Professor Olanike Adeyemo is the Pioneer Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships) at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Since assuming office in 2017, she has made concerted efforts to reposition as well as build human capacity at the University of Ibadan; she is reputed for excellent leadership skills, creative thinking, high level of integrity, and ability to identify and nurture great talents. Since April, 2020, Professor Adeyemo also heads the Oyo State COVID-19 Decontamination and Containment Committee arm of the Oyo State COVID-19 Taskforce.
As a researcher, she pioneered scholarship and leadership in “One Health”, an innovative transdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms to create novel conceptual, methodological, and translational innovation at the environment-livestock-wildlife-human interface.
Her findings from studies on environmental pollution, food safety /anti-microbial resistance, and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases provides credible transdisciplinary research-backed evidence on the complex linkage between Environmental, Animal and Human Health with significant policy implication for Nigeria, the African Continent and indeed the rest of the world. She has attracted grants/awards towards research and professional development.
She makes contributions to national, regional and international development by offering services; for example, Professor Adeyemo was appointed an epidemiological and toxicological expert on the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on food additives, contaminants, natural toxins, and residues of Veterinary drugs (2011-2015, 2016-2021). She was invited to join the Expert Committee on Science Advise in Africa (2019) and the High-Level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy (2019), as well as the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (2022-2024).