Omolola (Lola) Ogunyemi is the current Interim Vice President for Research at CDU. She is a computer scientist and biomedical informatics researcher. She is Director of CDU’s Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBI) and a Professor in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at CDU. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Radiological Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with the Medical and Imaging Informatics group. Before moving to CDU to become the Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Ogunyemi was a biomedical informatics faculty member in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 1999 until 2007. She was also a member of the affiliated faculty in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology from 2003 until 2007. Dr. Ogunyemi holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.S.E, and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Her research at the CBI focuses on novel biomedical informatics solutions for problems that affect medically underserved communities. Dr. Ogunyemi’s research interests include computerized medical decision support, reasoning under uncertainty, 3D graphics and visualization, and machine learning. Her work includes a National Library of Medicine (NLM)-funded study that utilizes both unsupervised machine learning and qualitative methods to study COVID-19 vaccination and testing hesitancy (with Sheba George and Lauren Daskivich). She has been principal investigator of an NLM-funded R01 study of machine learning approaches to identify safety net healthcare system patients with latent/undiagnosed diabetic retinopathy from electronic health records, on an NLM-funded R01 study of computerized decision support for penetrating trauma, and on a National Cancer Institute-funded R03 study of individualized breast cancer risk prediction using Bayesian networks.