Idris Mohammed is a Professor Emeritus of Infectious Disease and Immunology at Gombe State University, Gombe, Nigeria. He obtained the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1969, before proceeding to the United Kingdom for postgraduate professional and academic further degrees, becoming a member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (MRCPI) in 1975 (Fellow 1985). He also obtained the DTM&H of the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1975. He was appointed Research Fellow in Immunology and after three years of laboratory and clinical research at the UK MRC Laboratories in Taplow in Berkshire, as well as the London Hospital Medical College (Now The Royal London), he was awarded the Doctor of Medicine by the University of Ibadan in 1977. Upon his return to Nigeria in 1978 he was appointed chief medical officer, becoming permanent secretary in the ministry of health, Bauchi state in 1979. In 1980 he was appointed reader in medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, where he became a full professor of medicine in 1983. He moved to the University of Maiduguri in 1984 on the same post where he stayed for the next 20 years. Between 1985 and 1994 he served as chief medical director of the teaching hospital (UMTH).
Professor Emeritus Idris Mohammed’s main research activities centered around immune complex disease in the connective tissue disorders, meningococcal meningitis in Africa, HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis b infection and typhoid fever. Among others he was also chairman of the Board of management of the National Programmer on Immunization (NPI), and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. He retired from federal service in Nigeria, but returned to his native Gombe where he was at one time the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the governing council of the state university, and remains actively involved in teaching, research and clinical service as professor emeritus of infectious disease and immunology, and consultant physician at the federal teaching hospital.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science.