She Born in Liverpool, Great Britain, she enrolled at Ijeru Baptist Day School, Ogbomoso, Nigeria following her return to the country. She had her secondary education at Baptist High School, Shaki. Thereafter, she was admitted to the Oyo State College of Arts and Science, Ile- Ife where she did the Higher School Certificate programme. She then proceeded to the then University of Ife, Ile- Ife in 1980 to study Microbiology where she graduated with honours in the second class upper division in 1984, leading her set. Following the mandatory one-year National Service, she embarked on her Master’s programme in the same University in 1985. She was awarded a post graduate fellowship by the same institution in 1986. She completed the Master’s programme in 1987.
Upon completion of the Master’s programme, she started her teaching career as an Assistant Lecturer at the then Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti in the same year. She was promoted to Lecturer II cadre in 1991 and in 1995, she transferred her services from that institution to The Federal University of Technology, Akure where she rose through the ranks to become a Professor on 1st October, 2008.
She is a member of many professional bodies including the Nigerian Society for Microbiology (Membership No. AO46), National Association of Women Academics (NAWACS), Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology (NISEB), American Society for Microbiology, Washington (Membership No. 56334238), Organization for Women in Science for Developing World (OWSD) (ID No. 3714) Trieste, Italy and New York Academy of Sciences, USA. She is a Fellow of Africa Scientific Network, USA.
Prof. Adebolu has to her credit, about 100 peer reviewed scientific papers published in both local and international journals. Furthermore, she has participated in many local and international conferences across the globe (China, USA, Kenya, Ghana). She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Research in Science and Management of the School of Sciences, FUTA between year 2010 and 2012. She serves as article reviewer for many local and international journals and as a resource person to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Ondo State Regional Laboratory. She has successfully supervised more than 40 graduate students, at both Masters’ and PhD levels and is still supervising quite a lot of them. She collaborates with colleagues in her field, conducting research on how to alleviate health problems caused by microorganisms in man. Presently, she is working on the potentials of some local foods in treating infantile diarrhoea, the number two killer disease of children under five years in many developing countries.
- Adebolu has served on and still serving on many statutory and ad hoc committees in the University. She was the Departmental coordinator, Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) (1995-1999); Departmental coordinator, Microbiology/Virology option, Institute of Science Laboratory Technology Programme (ISLT) (1998-2002); Departmental coordinator, Graduate studies, Microbiology option (1997-1999); Departmental coordinator, Graduate Studies, Microbiology Department (2002-2004), Acting Head of Department of Microbiology (2007 -2009) and Head of Department between 2012 and 2015.
Prof Adebolu is happily married to a dynamic minister of God, Rev. Sunday Akanbi Adebolu- Ololade, National Coordinator, Vision International Training and Education Network -VITEN, Ramona, California, USA and they are blessed with four children.