The Vice-Chancellor Federal University Dutse,Prof. Abdulkarim Sabo Mohammed has approved the appointment of Prof. Yusuf Yahaya Deeni, the immediate past Director of Research and Development as the new Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies.
In the appointment letter which was signed by the University Registrar,Alhaji Abubakar Mijinyawa, the VC congratulated the new Dean for his well deserved appointment and prayed to Allah to guide him in his new assignment.
The appointment is for the initial term of two years.
Professor Yusuf Yahaya Deeni is a Professor of Molecular Biology and Biomedicine and a fellow of the Royal Society for Biology (FRSB). He is currently the Director of Research and Development at the Federal University Dutse (FUD) Nigeria.
Professor Deeni received BSc Biology from Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia, USA (1981), MSc Biology (Microbiology) from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria (1989), and PhD in Molecular Biology (Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology) from University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK (1998). He has 33 years of Teaching and Research within the University System – a career starting in Bayero University Kano (BUK), Nigeria, then at University of Dundee and later Abertay University both in Dundee, Scotland, UK, before joining Federal University Dutse, Dutse, Nigeria.
Prior to joining BUK he had taught Biology, Mathematics and Physics at secondary level and has risen to become Senior Master and later an Inspector of Education (Biology & Integrated Science with Kano State Ministry of Education, Kano, Nigeria.
Professor Y Y Deeni is a Molecular Pharmacologist/Toxicologist, Biotechnologist and Translational Researcher, whose research interests/activities include: drug discovery, drug metabolism, protein & enzyme engineering, molecular carcinogenesis, molecular environmental toxicology, molecular epidemiology, gene regulation & expression, bioinformatics and computational biology, medical and environmental microbiology and applied biotechnology.
Over the years, Professor Deeni led and managed several postgraduate programmes and supervised several postgraduate students (MSc & MPhil, >40; PhD, 14), Postdoctoral Researchers (2) and Academic Research Visitors (5). He has over 100 peer reviewed presentations and publications with a substantial number of in Q1/Q2/Q3 international journals, including The Lancet (impact factor 79.321) and Energy and Environmental Science Journal (impact factor 38.532).
Professor Deeni is an Editorial Board Member and a Reviewer to many national and international peer review scientific journals and a member of several scientific associations/bodies. He has obtained over 25 funding/grants in support of Teaching and Research.
Over the years and through the different University System, Professor Deeni served/serves in many key university committees like the University Court (Governing Council), Senate, Research Degrees Sub-Committee (RDC), Health and Safety Sub-Committee, etc. Further, he was Secretary and still member to the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) of the National Covid-19 Research Coalition (NCRC), Nigeria. He is the Co-Leader for the Epidemiology Committee of the NCRC.
Moreover, He is a member Board of Trustees of Centre for Public Health and Environmental Research (CEPHARD), Kano, Nigeria, as well as Director of Research CEPHARD, in addition to being a joint Patron of Kano Arthritis Patients Association (KAPA).