Dr. Omowunmi “Wunmi” Sadik serves as Professor of Chemistry and (inaugural/founding) Director of the Center for Research in Advanced sensing Technologies and Environmental Sustainability (CREATES) at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton), where she has been a member of the faculty since (August) 1996. She is also the President and Co-Founder of the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) (www.susnano.org), a non-profit, international professional society dedicated to advancing sustainable nanotechnological solutions around the world through education, research, and the promotion of the responsible growth of nanotechnology. Sadik received her BS and MS in chemistry from the University of Lagos (Nigeria) and her PhD in chemistry from the University of Wollongong (Australia). She has held appointments at Harvard University, Cornell University and the Naval Research Laboratory. Professor Sadik is the author/co-author over 170 scientific publications, and she has given over 400 invited lectures and conference contributions across the world. Sadik holds five U.S. patents for her work on biosensors.
Her inventions are helping to drive changes in many areas such as the early diagnosis of cancer, genetic testing, pain management in hospital patients and environmental analysis. Her team has translated basic research in biosensors to design a portable, fully autonomous, and remotely operated sensing device, known as U-PAC. Sadik has received several honors and awards and is a fellow of several organizations. Sadik is the first person of Nigerian origin to receive the distinguished Harvard University Radcliffe Fellowship. She was chosen as one of 14 members of the 2017-2018 Jefferson Science Fellowship program. As a fellow, Sadik will spend a year as a senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State, providing information on scientific advancements to be used to make policy decisions. She is only the fourth woman and the first female scientist to be conferred with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award, Nigeria’s highest national honor for academicians. Out of the 35 plus PhD students that she has mentored to date, 15 of them have gone on to hold tenure-track faculty positions in the US and around the world. Sadik is recognized for her research innovation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omowunmi_Sadik) and sustainable nanotechnology.