Dr Zubairu Umar Darma


Environmental Microbiologist from the department of Microbiology, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Katsina, specialized in Bioremediation with emphasis on Biodegradation of hazardous chemicals. He formulates fast and effective degrading consortium of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) which helps to overcome the slow degradation limitation of PAHs bio-removal.

Area of Research Interest

Biodegradation of hazardous chemicals and Biomining of low grade metal ores

Academic Qualification

PhD Microbiology from Universiti Putra Malaysia (2017); M.Sc. Environmental Microbiology from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria (2014); B.Sc. Microbiology from Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria (2007).




Recent Publications

  1. Effective phenanthrene and pyrene biodegradation using Enterobacter sp. MM087 (KT933254) isolated from used engine oil contaminated soil. Egyptian Journal of Petroleum. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1110062117300867
  2. Rapid biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) using effective Cronobacter sakazakii MM045 (KT933253). MethodsX, 4, 104-117. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5333512/
  3. Identification of Phenanthrene and Pyrene degrading Bacteria from used Engine Oil contaminated Soil. International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research, 7(3): 680-686. https://www.ijser.org/researchpaper/Identification-of-Phenanthrene-and-Pyrene-degrading-Bacteria-from-used-Engine-Oil-contaminated-Soil.pdf
  4. Study of Root-Knot problems in Ajiwa Dam Area, Katsina State Nigeria. International Journal of Environment, 4(1), 204-209. https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/IJE/article/view/12189
  5. Study of growth performance of chickpea in Agricultural Soil, Katsina, Nigeria. Journal of Functional & Environmental Botany, 4(2)96-99. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d2gmsTYAAAAJ&hl=en
  6. Effect of acid rain on growth of papaya (Carica papaya) and castor (Ricinus communis) plants. e-Journal of Science and Technology. 10(1)9, 43-47. http://hypatia.teiath.gr/xmlui/handle/11400/6233.
  7. Comparative analysis of Pneumosiderosis among different metal workers in Malumfashi, Katsina, Nigeria. International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research, 5(6): 1429-1436. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d2gmsTYAAAAJ&hl=en
  8. Bacteriological analysis of Date palm fruits sold in Katsina metropolis. International Journal of Environment, 3(2), 293-296. https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/IJE/article/view/10517
  9. Assessment of potential health impacts on surface water sources in Northern Nigeria. International Journal of Environment, 3(2), 152-163. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d2gmsTYAAAAJ&hl=en
  10. Study on Bacteriological quality of Kunun-aya (Tiger-nut Juice) sold at Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Campus, Katsina State, Nigeria. International Journal of Environment, 3(2), 108-118. https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/IJE/article/view/10518
  11. Seasonal comparison of physicochemical parameters of tomas dam, Makoda, Kano, Nigeria. Biological & Environmental Sciences Journal for the Tropics, 10(3), 194-198. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d2gmsTYAAAAJ&hl=en
  12. Microbiological and Physicochemical properties of Soil contaminated with Abattoir Wastewaters: A case study of Sokoto Central Abattoir. Biological & Environmental Sciences Journal for the Tropics, 10(3), 41-44. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d2gmsTYAAAAJ&hl=en
  13. Microbial and Physico-chemical characteristics of tannery effluents from Unguwar Rogo local tannery, Sokoto, Nigeria; Biological & Environmental Sciences Journal for the Tropics, 10(1), 50-54. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d2gmsTYAAAAJ&hl=en


  1. Nigerian Society for Microbiology (Full Member)
  2. UK Society for General Microbiology (International Associate Member)
  3. Nigerian Institute of Management (Graduate Member)

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