Adebola Omowunmi Oyedeji holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is currently a Professor at Walter Sisulu University, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, NMD Campus, Eastern Cape, South Africa. She teaches organic chemistry at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and led a vibrant natural product research group with over 10 M and D students. Her work hinges on natural products chemistry with special interest in finding the medicinal values of terpenoids class of compounds in medicinal plants.
Most of her work has been on inaugurating the link between chemistry and the ethnomedicinal claim of the plant being used in traditional medicine and cosmetic. She has been able to establish the connexion between types of terpenoids in plants to their uses in traditional medicine. She has isolates several compounds, some of which were further derivatized and evaluated for their potency as anticancer (breast cancer), anti-inflammatory, anti-gonorrhoea, antibacterial to mention a few. She continues to study the South African essential oil bearing plants in order to establish the various chemotypes for commercialization.
She has built a multidiscdinplinary research team of physiologist, medical microbiologist, clinicians, agriceconomist, pharmacist, biochemist and marine biologist. She has been involved with numerous multidisciplinary collaboration within and outside Africa, which has produced Masters and PhD graduated in diverse field that meets work place demand and society needs. She is a C3 NRF rated scientist and has over 110 SAPSE published articles and has successfully supervised 4PhDs, 6MSc and over 10Hons students in the last 4 years.
Prof Oyedeji is a recipient of some awards such as
- DAAD for doctoral student exchange (1997)
- TWAS Postdoctoral fellowship award (2003)
- NRF South Africa Postdoctoral award (2003-2004)
- University of Zululand Research Roll of Honor (2008)
- National Research Foundation Rated Scientist (2010-2015 and 2016-2012)
- WSU Established Female Researcher (2017)
- WSU Vice Chancellorís Excellence in Research (2017)
- WSU Vice Chancellorís Excellence Award in Community Engagement based on my professional /discipline based service, international partnerships and engagement through research and scholarship (2019)
- WSU Vice Chancellorís Excellence Award in International research partnership (2019)
- WSU Vice Chancellorís Excellence Award on Innovation (2019)
She has successfully mentored several colleagues towards NRF rating applications, Thuthuka, IKS and student freestanding grant proposal applications. She is a member of Chemical Society of Nigeria and a Professional Natural Scientists of South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions, Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS), Indigenous Plant Use Forum, South Africa, South African Chemical Institution (SACI) and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
She is also an affiliated member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).