Abba B. Gumel, PhD, FAS, FAAS
Professor, Department of Mathematics,
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2, Canada.
 
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Brief Background

I am a Full Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics, University of Manitoba, Canada. I received B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Bayero University (Kano, Nigeria) and Brunel University (London, England), respectively. My main research interests are in (i) Mathematical Biology, (ii) Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and (iii) Computational Mathematics. The main objective of my research work is to use mathematical theories and methodologies to gain insights into the qualitative behaviour of non-linear dynamical systems arising from the mathematical modelling of phenomena in the natural and engineering sciences, with more emphasis on the transmission and control dynamics of human diseases of public health interest. I have supervised a number of research students (NSERC-funded summer undergraduate and graduate students) and postdoctoral fellows.

The following is a list of some of the research and service awards I have received:

  • Merit Award for research excellence in 2011, given by the University of Manitoba and the
    University of Manitoba Faculty Association (given in May 2012). Eight awards are given
    each year, under the research category, throughout the campus;


  • Merit Award for research excellence in 2010, given by the University of Manitoba and the
    University of Manitoba Faculty Association (given in June 2011). Eight awards are given
    each year, under the research category, throughout the campus;


  • Elected Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Science, February 2010.


  • Elected Fellow, African Academy of Science, December 2009.


  • The 2009 Dr. Lindsay E. Nicolle award for excellent paper published in the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology. June 2009, Toronto, Canada. (The Award, given annually, is given to an author who has made a significant contribution to Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology as demonstrated by the impact of their original research published in the journal). The work is co-authored by Miriam Nuno (Harvard School of Public Health) and Gerardo Chowell (Arizona State University).


  • 2008 University of Manitoba (UM/UMFA) Merit Award for Excellence in Research. Eight awards are given
    each year, under the research category, throughout the campus;


  • University of Manitoba Award for Outstanding Outreach, December 2008. One award is given each year.


  • 2007 University of Manitoba (UM/UMFA) Merit Award for Excellence in Research. July 2008. Eight awards are given
    each year, under the research category, throughout the campus;


  • The Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Research (University of Manitoba, March 2004; this is the highest research award given at the University of Manitoba);


  • Manitoba Science and Technology Certificate of Achievement in Science and Technology during 2003 (Winnipeg, April 2004).


  • Young African Mathematician Medal for Excellence in Applied Mathematics (African Mathematical Union in Conjunction with the International Conference for Mathematical Sciences, UNAAB, Nigeria, November, 2003)

Main Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Director, Institute of Industrial Mathematical Sciences, University of Manitoba (2004-2012);
  • Secretary, Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society (CAIMS): (2007-2009; 2009-2011)
  • Member, Administrative Council, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba;
  • Represents the University of Manitoba on the Board of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, Toronto (2000-to date);
  • Co-Director, Prairie Network for Research in Mathematical Sciences (2008-to date);
  • Departmental colloquium (research seminar) coordinator (2005-to date);
  • Founder and co-ordinator, Mathematical Biology Team, IIMS (1999-to date);
  • Member, Global Outreach Committee, Society for Mathematical Biology (2007);
  • Patron, African Society for Biomathematics (2007-to date);
  • Member, African Scientific Committee of the Nelson Mandela Institution (mandated to form campuses of African Institute of Science and Technology across Africa);
  • Partake in a DIMACS project for conducting training programs in mathematical biology in Africa;
  • Founder and Co-ordinator, Canada-Africa Biomathematics Network;
  • Member, International Scientific Committee, National Mathematical Centre, Nigeria;
  • Serve on numerous departmental and university-wide committees (e.g., hiring committees, thesis commitees etc.);
  • External thesis examiner to numerous universities around the world.

Editorial Board:

  • Associate Editor, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering;
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Mathematics;
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Engineering Sciences;
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Biological Systems;
  • Associate Editor, African Diaspora Journal of Mathematics;
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the Nigerian Mathematical Society;
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Zhejiang University Science.

Selected Conferences/Workshops I Organized (or Co-organized)

  • PNRMS 2010, University of Manitoba, April/May 2010.
  • Mathematical Biology Summer School, Botswana, August 2008.
  • Chair, inaugural meeting of Canada-Africa Biomathematics Network, Kampala, Uganda, November, 2007;
  • Organizer, US-Africa Advanced Study Institute on Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases in Africa, organized by DIMACS at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cape Town, South Africa, June 2007;
  • Local Chair, CMS-MITACS joint conference, Winnipeg, May-June, 2007;
  • Chair, Organizing Committee, DIMACS workshop on ``Facing the Challenge of Infectious Diseases in Africa: The Role of Mathematical Modeling", University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa, September, 2006;
  • Co-chair, AMS-IMS-SIAM summer research conference on ``Competitive Mathematical Models of Disease Dynamics: Emerging Paradigms and Challenges", Snowbird, Utah, July 2005. Other members of the Organizing Committee were: Carlos Castillo-Chavez (Los Alamos Laboratory and Arizona State University), Ronald Mickens (Clark Atlanta University), Trachette Jackson (University of Michigan) and Dominic Clemence (North Carolina A&T State University);
  • Co-Chair, 26th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society, Institute of Industrial Mathematical Sciences, University of Manitoba, June 2005 (other co-chair was Rob McLeod, now fo the University of Winnipeg);
  • Evolutionary Aspects of Vaccine Use, DIMACS Centre, Rutgers, New Jersey, USA; June 2005. Other co-organizers were: Troy Day (Queen's University), Alison Galvani (Yale University) and Claudio Struchiner (Brazil).

 

   

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