Mr. Stephen Opeyemi Aderinto
Stephen is a budding chemist developing molecular sensors, DNA probes and imaging agents, and has an ongoing career in cancer R&D. He displays an international outlook on science and his academic career odyssey has been a story of three continents and their nations: Africa (Nigeria), Asia (China), and Europe (the United Kingdom). In 2011, he took his bachelor’s degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology where he graduated with First-class Honours. In 2014, he was awarded a scholarship by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to pursue a postgraduate master’s study in Applied Chemistry at Lanzhou Jiaotong University. In 2018, he took up a doctoral position in Bioinorganic Chemistry at the University of Sheffield where he is working on a multidisciplinary project involving self-assembled systems that interact with biomolecules. He is a recipient of several awards, the most recent being the IUPAC Young Observer award by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) which enabled him to participate in the IUPAC centenary event in Paris (2019). He currently sits on the Executive Board of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) as the Governance Team leader. He is a visionary and revolutionary person with a mindset inclined toward change. He has a strong interest to see to the redefinition of science in Africa – a fiery passion to which he remains forever committed.