Based on high performance in research, teaching and service, Lola Eniola-Adefeso has been promoted to associate professor in the department of chemical engineering.
Her research has exposed new challenges in the hot field of drug delivery using micro and nano particles. By exploring how these particles behave in experimentally simulated blood vessels, her group hopes to discover how cells and molecules in the bloodstream affect how well the particles deliver drugs. This knowledge can then be applied to the design of new and highly intelligent drug delivery system for treating life-threatening diseases such as the hardening of the arteries. Here group is focused on cardiovascular diseases, which remain the number one cause of mortality in the US.
Eniola-Adefeso forged new ground in the teaching curriculum by incorporating an outreach program into the projects of two core chemical engineering courses. These programs give the chemical engineering students early experience in process design and presentation while also exposing local middle and high school students to chemical engineering. For this innovation, she was selected to present at the National Academy of Engineers Frontiers of Engineering Education conference in 2012, and she was the recipient of the 2012 U-M’s Provost Teaching Innovation Award for this effort.
Other recent honors and awards include the Miller Faculty Scholar title at U-M (2013), the National Science Foundation CAREER award (2011) and the American Heart Association’s Innovator award (2010). Dr. Eniola-Adefeso is currently a visiting associate professor in the newly founded Institute of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.