Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria
Adebola Olayinka currently coordinates Lassa fever research for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (CDC) engaged by World Health Organization. She is an expert in infectious hazards management, a Professor of Medical Microbiology. She has been consultant & senior technical advisor to the Nigeria-CDC on strengthening laboratory support for surveillance and outbreak management. She worked with the African Field Epidemiology Network a Resident Advisor (Lab) to the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training programme. She trained in medicine at University of Ilorin, had her Masters in public health at Ahmadu Bello University before specialising in clinical microbiology. She has been engaged in clinical research activities on antimicrobial resistance, highly pathogenic infectious diseases, and infection control. She is Principal Investigator of within the country and region and provides mentorship and leadership in various strategic committees. In the course of her career, she served as Laboratory Director to a Harvard/PEPFAR supported HIV Laboratory in Nigeria She has also volunteered in outbreak response activities, such as the West African Ebola response consulting in Sierra Leone and in 2014 coordinated the case management pillar of Nigeria’s Ebola Emergency Operations Centre. And recently she has supported countries in West Africa in their response to the COVID pandemic.