Ya'u Adamu

International Affairs Director

My name is Ya'u Adamu, and I will be serving as the 2022-2023 International Affairs Director for the Graduate and Professional Student Government.

I am a Ph.D. student in Human Toxicology and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Human Toxicology & Exposomics Lab, University of Iowa College of Public Health. I graduated with a pharmacy degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, a master's degree in Clinical Pharmacology from UniSZA, Malaysia, and an MPH in Epidemiology from Texas A&M University College Station, Texas. 

I am a licensed pharmacist in Nigeria, where I worked at a 200-bed capacity pediatric hospital in Kano as a Pharmacist In-charge of the Pharmacy Department. In addition, I partnered with non-governmental organizations to promote public health in rural areas. Additionally, I'm a certified public health practitioner by the American National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

My current research involves the assessment of long-term exposure to environmental pollutants in biological samples collected from a cohort of mother-child dyads living in a minority community in East Chicago, Indiana. Additonally, we investigate how the body uptakes, distributes, enzymatically metabolizes, and gets rid of unwanted pollutants from the body using animal models to inform human/public health rsik assessment.

As the International Affairs Director, I look forward to advocating for international students' needs and concerns by collaborating with the university stakeholders. In addition, I aim to engage with relevant international issues and issues facing international graduate and professional students here at the University of Iowa.

When I am not in school or at the laboratory, I enjoy spending time with my wife, playing soccer sport, and exploring food and places around Iowa City, Coralville, and Cedar Rapids.