Adebola Olayinka is a Clinical Microbiologist and an expert in the management of infectious hazards. She currently works with the World Health Organisation as a research officer and the Infection prevention and control focal point. In addition, she supports the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to coordinate research on Lassa fever in Nigeria.
In the Nigeria COVID-19 Research Consortium she leads the IPC group of the Consortium. She had earlier served as a consultant and Senior Technical Adviser on Laboratory matters to the DG NCDC and helped set up the national Reference Laboratory for NCDC to provide laboratory support for disease surveillance and outbreak management.
She has been Principal investigator of grants and attained a Professor of Medical Microbiology at the Ahmadu Bello University. She has been engaged in various clinical and public health research activities especially on various aspects of antimicrobial resistance and control of infectious diseases. She participated in the Situation analysis on antimicrobial resistance and was one of the coordinators who put together the National antimicrobial resistance plan for Nigeria.
She has been a member of various technical working groups on public health issues within the country such as the National Steering Infection Prevention & Committee, National Antimicrobial resistance TWG, National Sexually Transmitted Infections TWG, the National HIV/AIDS Impact Survey Technical committee and been chair of various subcommittees. She is well published.