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Faculty

Abdul-Aziz Yakubu

Professor

  • Mathematics
  • College of Arts & Sciences

Biography

Dr. Abdul-Aziz Yakubu is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Howard University. He has been a faculty member in this department for several years and served as Department Chair from 2004-2014. Yakubu is a leading researcher and expert in mathematical biology.  His specific research interests are in mathematical applications to the biological sciences with global applications that include the prevention and control of the spread of infectious diseases, and the sustainability of exploited fisheries. His numerous research publications include papers on analysis and applied dynamical systems. He lectures widely on his research in North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.Yakubu has held visiting positions at Cornell University, North Carolina State University, the Ohio State University, and Botswana International University of Science and Technology.  He has served and continue to serve as a committee member of several professional mathematics organizations and national mathematics institutes. He was the Chair of the World Outreach Committee of the Society for Mathematical Biology from 2007-2016.To date, Yakubu has directed 7 PhD dissertations to successful completion (all students who belong to underrepresented groups). He is a proponent of diversity and inclusion in the mathematical sciences and the institutional engagement of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in such initiatives. From 2000–2006, Yakubu directed and taught in REU projects at the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute of Cornell University and Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the Fall of 2015, in collaboration with Dr. Avner Friedman of the Ohio State University and Dr. Michael Reed of Duke University, Yakubu initiated the biannual Howard University Mathematical Modeling in Biology and Medicine Workshop Series. 

Education & Expertise

Education

Mathematics

Ph.D.
North Carolina State University
May, 1990

Applied Mathematics

M.S.
University of Toledo
1985

Mathematics and Computer Science

B. Sc.
University of Ghana
1982

Expertise

Research Professor

Yakubu is a leading researcher and expert in mathematical biology.  His specific research interests are in mathematical applications to the biological sciences with global applications that include the prevention and control of the spread of infectious diseases, and the sustainability of exploited fisheries. His numerous research publications include papers on analysis and applied dynamical systems. He lectures widely on his research in North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.Yakubu has held visiting positions at Cornell University, North Carolina State University, the Ohio State University, and Botswana International University of Science and Technology.  He has served and continue to serve as a committee member of several professional mathematics organizations and national mathematics institutes. He was the Chair of the World Outreach Committee of the Society for Mathematical Biology from 2007-2016.

Academics

Academics

Dynamical Systems and Mathematical Biology

Differential Equations

Calculus for Honors Students

Difference Equations with Applications to Mathematical Models in Biology

Research

Research

Specialty

My research focus is in mathematical applications to the biological sciences with global applications that include the prevention and control of the spread of infectious diseases, and the sustainability of exploited fisheries.

Funding

1. National Science Foundation2. Department of Homeland Security3. Mathematical Bioscience Institute of the Ohio State University4. North East Fisheries Science Center, Department of Commerce

Group Information

1. Pauline van den Driessche2. Yeona Kang3. Eric Che Ngang4. Moussa Doumbia