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Gambo G. Aliyu, MBBS, MS, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

Administrative Title:

Chief of Party for the NAIIS Survey


IHV S426

Phone (Primary):


Education and Training


Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, MBBS, 1995  

University of Maryland, MS Clinical Research, 2008

University of Maryland, PhD Epidemiology, 2012


I conduct implementation and prevention science research on HIV distribution and transmission dynamics in general and key affected populations to enhance access to prevention and treatment services by key populations in resource limited settings. I co-pioneered mobile HCT to most-at-risk, hard to reach populations in Abuja, Nigeria in 2005 in an important study that demonstrated lack of access to HIV treatment and prevention and the dynamic of acute infection in general and key affected populations. Deliverables of this study were used to optimize HIV incidence assay developed by CDC and currently in use to detect early infections in cross-sectional samples.  I currently work with CDC and the Government of Nigeria under the SHIELD grant to evaluate two national HIV treatment programs: Test and Start, and Community ART, which are important for the country’s attainment of 90-90-90. Furthermore,  I explore HIV occurence and associations with Tuberculosis and Malaria tailored towards creating evidence-based actionable information to guide implementation of programs for disease prevention and control in resource limited settings.   My recent work on the pattern of occurrence of Mycobacterial diseases and their associations with HIV was the first to report the prevalence, distribution and pattern of NTM among HIV suspects in Nigeria. The NTMs he isolated were a mixture of those reported in the US and some newer strains.

Research/Clinical Keywords

HIV Epidemiology, HIV-TB Epidemiology, Multi-drug resistant TB, HIV Surveillance, Malaria Surveillance, Prevention of HIV transmission in key population, ART program evaluation, evaluation of vaccine safety and coverage, HIV research ethic

Highlighted Publications

  1. Aliyu G., Mohammad M., Saidu A., Mondal P., Charurat M.,Abimiku A., Nasidi A., Blattner W.  HIV Infection Awareness and Willingness to Participate in Future HIV Vaccine Trials across Different Risk Groups in Abuja, Nigeria. AIDS Care. 2010 Oct;22(10):1277-84
  2. Saidu Ahmed Kevin Delaney, Pacha Villalba-Diebold, Aliyu G, Niel Constantine, Martins Ememabelem, John Vertefeuille, William Blattner,Abdulsalami Nasidi & Man Charurat, A. HIV counseling and testing and access-to-care needs of populations most-at-risk for HIV in Nigeria.  AIDS Care. 2013 Jan;25(1):85-94.doi:10.1080/09540121.2012.686597. Epub 2012 Jun 18
  3. Charurat M, Nasidi A, Delaney K, Saidu A, Croxton T, Mondal P,Aliyu G, Constantine N, Abimiku A, Carr JK, Vertefeuille J, Blattner W. Characterization of Acute HIV-1 Infection in High-Risk Nigerian Populations. J Infect Dis. 2012 Apr 15;205(8):1239-47. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jis103. Epub 2012 Feb 21
  4. Aliyu G, El-Kamary SS, Abimiku A, Brown C, Tracy KJ, Hungerford L, Blattner W. Prevalence of Non-tuberculous Mycobacterial Infections among Tuberculosis Suspects in Nigeria. PLoS ONE 8(5): e63170. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063170
  5. Aliyu G, El-Kamary SS,  Abimiku A, Ezati N,  Mosunmola I, Hungerford L, Brown C, Tracy KJ,  Obasanya J, Blattner W.Mycobacterial etiology of pulmonary tuberculosis and association with HIV infection and multi-drug resistance in Northern Nigeria. Tuberc Res Treat. 2013;2013:650561. doi: 10.1155/2013/650561. Epub 2013 Jul 16
  6. Alfred N,  Lovette L, Aliyu G, Obasanya J, Meshak P,  Jilang T, Mosunmola I,  Nnamdi E, Olubunmi O, Patrick D, Abimiku A. Optimizing Mycobacterium tuberculosis detection in resource limited settings. BMJ Open. 2014 Mar 3;4(3):e004093. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004093
  7. Aliyu G, El-Kamary SS, Abimiku A, Hungerford L, Obasanya J, Blattner W. Cost-effectiveness of point-of-care digital chest-x-ray in HIV patients with pulmonary mycobacterial infections in Nigeria. BMC Infect Dis. 2014 Dec 13;14:675. doi: 10.1186/s12879-014-0675-0
  8.  Aliyu G, Mahmud SM. Postal recruitment and consent obtainment from index cases of narcolepsy. BMC Med Ethics. 2016 Jan 16;17(1):
  9. Aliyu GG., Informed consent of very sick subjects in Nigeria. Account Res. 2011 Jul-Aug;18(4):289-96.