Dr. Sulaiman Sani Kankara is a botanist with special interest in the study of folkloric use and conservation of medicinal plants. His research findings confirmed the scientific basis for the folkloric use of many medicinal plants. He also established how cultural practices influence the biological properties of many medicinal plants. DrKankara unravelled the wound healing potentials of Acacia nilotica, a widely use herb for postpartum wound healing in northern Nigeria, by suppressing pro-inflamatory cytokines and oxidative stress. He is currently working on the ethnobotany and cytotoxicity studies of medicinal plants used for the management of various cancers in Katsina State.Dr Kankara currently teaches and supervises researches in Ethnobotany at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina.

Academic qualifications

Dr. Sulaiman acquired Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Botany from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. His passion on traditional herbal medicine lured him to study Ethnobotany in Universiti Putra Malaysia at doctorate level.

Recent publications

  1. Sulaiman Sani Kankara, Muskhazli Mustafa, Muhd Hafiz Ibrahim and Rusea Go (2015): Ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used for traditional maternal healthcare in Katsina State, Nigeria: South African Journal of Botany2015, 97: pp 165-175.
  2. Sulaiman Sani Kankara and Rusea Go (2017): Effect of herbal combination and natron addition on the antioxidant properties of Guiera senegalensis. ChemSearch Journal 8(2): pp 6 – 15
  3. Sulaiman Sani Kankara, Abdulazeez Bashir Isah, Abubakar Bello, Abdulhamid Ahmed and Umar Lawal (2018): Medicinal plants used for the management of hepatic ailments in Katsina State, Nigeria. Journal of Medicinal Plant Research 12(24), pp. 375-386.
  4. Sulaiman Sani Kankara, Muskhazli Mustafa, Muhd Hafiz Ibrahim, Dahiru Sani and Rusea Go (2017): Acacia nilotica pods’ water extract enhances wound healing in Sprague-Dawley rats by alleviating oxidative stress and suppressing pro-inflammatory cytokines. Nigerian Journal of Scientific Research 16(2): pp 202 – 210.
  5. Rufai, S., Hanafi, M.M., Rafii, M.Y., Mohidin, H., Kankara, S.S., Hussaini, M.A. and Syed Rastan, S.O (2018): Enhancing Moringa nutritive value for impoverished populations and healthy wellbeing through proper nutrient enrichment. International Food Research Journal 25(4): 1617-1626

Academic awards and fellowship

  1. PhD Scholarship to Universiti Putra Malaysia by Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
  2. Grant for the bioprospecting of Malaysian Medicinal plants by the Korea Research Institute for Bitechnology and Bioscience (KRIBB).
  3. Institution Based Research Grant by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

External research links

  1. Researchgate

  1. Googlescholar


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