Abu Abdullah, MBBS, PhD, MPH
Research Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

PhD, University of Hong Kong
MPH, Guangxi Medical University

Abu Abdullah, MBBS (MD), MPH, PhD, FFPH, a global health expert, is a public health physician and behavioral scientist with expertise in epidemiological, behavioral and health services research. Trained as a family physician, Dr. Abdullah completed his doctorate in Community Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, where his thesis work focused on prevention and control of STD/AIDS in Hong Kong and China. He received an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with a focus on the epidemiology of cigarette smoking among youth. During his Public Health specialization training with the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom (UK), he worked on areas of tobacco dependency treatment/global tobacco control, health services and policy research, and travel and tropical medicine. During his post-doctoral attachment with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, he worked on the European Non-Aggregate AIDS data set to determine the trends in AIDS-defining cancers in Western Europe, and conducted a situation analysis on smoking cessation strategies in the developing world.

He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH) at the UK Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (FHKCCM) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy Medicine (FHKAM). Dr. Abdullah is also a Research Professor of Global Health, Duke University and Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University. He was a member of the editorial board (2000-2010) for the Journal of Travel Medicine, a leading journal in the field of travel and tropical medicine; and an Associate Editor (2015-todate) of the Tobacco Regulatory Science journal. Dr. Abdullah is trilingual in English, Mandarin Chinese and Bengali.

Dr. Abdullah's research interests include: (1) prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by addressing major NCD risk factors (i.e. tobacco use, poor diet and physical inactivity), changing health systems and improving adherence to treatment; (2) health services and policy research among the underserved in the United States and in LMICs; and (3) global health and development. His research also focuses on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and mobile health (mHealth) to promote global health research and training.

Dr. Abdullah has written several book chapters and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications covering several emerging aspects of public health. Periodically, he provides consultancy services on health improvement, global health research and public health policy initiatives to international organizations and governments agencies.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

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  1. Qin F, Liang B, Liang H, Abdullah AS, Huang H, Huang J, Zhou B, Ning C, Liao Y, Yang Y, Liu H, Yu J, Lai J, Wei W, Liu X, Jiang J, Ye L. High HIV prevalence, low awareness of and willingness to use HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among male migrant workers in Southwestern, China: a short report. AIDS Care. 2021 Feb 01; 1-7. PMID: 33525906
  2. Zhu H, Abdullah AS, He J, Xi J, Mao Y, Feng Y, Xiao Q, Zheng P. Untargeted Urinary Metabolomics and Children's Exposure to Secondhand Smoke: The Influence of Individual Differences. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Jan 15; 18(2). PMID: 33467557
  3. Liang X, Yang J, Abdullah AS, He Z, Yang L. The Evaluation of the Effect of ICT in HIV Prevention in the General Population in China Based on an Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skill Model. Biomed Res Int. 2020; 2020:8786467. PMID: 33178835
  4. Zhao D, Nickenig Vissoci JR, Mmbaga BT, Abdullah AS, Staton CA. Alcohol-Related Risky Behavior Patterns and Their Association With Alcohol Use and Perceived Alcohol Stigma in Moshi, Tanzania. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2020 09; 81(5):614-623. PMID: 33028474
  5. Xian J, Zeng M, Zhu R, Cai Z, Shi Z, Abdullah AS, Zhao Y. Design and implementation of an intelligent monitoring system for household added salt consumption in China based on a real-world study: a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2020 Apr 21; 21(1):349. PMID: 32317000
  6. Zhao D, Zuo Y, Urmi DS, Liu Y, Zheng P, Fan W, Abdullah AS. Perception of E-cigarette Use among Adult Users in China: A Mixed-method Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 04 16; 17(8). PMID: 32316185
  7. Chen X, Li H, Lucero-Prisno DE, Abdullah AS, Huang J, Laurence C, Liang X, Ma Z, Mao Z, Ren R, Wu S, Wang N, Wang P, Wang T, Yan H, Zou Y. What is global health? Key concepts and clarification of misperceptions: Report of the 2019 GHRP editorial meeting. Glob Health Res Policy. 2020; 5:14. PMID: 32289081
  8. Rao Q, Bai L, Lv Y, Abdullah AS, Brooks I, Xie Y, Zhao Y, Hou X. Goal-Framing and Temporal-Framing: Effects on the Acceptance of Childhood Simple Obesity Prevention Messages among Preschool Children's Caregivers in China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 01 26; 17(3). PMID: 31991873
  9. Liao W, Liu X, Yang Q, Liu H, Liang B, Jiang J, Huang J, Ning C, Zang N, Zhou B, Liao Y, Chen J, Tian L, Ho W, Abdullah AS, Kong L, Liang H, Chen H, Ye L. Deguelin inhibits HCV replication through suppressing cellular autophagy via down regulation of Beclin1 expression in human hepatoma cells. Antiviral Res. 2020 02; 174:104704. PMID: 31917237
  10. Huang C, Ye L, Abdullah AS, Liang B, Jiang J, Ning C, Zang N, Zhang Y, Yang Y, Hu X, Yang Q, Luo C, Lao F, Liu H, Liang H, Huang J. No Increase in HIV Drug Resistance Mutations among Injecting Drug Users on Methadone Maintenance Therapy: A Prospective Cohort Study. Curr HIV Res. 2020; 18(5):362-372. PMID: 32652910
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