Mahmoud Bukar Maina
|Alma mater||University of Maiduguri, University of Sussex|
|Institutions||University of Sussex, Gombe State University|
|Thesis||From chromatin to protein synthesis: the role of glutamate, amyloid beta and tau in Alzheimer’s disease|
|Doctoral advisor||Louise Serpell|
Mahmoud Bukar Maina is a Nigerian neuroscientist, educator, and researcher, based at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. His research is focused on the cellular and molecular pathogenesis in Alzheimer's disease. He performs outreach work to inspire young people in Africa to pursue science and to increase public understanding of science.
Early life and education
Maina is originally from Nguru, Yobe State, Nigeria. He attended Federal Government College Buni Yadi in Yobe State for his Secondary School. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Human Anatomy at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, in 2007. After working at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Maiduguri and Gombe State University, he moved to the UK in 2011 to pursue a Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. He went on to do a PhD at Sussex University in the lab of Louise Serpell, for which he received the Chancellor’s International Research Scholarship. His PhD research was focussed on the role of nuclear Tau in Alzheimer’s disease. He completed his PhD in 2017 and is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2018.
Outreach work and awards
Growing up in Nigeria, Maina said he was inspired by his father's science book to become a scientist. However, there was a high level of misconceptions about science and lack of visible science role models in his community, which hinders many young people from developing interest in science disciplines. As a result Maina founded the outreach program for TReND in Africa, an organisation that aims to improve scientific development in Sub-Saharan Africa, for example by organising workshops on open hardware and neuroscience, and science fairs for students and teachers. He also started the Science Communication Hub in Nigeria, , a platform that aims to connect scientists from Nigeria and increase the visibility of Nigerian and African scientists. He has published about neuroscience research in Nigeria as part of his ongoing work to enhance neuroscience research in Africa.
For his outreach work, he has received several awards, including the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) Science Communication Award in 2017 and the Young African Scientists in Europe (YASE) award for the Champion of Science Storytelling Challenge. In December 2018, he was nominated for the prestigious The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) Prize for Young Person of the Year 2018, both for his research in degenerative diseases and for his outreach work. In 2019, he was awarded the New England BioLabs Passion in Science Humanitarian Duty Award .
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- Allen, Stephanie. "'Champion of Science' recognised for positive impact of research communication". The University of Sussex. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
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- "TReND in Africa Workshop Visit". Micro Control Instruments. 2018-05-03. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
- "Science fair for teachers, students holds in Yobe". Premium Times Nigeria. 2017-11-22. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
- "Davido, Samson Itodo, Tomi Adeyemi, Nemitari Ajienka and Mahmoud Maina || Meet the honorees for The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year 2018". The Future Awards Africa. 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
- "About | Science Communication Hub Nigeria". Home | Science Communication Hub Nigeria. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
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- Ogbe, Author Toju (2018-10-17). "Dr. Mahmoud Bukar Maina Wins 2018 Champions of Science Storytelling Challenge (YASE Edition)". PositiveNaija. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
- EDITOR, NEWS. "Leading Nigerian science education advocate, wins 'Champion of Science' Award in Europe". yenlive.com. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
- "New England Biolabs® Announces 2019 Passion in Science Awards® Recipients | NEB". international.neb.com. Retrieved 2019-05-20.