Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Akinlolu O. Ojo is the associate vice president for clinical research and global health initiatives at the University of Arizona Health Sciences and a professor of medicine in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson with a joint appointment as professor of health promotion sciences in the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Dr. Ojo is an international leader in chronic kidney disease and kidney transplantation research and clinical care with a focus on health disparities and an expert in global health research.
Dr. Ojo previously served as professor of medicine and the Florence E. Bingham Research Professor in Nephrology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he also was director of clinical and translational research in the Comprehensive Kidney Center, and director of the Department of Medicine Global Health Research and Training Programs. In addition, he was an attending physician with the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Ojo’s research and clinical interests include chronic kidney disease and kidney transplantation and their complications, including cardiovascular disease; pharmacotherapy of hypertensive and diabetic renal disease; minority health and health disparities; global health (non-communicable diseases in low-resource settings); and global health capacity development. He has a particular clinical interest in chronic kidney disease in African Americans and blacks in developing nations.
Dr. Ojo maintains an active clinical and translational research program with substantial funding from the National Institutes of Health. Currently, he is the principal investigator on five studies with grant funding totaling more than $25 million and has received more than $70 million in extramural funding at the University of Michigan. He has extensive experience in the development of patient-oriented clinical research networks and multicenter clinical trials, and has served on multiple clinical trial Data Safety Monitoring Boards and NIH study sections.