Tolullah Oni

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

MRC Epidemiology Unit

Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science
Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cambridge CB2 0QQ


Tolu Oni is a Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist, and a Clinical Senior Research fellow with MRC Epidemiology Unit's Global Public Health Research programme.  Until 2018 she held an Associate Professorship  at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town. There she established the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE). Her research focuses on understanding health transition, and the epidemiology of the interaction between common chronic conditions and the unplanned urban environment. She has received several awards in recognition of her research contribution including the South African National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Emerging Researcher award, and the Carnegie Corporation “Next Generation of African Academics award. She is a Next Einstein Forum Fellow,  and a Fellow of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare. She serves on several scientific advisory committees including the International Science Council's (ISC) Programme on Urban Health and Wellbeing; and Future Earth. She is an Editorial Board member of the Cities and Health journal, Lancet Planetary Health, and the Journal of Urban Health, and regularly acts as reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals. She aims to promote science and research as key drivers of development in Africa through a coordinated approach between science, policy and society role players, to identify creative strategies to address complex population health and broader societal challenges.