Prof. Maryam Aminu, a UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Fellow (2004) and a Senior Fulbright Scholar (2014/2015), was born in BZ 134 Kazaure Road, Kaduna Town of Kaduna State. She completed her primary (1974-1980) and secondary (1980-1985) education at LEA Lagos Street (former St. Gregory Primary School) and Government day Secondary School Tafawa Balewa Way, Anguwar Rimi, Kaduna respectively. She then proceeded to College of Advanced Studies, Zaria for her IJMB (1985-1988). She obtained her B.Sc. (1991), M.Sc. (2000) and Ph.D. (2006) degrees in Microbiology from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Nigeria. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (2002) from Federal College of Education, Zaria. She has since 1996 till present taught mainly Virology and Immunology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences (then Faculty of Science) ABU, Zaria. She was the Departmental Postgraduate Coordinator from June 2016 until January 2018 when she took over as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty in January 2018.
Prof. Aminu is a good researcher, trainer and an achiever who is a valuable member of the scientific community. She is involved in many research and surveys particularly on immunization and characterization of viruses and facilitated the baseline immunization coverage surveys in Kaduna State in 2001. Her research focuses on gastrointestinal viruses with special interest on rotaviruses. She has been a member of the African Rotavirus Network and a Rotavirus facilitator in Nigeria for over 16 years. Her research work provided epidemiological data on Rotaviruses in Nigeria; she detected and characterized the circulation genotypes of the rotaviruses in northerwestern Nigeria hence providing data used in producing the current rotavirus vaccines which has greatly reduced the incidence of rotaviral and all other causal diarrhoea worlwide. She also conducts research on Hepatitis virus, Human papillomaviruses and Human Immunodeficiency virus. She has attended 26 local and 30 international scientific meetings (conferences, symposia, workshops etc.) in over a dozen countries and some of which she facilitated and organized. Her academic qualities are evident through her scholarly publications in standard local and international journals and in the number of papers she has presented and read at scientific meetings. She has published 74 articles in peer reviewed journals and has read and presented 85 papers at national, regional and international meetings. She has eight conference proceedings, a book and a manual to her name. She has supervised and mentored eight (8) Ph.D. and 43 M.Sc. students who have completed their studies and currently has 39 postgraduate students (19 Ph.D and 20 M.Sc.) under her supervision who are at various stages of their studies.
She was the secretary of the STEP-B Diarrhoea Project team on “diarrhoeal agents and the nutritional status of children under five years in Nigeria” and a team member of the Committee that set up a disciplinary network on ‘Study of Diarrhoea’ for the ‘MacArthur support for the disciplinary centers of excellence’. She was also a member of the ABU Institutional Evaluation Committee for the Europe – Africa Quality Connect (2011-2012) and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of ABU (2013-2015). She is currently a member the School of Postgraduate Studies Board and the Senate of Ahmadu Bello University.
She was a Member of the Committee on the Review of 1983 and 2011 Regulations Governing the Condition of Appointment of Senior Staff of ABU, Zaria from Apr 2014 to Dec 2014. She has been an Honorary Member of Council of Science Association of Nigeria (SAN) since May 2014 to date and a representative of Faculty of Science on the Ahmadu Bello, University Ethical Committee Board on the use of Human and Animals for Research since April 2016-to date. She is the Assistant Secretary General, ABU Alumni Association (since August 2017), the current Financial Secretary of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria and the Vice President II of the Kaduna Chapter of US Exchange Alumni. Prof. Aminu was appointed as a member of the National Verification Committee on Elimination of Measles in March 2018 and has been a member of the Ahmadu Bello University Senate since April 2014.
Prof. Maryam Aminu has received some prizes, grants and award and has been recognized for her research works and leadership qualities as outlined below:
i. Prize for the ‘Best Student in Biology’ in 1985. Government Day Secondary School, Tafawa Balewa Way, Angwar Rimi, Kaduna.
ii. The UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Co-Sponsored Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences- 2004 Fellowship Award.
iii. First place in the category of ‘BEST POSTER PRESENTATION BY STAFF’ by the University of Limpopo – Medunsa Campus Pretoria, South Africa. Academy Day 2005 Conference. 17th -18th August 2005.
iv. Secretary of the team awarded grant for the STEP-B Diarrhoea Project on “diarrhoeal agents and the nutritional status of children under five years in Nigeria”. 2008.
v. Award of Senior Fulbright African Research Scholar Program grant conducted at CDC Atlanta, USA. 2014/2015.
i. First Place in the category of Best Poster Presentation by Aminu M, Bdliya MI and Ashafa AM. on the title ‘Sero-prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen among some secondary school students in Zaria, Nigeria’ at the 37th Nigerian Society for Microbiology National Conference/AGM, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. September 2nd – 5th, 2014.
ii. First Place in the category of Best Oral Presentation by Magaji Joseph Sheba, Aminu Maryam and Inabo I. Helen on the title ‘Prevalence of Human papilloma virus among women of in Kaduna State, Nigeria at the 39th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society of Microbiology, held at the University of Nigeria Nsuka, Nigeria. September, 2016.
iii. First Place in the category of Best Poster Presentation by Dagachi Ibrahim Rahma and Aminu Maryam on the title ‘Prevalence of Lymphatic Filariasis Caused by Wuchereria bancrofti among Febrile Patients in Kaduna State, Nigeria at the 40th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society of Microbiology, held at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria. 4th-8th December, 2017.
i. Arewa Elite Magazine Leadership Award-May 2017.
ii. Northern Nigerian Students Award of Certificate of Credence as an Icon of Scientific Transformation – 2nd August 2017.
iii. Moral Initiative of Nigeria Distinguish Leadership Certificate of Credence. An Ambassador of Morality Award- December 13 2017.
iv. College of Advanced Students Old Student Award of Excellence-February 10, 2018.
v. Northern Youth Vanguard Award of Leadership: An Icon of Hope – February 17, 2018.
Prof Maryam Aminu is a member of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (20198069), American Society for Virology, Nigerian Society of Microbiology and Nigerian Society for Environmental Health.
She is married with a son and her hobbies are reading, travelling and listening to rhythm and blues music.