Professor Stephanie Burton is the Vice-Principal responsible for research, postgraduate education, and international partnerships at the University of Pretoria. She holds an MSc in Organic Chemistry (1990) and a PhD in Biochemistry (1994) from Rhodes University.
Professor Burton has lectured in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at Rhodes University, and then Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. In 2009, she was appointed Director of Postgraduate Studies, and leader of the Biocatalysis and Technical Biology Group, at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Her continuing research interests are in the field of applied biochemistry and biotechnology, and her field of specialization is biocatalysis – the production of valuable compounds such as antioxidants using biological reaction systems. She is an NRF B-rated researcher, and has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals and books, and holds several patents. She has supervised over 30 postgraduate students and is on the Editorial Board of three international journals in her field.