Yusuf Danasabe Jobbi

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Yusuf Danasabe Jobbi first dreamed of being a scientist when he experienced the unnecessary suffering and loss of family members as a young child. He found himself growing curious about their diagnoses of sickle cell disease and other rare genetic diseases and wondering if there was anything that could have been done differently with their treatment. The desire to make sense of these tragedies developed into an intense passion to study medical laboratory science and became a hematologist.

Jobbi earned his bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science in 2014 from Usmanu Danfodio University in Sokoto, Nigeria and his master’s degree in biotechnology in 2019 from Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria. In his current position as a medical laboratory scientist at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, Nigeria, he is responsible for collaborating with non-governmental organizations on sickle cell awareness, supervising interns and staff in the hematology laboratory, creating standard operating procedures and performing quality controls for the lab, and performing routine hematological lab analyses of patients’ specimens. His current research interests are in sickle cell disease and other hematological and infectious diseases.

I came to realize that, to effect the change I wanted to see in my community I would need to not only have the skills and knowledge of laboratory techniques, but to learn how to systematically use evidence-based approaches to identify and fill the important gaps in the care of children with sickle cell disease and other rare genetic and undiagnosed genetic diseases,” he says. “I am optimistic that the St. Jude Masters’ in Global Child Health program will offer me a new perspective and teach me the best practices in the field of molecular biology and genomics of sickle cell disease.”


MS - Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria (2019)

BS - Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, Nigeria (2014)


Khadijah AS, Jobbi YD, Ibrahim Y, Umar M., et al. Seroprevalence of syphilis and Hepatitis C virus coinfection among blood donors attending Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano-Nigeria. Journal of Advances in Medicine and Medical Research 3(1): 30-38, 2020.

Hussaini MA, Durbunde AA, Jobbi YD, Muhammad IY, et al. Assessment of experience, perception and attitude towards premarital sickle cell disease screening among students attending Federal College of Education, Kano, Nigeria. International Journal of Research and Reports in Hematology 1-12, 2019.

Yusuf AA, Abdullahi SA, Idris IM, and Jobbi YD. Platelet count and indices in acute uncomplicated Malaria in Kano, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Basic and Clinical Sciences 16(1), 46, 2019.

Bello N, Kudu ATD, Adetokun AB, Taura DW, Jobbi YD, et al. Characterization and antimicrobial susceptibility profile of bacteraemia causing pathogens isolated from febrile children with and without sickle cell disease in Kano, Nigeria. Mediterranean journal of hematology and infectious diseases 10(1), 2018.

Babandi A, Murtal Y, Bello LF, Bako SU, Jobbi Y, et al. Oxidative stress indices among patients with Sickle Cell Anaemia in Kano, Northwestern Nigeria. W J Biomed Res. 4(1):18-25, 2017.

Yusuf I, Jobbi YD, Auwalu HA, Shuaib M. Self-medicated antibiotics in rural communities in Kano, Nigeria: a cross-sectional survey of community members. Abstracts from the 4th International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control Geneva, Switzerland. Published: 15 June2017.

Babandi A, Muhammed IY, Murtala Y, Ibrahim AA, et al. Oxidative stress indices and calcium level among hypertensive patients in Kano, Nigeria. BJMLS 2(1), 2017.

Baba AI, Makuku AU, Yau NA, Grema F, et al. Episodic exacerbation of haemolysis in a patient with co-inheritance of Sickle Cell Anaemia and G6PD deficiency. Abstracts from the 53rd Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria, Kaduna. Published: 12th November 2017.

Bachaka M, Erhabor O, Jobbi YD. Cytomegalovirus infection among blood donors in Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital Sokoto, Nigeria. Am.J. Pharm Tech Res.6(2); 2016.

Umar M, Mohammed IB, Oko JO, Tafinta IY, et al. Phytochemical analysis and antimicrobial effect of lemon grass (cymbopogon citratus) obtained from Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medical Research 1-8, 2016.

Umar M, Arzai AH, Yusuf G, Oko JO, and Jobbi DY. Serological characterization and antimicrobial sensitivity profile of Haemophilus influenzae serotypes isolated from Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano. Nigeria. J. Brit Microbiol Res 15(5); 1-10, 2016.

Umar M, Yaya AA, Yusuf G, Tafinta IY, et al. Biochemical characterization and antimicrobial susceptibility trends of proteus mirabilis isolated from patients suspected with urinary tract infections attending Sickbay Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria. Ann. Bio. Sci 4(2): 1-8, 2016.

Umar M, Aliko AA, Idris S, Daniel OI, et al. Seroprevalence of Hepatitis B and listeriosis co-infection among patients attending Sickbay Hospital, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria. Asian Jour of Med and Health 1(1):112, 2016.

Umar M, Akafy DE, Abdulkarim IM, Yaya AA, and Danasabe YJ. Biochemical characterization and antibiogram pattern of streptococcus mutans isolated from dental unit, Sick-Bay, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Int J Bio Biomed Sci 4; 63-6, 2015.