Farida Zakariya

2023 McCall MacBain Scholar

McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, MSc, Experimental Medicine

Ahmadu Bello University (BSc’22)

Kaduna, Nigeria

Farida is the specialty research team lead at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital. She recently graduated from Ahmadu Bello University as the top student in her faculty. Farida volunteers with a local charity foundation, counselling patients, and initiated a patient identification scheme for free services. Based on this experience, she started a group raising funds for health-related issues. Farida also tutored students in the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, led a group within a drug policy student society, and coordinated a cohort of 15 student union leaders interested in entrepreneurship. Through the latter, she helped advocate for a startup bill proposal to the Nigerian government. Farida will begin a master’s degree in experimental medicine at McGill.