Abiola is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine & Health Sciences. She obtained her PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK. She has a deep interest in understanding the genetic characterization of multidrug-resistant organisms. Her collaborative research work has contributed significantly to the understanding of antibiotic resistance epidemiology and determinants of dissemination in the Arabian Gulf region. She has also carried out research on the molecular pathogenesis of bacterial infection, probiotics, sexually transmitted infections and mechanisms of innate protection in malaria.
Her current research work is focused on the molecular epidemiology and mechanisms of dissemination of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and extended spectrum beta lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae. She is currently conducting molecular characterization of S. aureus isolates associated with nasal colonization in the clinical and community settings. Having lived and worked across four continents, Abiola is a global citizen who enjoys developing international collaborations. As an academic, she is very passionate about mentoring the next generation of doctors and scientists.