Olufunmilayo Olopade

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Olufunmilayo Olopade
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Born Nigeria
Nationality America
Alma mater University of Ibadan
Medical career
Field hematology
Institutions University of Chicago
Specialism oncologist
Research BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes
Notable prizes MacArthur Fellows Program

Olufunmilayo I. Olopade (born 1957 Nigeria) is an 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 MD, in 1980.

She 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.[3][4] She a member of the American Association for Cancer Research,[5] the American College of Physicians, and the Nigerian Medical Association and works closely with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.[6]

She is a member of the Institute of Medicine.[7][8]



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. ^ "Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade Receives ASCO ACS Award for Pioneering Research in Breast Cancer Genetics". American Society of Clinical Oncology. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Scudellari, Megan (August 1, 2013). "Cancer Knows No Borders". The Scientist. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Olufunmilayo I. Olopade". AACR. American Association for Cancer Research. 2001. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, FACP :: Profile". The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Retrieved July 26, 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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