Olufunmilayo Olopade

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Olufunmilayo Olopade
Alma materUniversity of Ibadan
Medical career
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
ResearchBRCA1 and BRCA2 genes
AwardsMacArthur Fellows Program

Olufunmilayo I. Olopade (born 1957 Nigeria) is a hematology oncologist, Associate Dean for Global Health and Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor in Medicine and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago.[1][2] She also serves as director of the University of Chicago Hospital's Cancer Risk Clinic.


She graduated from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with a MBBS, in 1980.

She works closely with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation[3] and has performed extensive clinical work surrounding the role of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in the incidence of breast cancer in women of African descent.[4][5]

She is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research,[6] the American College of Physicians, the Nigerian Medical Association, and the Institute of Medicine.[7][8]


Four Freedoms Award, 2015

  • Villanova University Mendel Medal (2017)


She married Christopher Sola Olopade, also a physician at the University of Chicago, in 1983; they have two daughters, and one son.[10]


  1. ^ "Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP". The University of Chicago Medicine. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "Olufunmilayo Olopade, Ph.D. Research & Selected Publications". The University of Chicago Biological Sciences; Department of Human Genetics. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, FACP :: Profile". The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade Receives ASCO ACS Award for Pioneering Research in Breast Cancer Genetics". American Society of Clinical Oncology. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Scudellari, Megan (August 1, 2013). "Cancer Knows No Borders". The Scientist. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Olufunmilayo I. Olopade". AACR. American Association for Cancer Research. 2001. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Directory: IOM Member - Olufunmilayo F. Olopade, M.D., FACP, OON". Institute of Medicine. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  8. ^ Easton, John (2 March 2011). "President Obama names Olopade to National Cancer Advisory Board". The University of Chicago News. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  9. ^ "MacArthur Fellows Program:Olufunmilayo Olopade". MacArthur foundation. September 1, 2005. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  10. ^ "Olufunmilayo Olopade:Physician, oncologist and geneticist". Encyclopedia of World Biography. Retrieved July 27, 2013.

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