Professor Bashiru Koroma is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Njala Campus. He has served as a Dean of Postgraduate Studies. Additionally, he has served as Dean and Head of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Community Health Sciences (2013-2016), Dean, School of Environmental Sciences from 2011-2013; Director of the Institute of Environmental Management and Quality Control (IEMQC), School of Environmental Sciences from 2007-2011.
He was also appointed Head of Chemistry Department in the School of Environmental Sciences from 2005-2011 and Acting Director of the Directorate of Planning Research and Development from 2007-2010. Professor Koroma received his PhD in Environmental Sciences (with Agro-Environmental Chemistry option) from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, P.R. China in 1998 and his M.Sc. in Agro-Environmental Protection in 1995 in the same University.
He has extensive experience working in international organizations including United Nation Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in the area of international development, environmental health, food security, food safety and quality management, water management, monitoring and evaluation and curriculum development in Public Health and Environmental Management. Professor Koroma’s fields of research and training include Water Resources Management, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Education, Environmental Health and Sanitation; Pollution Chemistry, Waste Management and Community Engagements in Zoonotic Diseases Studies. Professor Koroma is a very strong resource person for partnership building with institutions and organizations that are beneficial to both staff and students of Njala University. He is currently the Chairman Technical Committee for Food and Agricultural Produce Standards of the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau and Principal Research Fellow at Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI). He is also a Principal Consultant of the Environmental Protection Agency-Sierra Leone (EPA-SL). He was a member of the Sierra Leone Climate Change Delegation to Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol, and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention from 2003-2009.
He was also the project Principal Investigator for Leapfrog Technology demonstration of sequence-based pathogen identification in West Africa encompassing: resequencing pathogen microarray, polymerase chain reactions, FTA technology, DNA Sampling and archiving in partnership with Naval Research Laboratory Washington DC (USA) and Mercy Hospital (Bo) from 2006-2009. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the George Mason University, USA in 2008. He was also a Visiting Research Fellow - Graduate School of Bio-Agricultural Sciences Japan, Nagoya University, Japan under the Japan Foundation Fellowship (1999-2000); and Kitashyshu Institute of Environmental Research, Japan (1998-1999) respectively. He has certificates in Biomedical Course in the Responsible Conduct of Research Curriculum and Collaborative IRB Training on the Protection of Human Research Subjects from the Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI), University of Miami.
He was a Member of Njala University Court from 2005-2018. He is currently the Co-PI and Coordinator of a project involving a consortium of institutions including Njala University (Sierra Leone), Sonfonia University (Guinea), Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (Ghana), the Wageningen University, University of Amsterdam and the Royal Tropical Institute (the Netherlands) entitled “Preparedness against Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases in Sierra Leone and Guinea., and Lassa Fever Project under Dynamic Disease Driver for Africa Consortium where he was the Team Leader for “Vegetation and Land-use Changes and Lassa-Prone Areas (Kenema and Kailahun Districts) in Eastern Sierra Leone” from 2012-2015. He has produced 90 Publications: 2 books; 4 book chapters; 27 journal articles; 30 published conference proceedings; 4 poster presentations; 17 consultancy reports; 2 published research reports and 4 published abstracts.Professor Koroma has lived, worked and conducted research in P.R. China, Japan, USA, Cambodia, The Philippines, Ethiopia and Nigeria.