Oluwadamilola Oladeru

Hometown: Bronx, NY

high school: Peddie School

college: Yale University

MAJOR: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

GRAD. PROGRAM: State University of New York, Stony Brook (MD Candidate)

Growing up in Nigeria, her parents’ work ethic and dedication to service laid the foundation for Damilola’s future aspirations and achievements. She migrated to the United States at the age of ten with her family and settled in Bronx, New York. With the support of the Oliver Scholars Program, she gained admission to an independent boarding school, Peddie School, in Hightstown, New Jersey where she fell in love with biology. During her high school years, she was also a trainee in the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) that exposed her to the world of biomedical research. Upon graduation from high school, she had completed internships at Temple University School of Medicine, National Institute of Health and Rosetta Inpharmatics. Her research experiences provided opportunities to present at ten scientific meetings, where she won six abstract and poster awards.

Damilola matriculated to Yale University, where she double majored in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, and African Studies. While exploring courses in both disciplines, she developed a passion for medical anthropology and its intersection with global health. She also conducted research at Yale School of Medicine on promising anti-malarial compounds she extracted from plants collected during a trip to the Amazonian Rain Forest. Beyond academics and research, Damilola held several leadership roles on campus and actively served in communities off campus. Her most memorable community service experience is the establishment of a library in her native land, Erin-Ijesa, Nigeria. The project was funded and supported by the Community Service Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University and in collaboration with her fellow RBS Scholar, Folake Dosu. During the Fall of her Senior year, the library was highlighted in several newspapers including Glamour Magazine, in which she was named one of 2010’s Top 10 College Women. She graduated in May 2011 and is currently enrolled at Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in one-year Master of Arts Program in African Studies, with a concentration in Medical Anthropology; and Graduate Certificate Program in Global Health. Her research is on strategies and public health initiatives to reduce maternal mortality in Nigeria. Damilola will be matriculating to medical school in the Fall of 2012.

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