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Abdullahi Tsanni

GPSW Class of 2023

Abdullahi Tsanni

Artificial intelligence, biotechnology, climate change and environment, life sciences, public health

Abdullahi Tsanni is a journalist who reports on science, health, agriculture, and the scientific enterprise in sub-Saharan Africa. His bylines can be found in Nature, The British Medical Journal (BMJ), Popular Science, African Newspage, and Nigeria Health Watch, among other publications.

He holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, and was an Early-Career Science Journalism Fellow at The Open Notebook in 2021. Abdullahi is a founding member of the African Science Literacy Network, a nonprofit organization that prepares scientists and journalists to effectively communicate science with policymakers and the public. In 2019, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology Nigeria for his story, “GMO Debate Affects Public Sentiment in Nigeria,” published by the Cornell University Alliance for Science. 

While at MIT, Abdullahi plans to deepen his science journalism skills to continue telling African science stories to the world.

Recent Publications Include: