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Dr. Abba Zubair

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
The Mayo Clinic


Dr. Zubair currently is the Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy at Mayo Clinic Florida. His Division includes a Blood Bank that supports one of the largest liver transplant programs in the world, a state-of-the-art Clinical Apheresis Unit and a FDA registered cGMP Stem Cell Therapy Laboratory. Dr. Zubair a certified international inspector of bone marrow transplant centers and blood banks for the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) He is currently a consultant in Transfusion Medicine and professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Zubair is also the associate Dean, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Dr. Zubair did his clinical residency at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania in Clinical Pathology and a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at the Harvard Medical Center, Boston USA. He obtained a master’s degree in clinical trials and principles of drug development at Harvard University. After his training he joined the Transfusion Medicine staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a Clinical Instructor. Dr. Zubair was educated at ABU Medical School, Zaria Nigeria. I studied homing and trafficking of human lymphoma cells at Sheffield University Cancer Institute, England and obtained a PhD degree in Cancer Immunobiology in 1995.

Dr. Zubair authored and co-authored several scientific articles and book chapters. His research interest is in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He conducts both NIH and industry-sponsored basic science and clinical studies on stem cells. His stem cell project is one of the few in the United States selected by CASIS and NASA to be conducted at the International Space Station. In February 2017, Dr. Zubair’s stem cell projection was flown to the ISS and the stem cells have since returned to his lab. Just recently his grant proposal was selected by NASA and this will allow him to continue his space research for additional 3 years.


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