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Atta, Habiba Iliyasu

Affiliation: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Pronouns: She/Her

Email Contact: hiatta@abu.edu.ng

Habiba I. Atta, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer of Environmental Microbiology in the Department of Microbiology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Her areas of research include: Bioremediation, Soil Metagenomics, Microbial Ecology, Indoor Air Quality, Renewable energy and Biocontrol. She has participated in multidisciplinary studies in the fields of Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Soil Science and Textile Science.
She won the “Innovators of Tomorrow” grant for her Master’s thesis on petroleum degradation by bacteria (awarded by the STEP B project of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Nigeria in conjunction with World Bank). She also earned a scholarship under the Local Scholarship Scheme for the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Nigeria, for her Ph.D. dissertation on identification of bacteria with potential for degrading polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using molecular methods. A major part of her Ph.D. research was conducted at Cardiff University, U.S.