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Prof. Alash'le Abimiku is Director and Principal Investigator (PI), I-HAB. As PI, she directs and provides guidance and oversight for the overall functionality of I-HAB; Initiates collaboration and partnership with stakeholders, agencies and regulatory bodies; and provides guidance to ensure resources, processes and activities are optimized. Others include liaising and reporting to funding agencies, and consultation with DBAC.
Prof. Abimiku is a recipient of the National Award of the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) for her contributions in enhancing the quality of laboratory medicine in Nigeria.
She is an accomplished virologist credited with pioneering early HIV research in Nigeria and laying the groundwork for the establishment of IHVN, Prof. Abimiku is a Professor of Medicine at the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. She was profiled in Science (2004; 304:1288) as a scientist with "a foot in each country" that has successfully acted as a lynchpin between her home country and the developed world.
Educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria, and the London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Prof. Abimiku aims to epidemiologically characterize viruses from selected target study populations and HIV disease models in Nigeria to understand the pathogenesis of HIV and for HIV prevention programs including HIV vaccine research.
The central bio-repository in Abuja has been awarded an NIH funded Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) biorepositories grant (Principal Investigator: Dr. Alash'le Abimiku) to upgrade its infrastructure and functions to international standard to support H3Africa investigators in Africa and eventually expand to other investigators as well.