Center Staff

Meet Our Center Staff

Meet the personnel working at our center

Dr Murtala Isah Bindawa

Postdoctoral Fellow


Murtala is currently a postdoctoral fellow at BioRTC. He is a staff of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Katsina. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Kwazulu Natal South Africa.

Murtala obtained a BSc Biochemistry degree from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 2011. Between 2013 and 2019, he obtained MSc and PhD degrees in Biochemistry from University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He has published a number of scientific research and review articles in the field of parasitology and metabolic disorders. Murtala has continued his personal and collaborative research aiming at advancing the therapeutic and diagnostic tools against infectious diseases, mainly malaria and African trypanosomiasis. Through Murtala’s effort, the faculty Natural Applied Sciences at UMYU received research equipment donation worth over $100 000 from Seeding Labs USA. He is a member of the Nigerian Young Academy, a junior affiliate of the Nigerian Academy of Science.

Zaid Muhammad

Onsite Assistant

Zaid is a Graduate Assistant at the Department of Human Physiology, Yobe State University, Nigeria and an alumnus of multiple summer schools organised by TReND in Africa

Zaid Muhammad obtained a BSc in Human Physiology from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU) Nigeria, during which he worked on metal toxicity and its effects on rodents. He is currently pursuing an MSc in the same institution where his work focuses on the effect of a plant extract against amyloid beta aggregation and Tau phosphorylation in Drosophila melanogaster model of Alzheimer’s disease. Zaid is an alumnus of many TReND in Africa schools, including the IBRO-ARC TReND School on Invertebrate Neuroscience held in Ghana in 2019. Through this schools, he has acquired skills in basic molecular biology techniques and handling of Drosophila melanogaster. Zaid is a fellow of the African Science Literacy Network, a member of the Neuroscience Society of Nigeria (NSN), Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA), Physiological Society of Nigeria (PSN) and international movement disorder society (MDS).

Abdulrahman Alkhamis Idris

Onsite Assistant

Abdulrahman Alkhamis Idris is an Assistant Lecturer with the Department of Human Physiology, College of Medical Sciences, Yobe State University. He has experience in the hands-on usage of Drosophila melanogaster in neuroscience research. He is one of the onsite assistants of BioRTC, helping to ensure the smooth running of activities.

Abdulrahman Alkhamis obtained his BSc in Human Physiology from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and MSc in Neurophysiology. His MSc work uncovered the potential antidepressant effects of Hibiscus sabdariffa in chlorpromazine induced depression in Drosophila melanogaster. He is currently enrolled for PhD at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Abdulrahman Alkhamis is passionate about promoting public understanding of science. He is one of the onside assistants for BioRTC, helping to ensure activities in the newly established centre run smoothly.

Kundi Umar Muhammad


Kundi is a Laboratory Technician and Lab Manager at BioRTC. He also serves as BioRTC onsite Research Assistant to Prof. Takeshi Yoshimatsu (Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine, USA).

Their research aims to understand molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the formation of the normal retina and uncover genetic factors that cause retinal neurodegenerative diseases. To this end, they will use various vertebrate model animals to investigate how disruption of disease-associated genes impacts the formation and the degeneration of retinal function and structures. They employ various cutting-edge techniques such as: CRISPR/Cas9 gene knock-out, Confocal microscopy, Immunostaining, Neural circuit reconstruction from electron-microscopy images, Computational animal behavioral analysis.

A side of scientific research Kundi is enthusiastic on Laboratory Management, Training of Users, Helping with the execution of some Complex experiments, among others

Larema Baba Zau

BioRTC Liaison Officer YSUTH

Larema Baba Zau is an esteemed Principal Medical Laboratory Scientist who currently holds multiple key positions at Yobe State University Teaching Hospital in Damaturu. He serves as the BioRTC Liaison Officer and is also the Ag Deputy HOD of the Medical Laboratory Services Department, while also acting as the Unit Head of the Chemical Pathology Unit.

With his specialized knowledge in chemical pathology, Larema is currently conducting research on Renal Disease, and has a particular interest in Endocrinology and Diabetes Research. As a dedicated healthcare professional, he is committed to enhancing his expertise in these areas to improve patient outcomes. He’s also working on open source and bioengineering projects presently in BioRTC.

Muhammad Mustapha


Muhammad Mustapha is a technician who currently works at BioRTC. He holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Chemistry/Biochemistry, which he obtained from the Federal Polytechnic Damaturu.

Dawoud Usman

Research Assistant

Dawoud is Dr. Mainas research assistant. He currently works on an induced pluripotent stem cell project. Prior to this, he studied and researched for CAMRET. He is a nascent and valedictory graduate of physiology from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He has a penchant for basic and applied research, as well as community service. He is recipient of several awards including a prestigious Sigma Xi/National Academy of Science Grant. He is experienced in Drosophila research, murine investigations, mammalian cell culture, field research, hospice (clinical physiology), several wet and dry lab techniques.

Sadiq Muhammad


Sadiq Muhammad is a computer science student currently studying at Yobe State University. He is also working as an intern bioengineer at BioRTC.