Prof Ibrahim Abubakar

Prof Ibrahim Abubakar

Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Institute for Global Health

Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joined UCL
20th Sep 2010

Research summary

In addition to his role as Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health, 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. 


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 Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health. 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 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 was chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis. He serves on/chairs several expert/advisory groups for the WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.