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Dr. Alash'le G Abimiku Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria

Dr. Alash’le Abimiku has been pivotal to the establishment of a long-term collaborations between Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) and other Institutions in Nigeria and investigators at the Institute of Human Virology University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore where she is an Associate Professor, the National Institutes of Health and research institutes around the world. Dr. Abimiku has been highly successful in growing portfolio of grants including the Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria PEPFAR program where she directs the activities of the laboratory clinical services and research. As a trained Medical Microbiologist with specialization in Retrovirology, Dr. Abimiku first demonstrated the unique nature of the HIV strain prevalent in Nigeria in 1993 as subtype G during her postdoctoral training at NIH, and provided the first reliable HIV research laboratory in central Nigeria. In addition to being a successful fully funded independent researcher for several years, Dr. Abimiku has trained a cadre of pre and post-doctoral Nigerians who are engaged in advanced laboratory science and research through the UM-IHV NIH Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program Grant. She is internationally recognized in her role on the board of the African Society of Laboratory Medicine, and the WHO HIV Vaccine Advisory Committee. She is the Principal Investigator of the IHVN H3Africa Biorepository (I-HAB).