Prof Tebello Nyokong holds a DST/NRF professorship in Medicinal chemistry and Nanotechnology at Rhodes University in South Africa.  She is also Director of the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC)-Sensors also at Rhode University. She joined Rhodes University in 1992 after lecturing at the University of Lesotho for five years. She has been undertaking research on applications of phthalocyanines in healthcare: as photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer agents in combination with nanosized metal nanoparticles and quantum dots. She has successfully supervised 70 PhD/MSc students. She has published ~ 500 manuscripts (including patents, a book and book chapters).  Her H index is 49 (ISI) and she has been cited over 8000 times.

She has received many awards for her research including the following (just a selection):

2013: she received South African Chemical Institute (SACI) Gold Medal; she was awarded “A” rating and “Lifetime achievement” by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and a medal by The World Academy of the Science (TWAS) presented in Argentina

2012: Named by IT News Africa as one of the  top 10 most influential women in science and technology in Africa and was included in the National Center for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH), located in Burgos, Spain to be one of their “12 NAMES TO CHANGE THE WORLD”;

The same she received recognition by IT News Africa as one of the top ten most influential women in science and technology in Africa.