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Professor Chinedum Peace Babalola is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Pharmacokinetics and Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University Abeokuta and a past Dean, of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan. Her research focuses on pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD), pharmacogenetics, clinical trials/bioethics, quality assurance and drug development.

She has received over 25 grants, awards and fellowships including a MacArthur grant (approx. $1m) to set up the Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP) at the University of Ibadan with patent registration-ready medical products. She is on the Advisory Committee for Rethinking Malaria at Harvard University School of Public Health USA, an Expert Community member for the breaking the chain of infection’ initiative, Reckitt-Benckiser UK, Executive Board member, of the Committee of Vice Chancellors Association of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) and a Jury Member for selection of Kwame Nkrumah African Science Prize Awards by African Union (AU) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Prof Babalola has recorded many firsts and awards including being the first pharmacist inducted Fellow of the Academy of Science- (FAS), and the first female Nigerian inducted Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS). She was selected twice (2016 & 2018) as one of the 10 most influential female scientists in Nigeria and one of the 100 leading Women in Science in Africa (2021). With over 100 scientific publications and supervision of over 50 postgraduate students, Babalola has received several prizes and awards including the prestigious African Union Kwame Nkrumah Regional Prize for Scientific Excellence in 2019/2020, thus making her an African Union (AU) Laureate.

She obtained B.Pharm, MSc. and PhD. degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and obtained PG Diploma in Industrial Advanced Pharmacy (IPAT) jointly from Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy Tanzania & Purdue University & Howard University, USA as well as Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from University of Benin, Nigeria.