Dr. Tomi Akinyemiju earned a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2012 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University in 2014. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UAB school of Public Health.
Dr. Akinyemiju’s main research interests are in the area of health disparities in cancer in the U.S. and in Africa. Her research is focused on investigating upstream determinants of racial disparities in cancer along the prevention continuum. She has examined the influence of individual and neighborhood level socio-economic status and availability of healthcare resources in relation to black-white differences in screening, survival and treatment for breast cancer. She is also interested in understanding racial disparities in cancer risk, by examining risk factors for young onset, highly aggressive cancer sub-types among people of African descent. Her current research program includes the use of current molecular epidemiology methods and epigenetics to understand the risk and prognosis of breast cancer among newly diagnosed patients in Nigeria.