Centre for Human Virology & Genomics


Dr. Rosemary Audu, a Virologist by training is now the Laboratory Director of the Centre for Human Virology and Genomics (previously known as Human Virology Laboratory).

Dr. Chika K. Onwuamah, Ph.D. (Cell Biology and Genetics), is the head of the Centre for Human Virology and Genomics.

In the year 2000, the Ford Foundation gave a grant to the Institute for the establishment of a National Reference Laboratory with capacities for basic, applied and operational research on HIV/AIDS in the country.  Prior to this, there was no laboratory with such capacities in Nigeria. With the grant from the Ford Foundation, two new large laboratory blocks were built and fully equipped with fourth generation research equipment for HIV/AIDS research. The laboratory named was formally commissioned on the 20th of July, 2001.  Another  one storey building laboratory extension was commissioned on the 1st July, 2013 by the Honourable Minister of State for Health. The laboratory transformed to Centre for Human Virology and Genomics in June 2017.

The Centre for Human Virology and Genomics has adequate capacities for basic, applied and operational research for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B  and C as well as Human Papilloma Virus. As a research laboratory, we welcome collaboration with interested researchers. CHVG has been adjudged to conform to the requirement of NIS ISO 9001:2008, making it the first diagnostic laboratory to be so certified in Nigeria. Also, the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) officially recognized CHVG as one of the two laboratories in Africa that achieved FOUR STAR recognition level in the WHO AFRO Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) external assessment conducted in September, 2013. CHVG provides diagnostic services for assays not commonly available to the community and these are listed in the Price List.

A tour of the CHVG