Prof Hussaini A. Makun is currently a full Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria where he has been since 1992. He completed his PhD in 2007 in Biochemistry (Toxicology) from same University. The researcher was a National Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) with Food Environment and Health Research Group of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) between 2008 and 2010. He is the Lead Researcher of the Food and Toxicology Research Group (FTRG), which conducts researches on mycotoxins, African medicinal plants and substances of abuse in Nigeria.

He has received seven national and international grants, is a member of the African Union Expert Committee on Contaminants in Food and the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Contaminants in Food (2012-2016).

He has 57 publications in peer-reviewed journals, technical papers and books (h-index: 15). The Nigerian Food and Toxicology Research Group and the Ghent University International Thematic Network MYTOX-SOUTH, were awarded a $4.8 million grant by the World Bank to establish the “African Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety” of which Prof Makun is the centre leader. The ACEMFS aims to create an interdisciplinary, experiential education model that will prepare a cadre of future leaders focused on the rapidly emerging need for innovations at the nexus of food security, food safety, agricultural productivity and economics from local to global scales.

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