Dr Rashidat Oluwafunke Ayanniyi, a pharmacist and pharmacologist, is the acting dean of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN).
Born in Zaria, over four decades ago, Ayanniyi is an indigene of lfelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. She was educated at Command Secondary School, Jos; and later, University of Jos, where she bagged both her B. Pharm (Hons) and M.Sc. in Pharmacology respectively.
In 2015, Ayanniyi obtained a PhD in Pharmacology at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. That same year, she bagged a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) at University of Ilorin, Kwara State.
Ayanniyi was a Grade 1 Pharmacist at Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State. Within four years (2001-2004) she had risen to the post of senior pharmacist. In 2006, she was offered an appointment as graduate assistant at the department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin.
Since the official confirmation of her appointment in 2008, the erudite scholar has not looked back from the academia. Expectedly, she has rapidly risen through the ranks, from assistant lecturer to her current post of acting dean of the faculty.
In addition to her academic engagements, Ayanniyi is chairman, Faculty Library Committee; faculty representative at Postgraduate School; faculty representative in the Business Committee of the Senate; member, Faculty Ethical Review Committee; member, PharmD curriculum review committee (2017); research manager, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as circulation editor, Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Development and Practice.
Ayanniyi is a member, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET); Science Association of Nigeria (SAN); West African Society of Pharmacology (WASP) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).