Professor, Future Africa, University of Pretoria
Professor Stephanie Burton is Professor at Future Africa and Professor in Biochemistry, at the University of Pretoria (UP). From 2011 to March 2020, she was the Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education at the University of Pretoria. Professor Burton is the President and a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa (RSSA), a member of the Council of Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), a Research Fellow for Universities South Africa (USAf), and she is the Chairperson of the Future Earth Regional Office for Southern Africa (FEROSA). Professor Burton plays a key role in the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa initiative and is currently leading an interdisciplinary research programme titled Health, People and Place. She has a passion for developing inter-and trans-disciplinary research, especially that focussing on sustainability. She has a strong interest in research capacity development and postgraduate training, and she serves on several national bodies related to doctoral training. She is recognised for her leadership in managing research strategy and performance, innovation and commercialisation activities, open science and science communication initiatives and internationalisation programmes. Professor Burton holds an MSc in Organic Chemistry (1990) and a PhD in Biochemistry (1994) from Rhodes University. Her academic career started in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at Rhodes University, and then as Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. She served as Director of Postgraduate Studies and Director of the Biocatalysis and Technical Biology Group at Cape Peninsula University of Technology before her UP appointment. Her research interests are in sustainaility, applied biochemistry and biotechnology, and has published widely and supervised numerous postgraduate students.