Mahmoud Maina

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Mahmoud Bukar Maina
Mahmoud Maina portrait.jpg
Alma materUniversity of Maiduguri, University of Sussex
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Sussex, Gombe State University
ThesisFrom chromatin to protein synthesis: the role of glutamate, amyloid beta and tau in Alzheimer’s disease
Doctoral advisorLouise 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.[1] He performs outreach work to inspire young people in Africa to pursue science and to increase public understanding of science.

Early life and education[edit]

Maina is originally from Nguru, Yobe State, Nigeria.[2] He attended Federal Government College Buni Yadi in Yobe State for his Secondary School.[3] He completed his Bachelor of Science in Human Anatomy at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, in 2007.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] His PhD research was focussed on the role of nuclear Tau in Alzheimer’s disease.[7][8][9] He completed his PhD in 2017 and is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex.[7] He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2018.[10]

Outreach work and awards[edit]

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.[11] As a result Maina founded the outreach program for TReND in Africa,[10] an organisation that aims to improve scientific development in Sub-Saharan Africa, for example by organising workshops on open hardware and neuroscience,[12] and science fairs for students and teachers.[13] He also started the Science Communication Hub in Nigeria, ,[14] a platform that aims to connect scientists from Nigeria and increase the visibility of Nigerian and African scientists.[15] He has published about neuroscience research in Nigeria[4][16] and in Africa's 54 countries,[17] as part of his ongoing work to enhance neuroscience research in Africa.

In 2019 Maina started the African Science Literacy Network, a project aimed at training scientists and journalist in effectively communicating research.[18] In September 2019 Maina organised a workshop which launched the project.[19][18]

For his outreach work, he has received the Royal Society of Biology Science Communication Award in 2017[1] and the Young African Scientists in Europe award for the Champion of Science Storytelling Challenge.[20][21][22] In December 2018, he was nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year 2018,[14] 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 [23] and Kroto Public Engagement Award by Sussex's School of Life Sciences.[24]


  1. ^ a b "Neuroscientist wins Royal Society of Biology Science Communication Award 2017". The British Neuroscience Association. 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  2. ^ "RSB announces winner of the New Researcher Science Communication Award 2017". Royal Society of Biology. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  3. ^ "Champions of Science Storytelling Challenge – YASE Edition Winner Announced! | J&J Innovation Center". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  4. ^ a b "Global Science: Neuroscience in Nigeria". eLife. 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  5. ^ "People". TReND. 2015-06-16. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  6. ^ "Researcher profile: Mahmoud Maina, School of Life Sciences doctoral researcher : May 2017 : ... : Doctoral School : Schools and services : University of Sussex". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  7. ^ a b Team, Web. "Dr Mahmoud Maina : Role Models: 12 Sussex Stories in Nigeria : ... : Study with us : University of Sussex". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  8. ^ Maina, Mahmoud B.; Bailey, Laura J.; Wagih, Sherin; Biasetti, Luca; Pollack, Saskia J.; Quinn, James P.; Thorpe, Julian R.; Doherty, Aidan J.; Serpell, Louise C. (2018-07-31). "The involvement of tau in nucleolar transcription and the stress response". Acta Neuropathologica Communications. 6 (1): 70. doi:10.1186/s40478-018-0565-6. ISSN 2051-5960. PMC 6066928. PMID 30064522.
  9. ^ Maina, Mahmoud B.; Bailey, Laura J.; Doherty, Aidan J.; Serpell, Louise C. (2018). "The Involvement of Aβ42 and Tau in Nucleolar and Protein Synthesis Machinery Dysfunction". Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 12: 220. doi:10.3389/fncel.2018.00220. ISSN 1662-5102. PMC 6086011. PMID 30123109.
  10. ^ a b Allen, Stephanie. "'Champion of Science' recognised for positive impact of research communication". The University of Sussex. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  11. ^ "Champions of Science Storytelling Challenge – YASE Edition Winner Announced! | J&J Innovation Center". Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  12. ^ "TReND in Africa Workshop Visit". Micro Control Instruments. 2018-05-03. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  13. ^ "Science fair for teachers, students holds in Yobe". Premium Times Nigeria. 2017-11-22. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  14. ^ a b "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.
  15. ^ "About | Science Communication Hub Nigeria". Home | Science Communication Hub Nigeria. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  16. ^ Maina, Mahmoud Bukar; Mohammed, Yunusa Garba; Bukar, Ali Maina; Ahmad, Umar; Tijjani Salihu, Abubakar; Ibrahim, Harun A.; Abdurrazak, Muhammad; Hamidu, Suleiman Kwairanga; Yaro, Aisha Umar; Awadelkareem, Mosab Ali; Nasr, Fayza Eid (June 2019). "African neuroscience on the global stage: Nigeria as a model". The European Journal of Neuroscience. 49 (12): 1544–1551. doi:10.1111/ejn.14372. ISSN 1460-9568. PMID 30758873.
  17. ^ Maina, M. B.; Ahmad, U.; Ibrahim, H. A.; Hamidu, S. K.; Nasr, F. E.; Salihu, A. T.; Abushouk, A. I.; Abdurrazak, M.; Awadelkareem, M. A.; Amin, A.; Imam, A. (2020-06-04). "20 years of African Neuroscience: Waking a sleeping giant". bioRxiv: 2020.06.03.131391. doi:10.1101/2020.06.03.131391. S2CID 219535302.
  18. ^ a b Tsanni, Abdullahi. "African Science Literacy Network: Science Communication and Journalism workshop holds in Abuja". Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  19. ^ Allen, Stephanie. "Sussex neuroscientist working to improve science communication in Nigeria". The University of Sussex. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  20. ^ "Champions of Science Storytelling Challenge – YASE Edition Winner Announced!". J&J Innovation Center. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  21. ^ Ogbe, Author Toju (2018-10-17). "Dr. Mahmoud Bukar Maina Wins 2018 Champions of Science Storytelling Challenge (YASE Edition)". PositiveNaija. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  22. ^ "Leading Nigerian science education advocate, wins 'Champion of Science' Award in Europe". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  23. ^ "New England Biolabs® Announces 2019 Passion in Science Awards® Recipients | NEB". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  24. ^ Gowers, Jessica. "Winners of the Kroto Award for Public Engagement announced at symposium". The University of Sussex. Retrieved 2020-06-12.

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