Meet Prof. Isa Marte Hussaini, our Personality for October


Professor Isa Marte Hussaini is the new commissioner of Higher Education Ministry, Borno State. He was among the commissioners newly appointed by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum and cleared by the Borno State House of Assembly, recently.

Born in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, he had his elementary education at Yerwa Central Primary School Maiduguri, and thereafter attended Yerwa Government Secondary School Maiduguri, where he obtained the West African School Certificate in 1975.

Hussaini bagged a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He later obtained a master’s degree in Pharmacology from Chelsea College, University of London in 1983, after having earlier completed the compulsory one year National Youth Service at the General Hospital Kontogora, Niger State in 1981.

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Hussaini received his doctorate degree (PhD) in Pharmacology from King’s College, London, in 1987 and in 1997, he received an MBA from Averett University, a private non-profit college in Danville, south-central Virginia, USA.

The Professor of Pharmacology joined the Department of Pharmacology, College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri in 1981 but left in 1982 when he went for his PhD programme at Chelsea College University of London. On his return to the country in 1987, he joined the services of Ahmadu Bello University.

Meet Prof. Isa Marte Hussaini, our Personality for October
Professor Isa Marte Hussaini

Hussaini’s flair for research soon took him away from the university to join the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Development (NIPRD), Abuja as chief research fellow. He was later appointed head of Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology.

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As an international scholar and researcher, he was invited to join the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine as a research associate In the Department of Pathology. He served in that capacity for two years before he was appointed  in 1995 ad professor of research. After serving for five years in that capacity, he was appointed as visiting professor, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, ABU Zaria.

In 2010, Hussaini relocated to Nigeria as Dean of Pharmacy and Professor of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Maiduguri, a position he held till 2014. A year before in , 2013, he had been elected as Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, as well as visiting professor at the Department of Pathology, University of Virginia. In November 2015, he became a Fellow of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy NAPharm.

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Hussaini, is a scientist with focus on the use of herbal plants in the treatment of cancer, and has made several presentations and findings locally and internationally on the subject. In recognition of his several findings and works, he has received numerous awards and fellowship to his merit.

He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience; American Association for Cancer Research (AACR); and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, to mention but a few.


  1. Prof you are a great achiever, congratulations on appointment as a chief of staff to Borno state government, i pray for greater position in the future (governor Borno state)


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