Meet A Scientist: Mohammed Auwal Ibrahim (PhD), 2018 Young Scientists Program (YSP) Fellowship Winner

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Abdullahi Tsanni

Mohammed Auwal Ibrahim (PhD) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Biotherapeutics research group, Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also doubles as a lecturer in the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria. In 2014, Dr Ibrahim was in the spotlight for his research on type 2 Diabetes which focused on developing drugs that can be used to manage the disease. 

 

2018 IUBMB; Young Scientists Program (YSP) Fellowship Winner

Recently, Dr Ibrahim was among the 46 Young Scientists Program (YSP) Fellowship winners, leading to the YSP Fellowship Award in Seoul, South Korea on 4th June 2018 at the 2018 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Congress. The programme brings scientists in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology from across the world to share and exchange scientific experience, present their work to an international audience and meet internationally renowned scientists, and thereby to promote their scientific future and career. The prestigious fellowship brings approximately 100 talented PhD students, postdocs and assistant professors early in their careers. Dr Ibrahim’s track record of research, hard work and enthusiasm in Life Sciences at a young stage saw him emerged among the 46 Young Scientists Program (YSP) Fellowship winners in the world.

 

His research

For over seven (7) years, his research has focused on developing novel chemotherapeutic agents and targets against Trypanosomiasis, Malaria and Diabetes Mellitus. These diseases remain a dicey global health menace, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. His research therefore is aimed at reducing the health and economic burdens that are associated with the diseases. Currently, his research focused on developing novel peptides that could be among the next generation of therapeutic agents against type 2 Diabetes. He envisions that some African foods can be engineered to produce such proteins so that their consumption can be encouraged to help manage type 2 Diabetes. Some of his notable research achievements on scientific databases include 74 published research items with over 10,000 reads, 983 citations on Research Gate and 704 citations on Google scholar since 2013.

 

Dr Ibrahim is a skillful footballer, a teacher and indeed a role model to many aspiring young scientists both at home and abroad.

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