About Bamidele

Bamidele’s Biography

Bamidele Farinre, a highly accomplished individual with HCPC registration, Chartered Scientist (CSci) status, and degrees in BSc and MSc, has garnered significant recognition for her outstanding contributions to the field of STEM. Her dedication and advocacy have earned her the distinction of being acknowledged as one of the leading advocates for STEM by Pathologist magazine in 2019. In addition, Bamidele was honoured with a special recognition award at the Women for Africa (W4A) awards in 2023, where she was recognized as an Inspirational Trailblazer.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Bamidele led the Mobile Processing Unit Vans project (MPUV) as Chief Biomedical Scientist (Scientific Lead) for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSE/UKHSA). She was also the Training and Development Lead (Covid-19 Mobile Processing Units (MPUs) at the London Medical Lab (LML). Responsible for the delivery of 14 validated MPU-Vs for rapid COVID response and for the training and development of biomedical scientists, associate practitioners, and medical lab assistants to perform and manage the analysis of COVID-19 swab samples using LAMP technology.

Bamidele has worked across different organisations in the healthcare sector including Viapath in the position of Operations Lead as part of the National Testing Programme requirements to implement local COVID-19 laboratories. She was instrumental in leading, designing, and implementing the June Almeida Lab based in the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo London. This was a collaborative project between Kings College London and Viapath Analytics LLP. Using her knowledge and skills in molecular virology she ensured that good laboratory processes and training were implemented throughout this project.

Bamidele is deputy chair of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Virology Specialist Advisory Panel group. This panel plays an important role in the work of the IBMS including the setting of the Congress Scientific programmes and updating the IBMS qualifications including the specialist diplomas. Bamidele is an HCPC Registration assessor, the IBMS Representative appointed to British Science Institution (BSI) committees, local school governor, WISE campaign role model for ‘My Skills My Life’, Inspiring the Future STEM ambassador, IBMS Mentor, Freedom to Speak Up ambassador, British Science Association (BSA) Crest award assessor, IBMS CPD officer and mentor. She’s also a Gotara senior STEM advisor, Gotara is a global career advice network for women in STEM+. The aim of this role is to close the gender gap in STEM+ by providing confidential 24×7 free nano-mentoring support/advice for all STEM+ professionals from across the globe.

She’s featured on many professional platforms and her commitment and contributions to her profession have been acknowledged. Some of her accomplishments included the winner of the Biomedical Scientist of the Year award, sponsored by the Institute of Biomedical Science in the UK Advancing Healthcare Awards 2022, and the overall winner! Winner of ‘WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards 2022! Science and Engineering category. In recognition of her leadership role, Bamidele was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the UK Academy of Healthcare Science (AHCS) in 2022.

She was also the Winner, the Champion of Biomedical Science Award 2019 for the IBMS London Region. Finalist in The Pathologist’s 2019 “Trailblazers” Power List, Finalist Women in IT Excellence Awards category: Role Model of the year 2019, Finalist for The Academy for Healthcare Science Award for Inspiring the healthcare science workforce of the future 2019. She’s authored several articles for the IBMS, the Pathologist Magazine and InspiringtheFuture. She has also been featured on interactive and educational podcasts to raise the profile of her profession. Some of her work was featured in the Tara Binns case study project with The WISE Campaign.

One of Bamidele’s notable contributions to mentorship is her advocacy for various charity organizations within the Tech profession. She has mentored and supported peer mentors as they transitioned from university to professional careers in the Tech field. Bamidele’s personal experiences as a black female STEM practitioner have driven her to overcome barriers and advocate for greater representation and opportunities for talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. As a certified scrum master mentor and project assessor, she guides students in career-focused training, utilizing the Scrum framework and Agile project management practices to structure their projects effectively.

Overall, Bamidele’s dedication as a supportive, knowledgeable, and trusted mentor has made a lasting impact on the personal and professional development of her mentees. Her multifaceted involvement in mentoring, advocacy, and leadership roles demonstrates her commitment to empowering others and fostering inclusivity within the STEM field.


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