Anifat Olayemi Bello

PhD Student


Anifat Olayemi Bello was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. She obtained BSc and MSc Degrees in Botany from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 2004 and 2012 respectively. She has worked on the morphology, anatomy and taxonomy of members of the families Sterculiaceae and Solanaceae. Results from her research works have been published in scientific peer-reviewed journals and presented at both national and international conferences. She is currently studying for a PhD Degree at the African Centre for DNA Barcoding, Department of Botany & Plant Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, under the supervision of Prof Michelle van der Bank. Her current research interests include molecular phylogeny, biogeography, morphology, anatomy and taxonomy of Southern African Pteronia (Asteraceae).

Results from her PhD research have been presented at several conferences and symposia. In 2016, she was the recipient of the “Best PhD Oral Presentation” prize at the 12th Bi-Annual Conference of the Southern African Society for Systematic Biology (SASSB), which was held jointly with the 42nd Annual Conference of the South African Association of Botanist (SAAB), at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa from 10th – 13th January, 2016.

Key Achievements

  • Research Award – Best PhD Oral Presentation (SAAB/SASSB Conference – University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 10th – 13th January, 2016)
  • 2016 PhD (in view) – My research work focuses on molecular phylogeny, biogeography and taxonomy of Southern African Pteronia (Asteraceae) using molecular (DNA sequences), morphological and anatomical data.
  • 2016 Taxonomic revision of the Pteronia camphorata group has been submitted for publication.
  •  2012 MSc Degree – Numerical taxonomic method was successfully employed to resolve some conflicting taxonomic issues in the genus Solanum (Solanaceae). The results of the study have been published in scientific peer reviewed Journal.
  • 2004 BSc (Hons) degree – Distinguishing features such as stomata index, stomata type, guard cell area, venation pattern, crystal type and trichome were successfully used in the delimitation of species of Sterculiaceae.


Plant Molecular Systematics
Plant Taxonomy

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