UCL Antimicrobial Resistance

Prof Ibrahim Abubakar

Prof Ibrahim Abubakar

Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

School of Life & Medical Sciences

Joined UCL
20th Sep 2010

Research summary

In addition to his role as Dean, Faculty of Population Health Sciences, 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 other common problems such as antimicrobial resistance and vaccine preventable diseases 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.  


Royal College of Physicians
Doctorate, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians | 2012
University of East Anglia
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2007
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Diplom | 2001
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1999
Ahmadu Bello University
Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery | 1992


Ibrahim Abubakar (MBBS, DPH, MSc, PhD, FFPH, FRCPE, FRCP, FMedSci) is Dean, Faculty of Population Health Sciences at UCL. 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 UnitHe 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 the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia.  

He is the chair of Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health 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.