Ronke Olabisi

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Ronke Olabisi
Ronke Mojoyinola Olabisi

(1976-06-26) June 26, 1976 (age 42)
EducationPh.D. in Biomedical Engineering
Master's in Aerospace Engineering
Master's in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Michigan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
AwardsNational Science Foundation CAREER Award[when?]
Scientific career
FieldsTissue engineering
Wound healing
Regenerative medicine[1]
InstitutionsRutgers University

Ronke Mojoyinola Olabisi (born 26 June 1976) is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University where she works on bone and human tissue.[1] She is working with Mae Jemison on 100 Year Starship, an interdisciplinary initiative that is exploring the possibility of human interstellar travel.

Early life and education[edit]

Olabisi is from Plainfield, New Jersey. She grew up wanting to be an astronaut.[2] Her mentor is Mae Jemison.[2][3] She studied aerospace engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She moved to the University of Michigan for her Masters research. She completed her doctoral work at University of Wisconsin–Madison.[4] She was awarded the National Science Foundation GSK-12 Award.[5]

Research and career[edit]

She was a postdoctoral researcher at Rice University and City of Hope National Medical Center.[5] Olabisi investigated how mother-of-pearl (nacre) gets its natural strength and resilience with the hope to recreate it synthetically.[6] She patterned hydrogels with DMP1.[6]

Today Olabisi is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University.[7] Her research looks to make wounds heal faster using cell therapy.[8][9] Her work could revolutionise the recovery time of people who require public surgery.[8] By combining hydrogels with the proteins, she can speed up cellular repair. She has developed patents that look to grow bone using bone morphogenetic proteins.[10] She found that certain hydrogels can use the hormone insulin, which helps to heal diabetic wounds.[11] In 2018 she became a National Science Foundation CAREER Award grant holder, exploring chronic wounds.[12] She is working on mesenchymal stem cell and insulin producing cell.[12]

She has studied the way that the body falls in space.[13] She wants to identify mechanisms that protect astronauts from the lower gravity, by engineering tissue to make it last longer.[14]

Public engagement[edit]

Olabisi works with Mae Jemison on the grant project 100 Year Starship, an interdisciplinary initiative that is exploring the interstellar travel.[15] She presented the program at the European Parliament.[16] In 2016 she featured in a Vanity Fair and IBM collaboration celebrating women in science.[15]


  1. ^ a b Ronke Olabisi publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "#WCWinSTEM: Ronke M. Olabisi, Ph.D. – VanguardSTEM Conversations". VanguardSTEM Conversations. 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  3. ^ "Mae Jemison and Olaronke Olabisi, 2016". MIT Black History. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  4. ^ "Ronke Olabisi, PhD – 2015 SYMPOSIUM". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  5. ^ a b "Speakers – CUWiP @ UCSD". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  6. ^ a b "Bone Formation through Biomineralization and Bioengineering (Postdoctoral Fellowship) - NSBRI". NSBRI. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  7. ^ "ESSENCE Network: Scientist Ronke Mojoyinola Olabisi Shares the Magic of the Human Body - Essence". Essence. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  8. ^ a b "Rutgers professor's research could revolutionize process of human healing | The Daily Targum". The Daily Targum. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  9. ^ "Professor aims to help the healing impaired". SmartBrief. 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  10. ^ "US Patent Application for METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR BONE FORMATION Patent Application (Application #20130017228 issued January 17, 2013) - Justia Patents Search". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  11. ^ "Scientists are using seashells to regrow bones". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  12. ^ a b "NSF Award Search: Award#1752079 - CAREER: Tissue Engineering Better Cell Therapies for Wound Healing". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  13. ^ Podcasts, SparkDialog (2017-06-30). "Your Body in Space — with guest Dr. Ronke Olabisi". SparkDialog Podcasts. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  14. ^ "One Doctor Exploring Wound Care on Earth and in Space". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  15. ^ a b "Hailing a New Constellation of STEM Stars". The Hive. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  16. ^ TauZeroFoundation (2013-03-29), 100YSS @ EU Parliament - Dr. Ronke Olabisi, retrieved 2018-09-07