Prof. Hussaini Anthony Makun

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Born on 23rd May, 1966 in Minna, Nigeria. I have twenty-seven years of experience as a university academic staff and a researcher in areas relating to environmental health monitoring, mycotoxicology and mycology. Possess a Doctorate degree in Biochemistry (Toxicology) after successful completion of a thesis entitled “Studies on mycoflora and mycotoxins contaminating guinea corn and rice in Niger State, Nigeria” This was preceded by an MSc degree in Biochemistry (thesis titled “Analysis of blood levels of trace metals, total lipids and cholesterol in Ajaokuta Steel Industry workers”).

The novelty of finding Fusarium verticillioides in Nigerian rice during my PhD work which is the fungi associated with oesophageal cancer (EC) in South Africa, earned me a National Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) with Food Environment and Health Research Group of the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Being a university teaching staff for over two decades, I have taught many biochemistry and environmental toxicology related courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have supervised and graduated over seventy B-Tech, ten M-Tech students and three PhDs. The graduate students all worked on mycotoxins. I have won national and international research grants to the cumulative sum of $6, 981, 879.97.

I am a member of Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria, Pan African Environmental Mutagen Society and International Society of Mycotoxicology. I am currently a member of Experts on Mycotoxins in Food, Food Hygiene, Food Import/Export Inspections and Certification System of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of Nigeria, National Codex Committee of Nigeria, African Union Expert Committee on Contaminants in Food (2011 to date) and Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Contaminants in Food (JECFA) (2012-2020).

I coordinated the writing of the “discussion paper on fungi and mycotoxins in Sorghum” which was adopted as a document of the Joint FAO/WHO Experts Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) in 2012 and participated in the writing of “Proposed draft annex for “prevention and reduction of aflatoxins and ochratoxin A in sorghum” in the existing code of practice for the prevention and reduction of mycotoxin contamination in cereals (CAC/RCP 51-2003)”.

I have 62 publications, mostly on mycotoxins in peer review journals, technical papers and books. I wrote on the prevention and control of sterigmatocystin and diacetoxyscirpenol for the 83rd meeting of JECFA held in November, 2017 in Rome. I was the immediate pass Director of Research, Innovation and Development of our University. I am currently the Lead Researcher of the Food and Toxicology Research Group and Centre Leader of the Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety of the Federal University of Technology Minna.

I have served as election monitor, election collation and returning officers at state and national assemble elections from 1999 to 2015). I also have passion for jogging and reading. I am married to Barrister Evelyn Pambelo Hussaini and blessed with four children (23, 20, 18 and 13 years).