilage and bone)
Muscle and Nervous Tissues
The heart and blood vessels
The respiratory System ( upper part)
The respiratory System (lower part)
Histology of the oral tissues, exocrine digestive glands, esophagus and stomach
Histology of the small and large intestines
Histology of the liver, gall bladder and pancreas
Histology of the spleen and Lymphoid Tissues
Histology of the kidney, production unit, collecting  system and the Lower urinary tract
Histology of the Male reproductive system
Histology of the Female reproductive system
Histology of the Breast and Placenta
Histology of the skin and appendages
Histology of the Endocrine System ( Hypothalamus; Pituitary and Thyroid glands)
Histology of the Endocrine System II (Parathyroid, adrenal, endocrine Pancreas and Pineal
Histology of the Central and Peripheral Nervous System
Histology of the Special Sense Organs
Gametogenesis, Meiosis and The Female Reproductive cycle (Ovarian and Menstrual)
Transportation of gametes, Maturation of sperm, Fertilization and cleavage (First week of
Human development)
Implantation, Formation of the Amniotic cavity, Embryonic disc, Umbilical vesicle and
Chorionic sac; blastocyst formation ( formation of the bilaminar embryonic disc) (second
Gastrulation; Notocord Neurulation ( formation of germ layers and early tissue and organ
Organogenetic period ( fourth to eighth week)
The Fetal period ( Ninth week to birth)
The Placenta and fetal membranes; abnormalities of membranes; body cavities;
mesenteries and diaphragm
General Concepts in Embryology (development, induction, differentiation and common
signalling pathways used during development)
Embryology of the Cardiovascular System I ( Development of the Heart and Great vessels;
derivatives of the pharyngeal arch arteries)
Embryology of the Cardiovascular System II ( Fetal and Neonatal circulation; Development
 of the lymphatic system)
Embryology of the respiratory system ( Including the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses)
Embryology of the Digestive system ( Foregut development )
Embryology of the Digestive System ( Midgut and Hindgut development)
Embryology of the Urinary system ( Included the development of the suprarenal glands)
Embryology of the Genital System ( Male and Female), Development of the inguinal canals
and relocation of the Testes and Ovaries
Embryology of the Skeletal and Muscular systems
Embryological development of the Skin and its appendages
Embryological development of the Eye and Ear
The Embryological development of the Spinal Cord
The Embryological development of the Brain
The Phraryngeal Apparatus
The Embryological development of the Peripheral and Autonomic
Nervous System
Genetic Terminology and Mendel’s laws
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) structure and replication
Transcription and Ribonucleic acid (RNA) processing
Translation and the Genetic Code
Modes of Inheritance
Chromosomal analysis and Common Chromosomal Disorders
(Variation in chromosome number, structure and gene aberrations)
Cell Signalling
Dysmorphology and Teratogenesis
The Genetic basis of Cancer
Metabolic Disorders (The Concept of Inherited Metabolic Diseases)
Genetic and Environmental Contributions to multi-factorial conditions
(eg. Congenital Heart Disease, Diabetes and Psychiatric illness etc)
The Family Tree; Genetic Screening and Reproductive Choices
Basic Genetic Counselling (eg. premarital counseling in Sickle Cell disease;
counseling of elderly parents)
Evolution, natural selection and selective advantage; Epigentic events
(including imprinting)
Ethical Issues in Genetics