Dr Tolullah Oni


Dr Tolullah Oni is a Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge, and a Clinical Senior Research fellow at the University of Cambrridge Global Public Health Research programme. She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr Oni has won numerous awards including election to the South African Young Academy of Science, where she currently serves as the co-chair of the Executive Committee. She was also elected to the Young Physicians Leadership Programme by the Inter-Academy Medical Panel and the World Academy of Science,  is a Next Einstein Forum Fellow and is a World Economic Forum Young Scientist. She also received the Claude Leon Merit and Carnegie “Next Generation of African Academics” research awards

She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and completed her medical training at University College London in the UK. Dr Oni completed her postgraduate medical training in the UK and Australia, and obtained a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) at the University of Cape Town, South Arica. She obtained a research doctorate in Clinical Epidemiology at Imperial College London. She spent 11 years carrying out research in South Africa, where she completed her public health medical specialty training. In South Africa, Dr Oni stablished a Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE), conducting transdisciplinary urban health research, which is focused on generating evidence to support development and the implementation of healthy public policies in rapidly growing cities, with a focus on Africa. 

She has published over 40 manuscripts in high-impact journals, and has given presentations at international academic (urban health, HIV, TB) and non-academic meetings including the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Davos and; the United Nations High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development, New York. She serves on many advisory boards including the African Academy of Science Open Research Platform and Future Earth. She is an editorial board member of Lancet Planetary Health, Cities and Health, and the Journal of Urban Health. Profiled in the Lancet journal in 2016 and Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.

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