Professor Stephanie Burton is the Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education at the University of Pretoria, appointed in 2011. She holds an MSc in Organic Chemistry (1990) and a PhD in Biochemistry (1994) from Rhodes University. Professor Burton’s 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 current appointment. Her research interests are in applied biochemistry and biotechnology, and she has held an NRF B rating. She has published widely and supervised a large number of postgraduate students.
Professor Burton is the member of the University of Pretoria Executive responsible for the implementation of the University’s new Future Africa initiative. She has a passion for developing inter-and trans-disciplinary research, especially that focussing on sustainability. She maintains a strong interest in research capacity development and postgraduate training, and she serves on several national bodies related to doctoral training. She is the President and a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and a member of the Council of Academy of Science of South Africa.