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Olopade To Deliver Nirenberg Lecture, May 25

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Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade of the University of Chicago

Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade of the University of Chicago will deliver the Marshall W. Nirenberg Lecture, part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, on May 25 from 3 to 4 p.m. The title of her lecture is “Genomic Basis of Breast Cancer Progression in Blacks.” 

The presentation will be held in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 and also videocast at (Those wishing to attend in person must register; contact

Olopade directs the University of Chicago Hospital’s Cancer Risk Clinic and is the Walter L. Palmer distinguished service professor in medicine and human genetics there. A leader in cancer genetics, Olopade studies familial forms of cancers, molecular mechanisms of tumor progression in high-risk individuals, and genetic and non-genetic factors contributing to tumor progression in diverse populations.  

Olopade’s laboratory research is focused on using whole-genome technologies and bioinformatics to develop innovative approaches to democratize precision health care for all and thereby reduce global health disparities. She stresses comprehensive risk-reducing strategies and prevention in high-risk populations, as well as earlier detection through advanced imaging technologies.

The annual Nirenberg Lecture, established in 2011, recognizes Marshall Nirenberg for his work to decipher the genetic code, which resulted in his receiving the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The lectureship recognizes outstanding contributions to genetics and molecular biology.

More information about the lecture series is posted at

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