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Prof Ibrahim Abubakar
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  • Dean, Faculty of Population Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
  • School of Life & Medical Sciences

Ibrahim Abubakar is Dean, UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. He was director of the UCL Institute for Global Health until July 2021.  He was appointed NIHR Senior Investigator in 2017 and elected Fellow Academy of Medical Sciences in 2020. He led the UCL Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, UCL-TB and was a senior investigator at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit. He was head of TB at Public Health England.  Prior to his appointment at UCL, he was Professor in Health Protection at the Norwich Medical School. 


He qualified in medicine in 1992 and initially trained in general medicine before specialising in public health medicine. His academic public health training was undertaken at LSHTM, University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia.  


He is the chair of Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health, Lancet Nigeria Commission and the Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group on Population Health. He served as chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis until 2019.

Research Summary

Prof Abubakar runs a global health research programme that addresses major diseases affecting vulnerable groups. His work focuses on the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of infections including tuberculosis, hepatitides, HIV, and emerging infections particularly among underserved populations. 

Teaching Summary

Supervises PhD students in infectious disease epidemiology and migration and health. Teaches on the global health and applied infectious disease epidemiology MScs.  

2011 – 31-JUL-2012 Clinical Professor in Health Protection Department of Medicine Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
2010 – 2012 Senior Lecturer Infectious Disease Epidemiology London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2012   Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
2007   Doctor of Philosophy University of East Anglia
2001   Diplom University of Cambridge
1999   Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1992   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery Ahmadu Bello University
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