Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Network of Africa

Kano is the state capital of Kano State in North West, Nigeria. It is situated in the Sahelian geographic region, south of the Sahara. The Kano Sites operates through the Bayero University. 



Baba Maiyaki Musa

Baba is the research coordinator of the Africa Center of Excellence in Population Health and Policy, and site PI, NIH: Optimal Management of HIV Infected Adults at Risk for Kidney Complications in Nigeria.

He is an assistant professor with the Department of Medicine Bayero University Kano. He was born in Lokoja Nigeria and attended Rumfa College Kano concluding in 1989. He graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1998 with a bachelor of medicine and surgery (MBBS), and was board certified by the West African College of Physicians in 2007.

He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 with a Master in Public Health (Distinction). He became a visiting scholar to the Department of Pediatrics Vanderbilt University in 2015.


Aisha Kuliya-Gwarzo

Aisha is a Professor of Haematology and Blood Transfusion in Bayero University and a consultant haematologist to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria.

She is a fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (FMCPath – Haematology and Blood Transfusion), she has MBBS degree from University of Maiduguri, Nigeria and MSc in Transfusion and Transplant from University of Bristol, UK. She is an active member of some research groups on inherited anaemias like the ASFA Sickle Cell research group, SPARCO and the SKINNconsortium for prevention of kernicterus from G6PD deficiency in Nigeria.

Her current research interests include the use of red cell exchange in Sickle cell anaemia, blood transfusion, and pregnancy-related haematological disorders.


Yusuf Danasabe Jobbi

Yusuf Danasabe Jobbi is a medical laboratory scientist at the Department of Haematology / Transfusion Science, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano Nigeria. a graduate of Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto (UDUS) in 2013 (BMLS) presently doing his Masters in Biotechnology/Molecular Biology at Bayero University Kano (BUK) working on; Insilico analysis of HBB/HBG globin genes and analysis of High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) patterns, to know the prevalence of other haemoglobin variants associated with Sickle Cell Disease in children (SCD). His supporting skills include Bioinformatics / Biorepository which gives him the ability to use different molecular biology tools in manipulating gene sequences like CLC tool, NCBI, BIO-Edit, Ensembl, Primer stat, UCSC, Expasy for proteomics, etc.

At the Site he is the medical laboratory scientist that takes care of receiving all samples of the research participants, maintaining their identification numbers given during enrolment, perform Full Blood Count (FBC) of each sample received, extract their Buffy coat, plasma/serum and finally transfer it to 2ml cryovials, the urine sample of each participant is also centrifuged and the deposit is transferred in to clean containers and all the samples are finally stored at -80 Co before shipping.


Awwal Inuwa Gambo

Awwal has over 14 years in international research coordination and training on research ethics and implementation.

He holds a Masters in Development studies, Managerial Sciences, and certificates in health economics, research ethics and statistical method in epidemiology from John Hopkins University and Univerity of Maryland Baltimore. 


Bilya Sani Musa

Bilya is a Research Administrator for the SickleGenAfrica Project. Currently a Chief Administrative Officer with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography (1998) and Masters in Public Policy and Administration (2005) from Bayero University Kano.

He is a Research Manager for NIH funded Phase III clinical trials on primary and Secondary stroke prevention in children with SCD in Sub-Saharan Africa SPRING and SPRINT. He also attended the Vanderbilt Institute in Research Development and Ethics (VIRDE), a one-month course on grant writing and research ethics in 2017. He is a registered member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA).



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