Founding Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics
Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics
Associate Dean, Global Health
Olopade, a hematology oncologist and expert on the molecular genetics of breast cancer and tumor suppression directs the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Global Health at the University of Chicago. Her research is focused on developing innovative strategies for managing cancer risk based on an understanding of the altered genes in individual patients with a particular focus on African and African-American women. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2005.
Olopade has received numerous honors and awards, including honorary degrees from North Central, Dominican, Bowdoin, and Princeton universities. She is an elected member of the American Association for Clinical Investigation, American Association of Physicians, American Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She serves on several boards including MacArthur Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Cancer IQ, and the Lyric Opera. She received an Officer of the Order of Niger award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Nigerian Government.
Dr. Olopade received her medical training in her native country Nigeria and was trained in Internal Medicine at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She did her clinical training and postdoctoral research training in cancer genetics in the joint section of hematology oncology at the University of Chicago under the late Janet Rowley. She was appointed to the faculty in 1991 where she has continued her ground-breaking work to understand the genetic basis of breast cancer and global health disparities.