omolola eniola-adefeso, phd

Professor, Chemical Engineering
Professor of Macromolecular Science & Engineering
Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Eniola-Adefeso is the director of the Cell Adhesion and Drug Delivery lab at the University of Michigan. She graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with a bachelor’s in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She completed her masters (2000) and doctoral degree (2004) in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She was postdoctoral associate at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in the Pediatrics/Leukocyte Biology Department.   

Dr. Eniola-Adefeso’s research interests focus on the interactions between blood leukocytes and the endothelial cells lining the blood vessel lumen during inflammation response with the central goal of using acquired knowledge to facilitate the design of novel vascular-targeted drug delivery vehicles. Dr. Eniola-Adefeso’s lab currently focuses on two major research thrust: (1) elucidation the mechanism of the receptor-ligand interactions critical for the adhesion and migration of immune cells and (2) hemodynamics and hemorheology-driven design of sophisticated leukocyte mimetics particulate carriers for targeting therapeutics to diseased vasculature.

Since her arrival at Michigan, has received several honors and awards including the NSF CAREER Award, American Heart Association Innovator Award, and the American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant. Her research is currently funded by an R01 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a grant from the National Science Foundation, and an industrial partnership with Banyan Biomarkers Inc.