Dr Sani Aliyu

Dr Sani Aliyu is a consultant in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Cambridge University Hospitals and Caldicott Guardian for the Trust. He was until recently the national coordinator of Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Dr Aliyu obtained his medical degree from Ahmadu Bello, Zaria, Nigeria in 1993. After completing his training at Cambridge University Hospitals in 2007, he worked for a year as a consultant microbiologist in Birmingham before returning to Cambridge University Hospitals as the first joint consultant in Microbiology & Infectious diseases.

From 2016-19, Dr Aliyu was the Director-General of the Nigeria National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), where he is credited with the successful delivery of the largest HIV-specific survey in the world (NAIIS). He was recalled back to Nigeria in March 2020 to help set up a robust and sustainable COVID-19 response programme for the country.

Dr. Aliyu has served on various national and international bodies including the UNAIDS Technical Committee on Target Setting for 2025 and resource needs. He was Chair of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organisation (ALCO), Chair of the UK Infectious Diseases Specialist Certificate Examinations (SCE) and Chair of the Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) Project.

Dr Aliyu is currently a commissioner on the African Union Commission on COVID-19 and was recently invited to join the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), a global partnership for developing vaccines to stop future pandemics. He has co-authored 75 peer-reviewed publications and four book chapters. His areas of interest include HIV and COVID-19 epidemiology, molecular diagnostics, and antimicrobial stewardship. Dr Aliyu is passionate about encouraging diversity and inclusion in the workplace and ensuring that leadership and career development opportunities are available to our staff.