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Lola Eniola-Adefeso
Alma mater University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Pennsylvania
Scientific career
Institutions University of Michigan
Baylor College of Medicine

Omolola (Lola) Eniola-Adefeso is a Professor of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her research looks to design biocompatible functional particles for targeted drug delivery.


Eniola-Adefso was going to attend medical school but became interested in chemical engineering. Eniola-Adefeso studied Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, graduating in 1999. She moved to University of Pennsylvania for her postgraduate studies, graduating in 2004.


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Eniola-Adefeso in NIGMS Findings Magazine, 2009.

After completing her graduate studies, Eniola-Adefso worked in the Baylor College of Medicine as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow. Eniola-Adefso joined University of Michigan in 2006. In 2013 she was named a Miller Faculty Scholar at the University of Michigan. She is interested in the interactions between blood leukocytes and endothelial cells in vessel lumen lining, and how they change during inflammation response. After losing her father to heart disease, Eniola-Adefso began to research new treatments for it.

Her research group work on:

  • Understanding cell adhesion and migration
  • Designing polymer-based cells that can be used for targeted drug delivery
  • Designing smart biomaterials for drug delivery and understanding the response of the body

Eniola-Adefeso is a champion for women and underrepresented minority students within University of Michigan. She has established a mentoring scheme and served as graduate chair, recruiting the most diverse cohort of students in the department's history. She encouraged undergraduate students to develop experiments for K-12 teachers to use in their classrooms. Eniola-Adefso has been involved in the College of Engineering NextProf program, which brings women and minority students to campus to experience academic life.

Honors and fellowships

2019 University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor

2017 Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows

2017 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow

2017 MAC Grimes Excellence in Chemical Engineering Award, AIChE

2017 Raymond J. and Monica E. Schultz Outreach and Diversity Award

2016 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award

2016 CEW Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change

2014 Faculty Fellow, University of Michigan College of Engineering

2013 Miller Faculty Scholar

2012 National Science Foundation Career

2012 Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize, University of Michigan

2011 NSF CAREER Award

2011 Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award, NOBCChE

2010 American Heart Association Innovator Award

2004 Janice Lumpkin Awards For Excellence in Arts & Sciences

2003 NASA Graduate Research Fellowship

1999 University of Maryland, Baltimore County Meyerhoff Scholarship

1998 University of Maryland, Baltimore County MARC U* STAR Scholar

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