Prof. Maryam Aminu

UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Fellow and a Senior Fulbright Scholar born in Kaduna state Nigeria.

She obtained her B.Sc. degree in 1991 from the Department of Microbiology, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, followed by M.Sc., PGDE, and Ph.D. degrees in the same institution where she has since 1996 been a faculty member. She was the departmental Postgraduate Coordinator from June 2016 until January 2018 when she took over as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences in January 2018. She was appointed the Head of the Department of Microbiology in February 2020. 

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Prof. Aminu is involved in immunization surveys and characterization of viruses with the main focus on rotaviruses, human papillomaviruses, HIV, hepatitis viruses, and SARS-CoV-2. She has attended over 60 scientific meetings in over a dozen countries, where she has presented 89 papers. She has 99 peer-reviewed articles, 10 proceedings, 2 books, and a manual to her name. She has supervised and mentored 16 Ph.D. and 54 M.Sc. students and she is an external examiner to nine (9) other universities (including one in South Africa) at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. From November 2017 to December 2022, she has participated in the evaluation exercise of the Microbiology programme in 18 universities as a member of the ad-hoc Accreditation and Resource Verification Committee of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and has assessed 19 candidates to the professorial cadre. Prof. Aminu has received prizes for best presentations at meetings, and grants for some research works and has been given awards and recognized for her leadership qualities. 


Prof. Aminu is an Honorary Member of the Council of Science Association of Nigeria, a member of the African Rotavirus Network, African Initiative Group (AIG) Executive, African Virologists Network (AVN) Interim Committee, the National Verification Committee on Elimination of Measles, and a member of the ABU Senate (since April 2014). She is the Treasurer of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria and the Vice President II of the Kaduna Chapter of US Exchange Alumni. She is a member of the American Society for Virology, American Society of Microbiology, and Nigerian Society of Microbiology. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, she has sponsored Radio Jingles in English and local languages, written and given online sensitization and awareness talk on COVID-19. In Addition, she has donated face masks and hand sanitizers to secondary school children, media houses, and individuals in her immediate community. She was appointed the Secretary of the Project Management Committee to the African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development, and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA) in November 2021.


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