Meet the DVC,RISP

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PROFESSOR OLANIKE KUDIRAT ADEYEMO, FCVSN, FAAS, FAS

Professor Olanike Adeyemo’s holistic approach to research in Aquatic and Wildlife Epidemiology, and Ecotoxicology has contributed significantly to the understanding of epidemiology of diseases at the environment-wildlife-human interface thereby linking domestic animal, wildlife, human and ecosystem health to other cross-cutting issues like epidemiology of transboundary environmental pollution, food-borne diseases, and globally emerging and re-emerging diseases.

Through extensive field and laboratory studies, she has published credible data establishing the effects of environmentally relevant concentrations of drugs, heavy metals and pesticides on aquatic ecosystem and in turn the health of other animals and humans. Her research work established lead contamination of Nigeria’s aquatic system thereby producing a reference database and geo-referenced maps. She has also reported increasing antibiotic resistance associated with livestock production in collaboration with other researchers. She has extended her research frontier to further foster interdisciplinary collaboration aimed at addressing the environmental heath basis of emerging zoonotic diseases. This includes research under her supervision which focused on the molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium ulcerans, one of the most important neglected tropical diseases (WHO, 2013).

She received the Society of Toxicology (SOT) award in 2006 for her contributions to an under-represented field in Africa. In 2011,she was appointed Epidemiological and Toxicological Expert on the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on food additives, contaminants, natural toxins, and residues of Veterinary drugs (2011-2015) and reappointed from 2016-2021. Appointed Consultant to Milieudefensie, the Netherlands on Oil Pollution in 2010. In 2014, she was an invited participant at the first Commonwealth Science Conference in over fifty years; which sought to showcase some of the best science from around the world. Her policy-targeted presentation was titled “Sustainable management of global public health threats from emerging infectious diseases requires a cohesive approach”. In 2015, the Policy Brief she submittedtowards the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Report and titled “towards sustainable tackling of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases”. The report was adjudged as one of the top ten most commented on article out of the187 submissions accepted.

Professor Olanike Adeyemo has 106 publications in learned journals and has obtained funding/awards towards research and professional development from MASHAV, Israel (2005), START/PACOM, USA (2006), USDA/USAID, USA (2006), USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service, USA (2008), NUFFIC Fellowship Grant, Netherlands (2009), IFS, Sweden (2010-2012) and Schlumberger Foundation, USA (2013-2015). She has research collaborations at the University of Ibadan, other Universities and research institutes in Nigeria, other parts of Africa, Malaysia, North America and Europe.

Professor Adeyemo is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science (2016), Fellow, African Academy of Sciences (2012), Fellow (2010) African Scientific Institute (California, USA) and listed in ASI’s 2011 edition of “Black Achievers in Science and Technology. She represented Nigeria on Eisenhower Fellowship in 2007, Fellow (2002) Leadership for Environment and Development, UK. She also holds the membership several other learned societies. She is listed in African Success: People Changing the Face of Africa; a database of successful African personalities. She was featured in “Women in Science - Inspiring Stories from Africa”: A publication of Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), which profiled thirty women who have excelled in various STEM careers from eighteen countries across Africa. She is happily married to Biodun, a pharmacist and they are blessed with 3 boys and a girl.

Olanike K. Adeyemo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships) is a Professor of Aquatic Epidemiology and Toxicology in the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan. She has a pioneering role as the first female in the field of Aquatic Veterinary Medicine in any Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Nigeria.