Dr Mahmoud Bukar Maina FRSA

I am a Group Leader at the Biomedical Science Research and Training Centre (BioRTC) at Yobe State University. I also hold an Independent Research Fellow role at Sussex Neuroscience, funded by the Alzheimer’s Association. My research seeks to understand the underlying mechanism of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease with a special interest in the role of African genetic background. To achieve this, I generate induced pluripotent stem cells from diverse indigenous African donors to model various brain cells, focusing especially on nucleolar mechanisms in neurodegeneration. I obtained a BSc in Human Anatomy from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, followed by an MSc in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Sussex, UK. Read about my Research.

In addition to my research, I am deeply passionate about strengthening scientific capacity in Africa. I have founded multiple organizations to facilitate this. I also regularly advise governments, funders and institutions both within and beyond Africa about African science, partly through my role as an Honorary Special Adviser for Science, Research, and Innovation to the Executive Governor of Yobe State, Nigeria. Learn more about my African Science activities and Science Communication projects.