Prof. Fawole obtained a first degree in Microbiology from the University of Ilorin in 1982 and proceeded to the University of Ibadan for masters and doctorate degrees in Microbiology in 1985 &1990, respectively.
Prof. Fawole started her career as Senior Research Officer with Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute from 1990-1991, moved to Ladoke Akintola University as a Lecturer II in 1991 and later to the University of Ilorin in 1992. She rose from Lecturer II through Lecturer I & Senior Lecturer, to become a Reader in the Department of Agronomy in 2014. She was pronounced a full Professor of Agricultural Microbiology in October, 2017. She teaches Soil Microbiology, Microbial Biotechnology and Seed Pathology courses in the Faculty of Agriculture.
She has served the Department, Faculty and University in several capacities over the years. She was sub-dean, Faculty of Agric. (2006-2010); Assistant Director Center for International Education (CIE) (2012-2015) and Ag. HOD Agronomy Department (2015-2017). She has also offered community service on many platforms. She was President UNILORIN Pacesetter’s cooperatives from 2010-2012 and a member, Ekiti State Economic Development Council, 2007-2010; 2013-2014.
Prof. Oluyemisi Fawole won the prestigious African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellowship in 2015 and attended AWARD Mentoring Workshop, Leadership training and Scientific writing workshop abroad. She also won a competitive Advanced Science Training package of AWARD which was utilized in the Laboratory of Bayer Crop Science, Morrisville, North Carolina, USA in 2017. She is a lead scientist of a 2015 Institutionally Based (IBR)TetFund grant and co- scientist of two other IBR Tetfund grants in 2014 and 2015.
Prof. Fawole is a member of many professional bodies, some of which are; Soil Science Society of Nigeria, Nigerian Society of Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology and International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO).
Her research activities have been in the field Agricultural Microbiology, focused largely on the use of microbial inoculants for sustainable Agriculture. She is currently evaluating soil fungi for use as bio-herbicides and native P solubilizing soil fungi and nitrogen fixing bacteria for use as bio-fertilizers.