In a ceremony held in Gaborone, Botswana, Dr Assan Jaye was one of 38 international Scientist honoured and recognised by the Academy of Sciences (AAS) as a Fellow in July 2016. The AAS is a pan-African organisation headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, which aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science technology and innovation. With the approval of the Governing Council, in October 2015, Dr Jaye was elected as a Fellow for excelling in the field of medical research and outstanding contribution to the advancement of sciences in Africa.
Over the last 32 years to date, the AAS has recognised 330 AAS Fellows and Associate and Honorary Fellows who are proven science, technology and innovation leaders, policy advisors and thinkers most of whom live and work throughout the continent. The 38 scientists include five Associate Fellows and 33 Fellows from different countries in Africa and across the globe. Their research fields’ span include biosciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, mathematics, biosciences and humanities and social sciences.
About Dr Assan Jaye
Dr Assan Jaye graduated as a Veterinarian in 1988 from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. Following his PhD at Brunel University (1989-1993), Assan joined the MRC Unit The Gambia in 1993 as a Rockefeller early post-doc research trainee. In 1998, Assan was appointed as an International Senior Scientist and group leader for HIV Immunology in the then Viral Diseases Program, which he later led as interim head in 2008.
Assan received an International Leadership award in 2007 from Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation. He was the Coordinator of the MRCG Higher Degrees Program from 2004-2010, that creates opportunities for young researchers to pursue postgraduate research studies under the MRCG Research Career Development Support. Since January 2011, Assan has been seconded to the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Dakar, Senegal, to head a West African Research Collaboration Network. Due to his passion for capacity development, in March 2016, Dr Assan Jaye was appointed as the Senior Manager, Research Training and Career Development.