Prof. Tebello Nyokong is a multi-award winning South African scientist currently positioned as the DST/NRF’S (Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation's) Professor of Medical Chemistry and Nanotechnology as well as being the director of the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC). She is currently based at Rhodes university, Grahamstown. She is also an adjunct professor of Chemistry at the University of Tromso in Norway. She has garnered recognition for her groundbreaking work on Cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Professor Nyokong specializes in the the development of phthalocyanine molecules of photodynamic therapy (PDT) as well as magnetic nanoparticles and quantum dots with regards to more efficient cancer treatment that involves photosensitization, imaging and hyperthermia. Furthermore, she has more about an interest in the use of nanostructured materials for development of sensors for medical purposes.
Professor Nyokong has achieved a multitude of awards. Some major ones include winning the SABC2 Shoprite/Checkers Women of the Year Award for Science in 2004. In 2005 she received a National Order bestowed by then President Thabo Mbeki. In 2009 she won the Africa-Arab State 2009 L'Oréal-Unesco Award for Women in Science in recognition of her research into alternative treatment of cancer. Recently, she was award an honourary Doctor of Philosophy degree from UNISA as well as a Doctor of Science degree from Walter Sisulu University. In 2010 she further received a Lifetime Achievement award and a place in the Lesotho Hall of Fame in the education department.