Juliana Odetunde, MS, MDc

VECD Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow


Medical Student, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Fellowship Site: Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/Brazilian Ministry of Health, Brazil

Research Interests: The influence of leptospire dynamics in rodent and environmental reservoirs and climatic, structural, and social determinants in slums on the epidemiology of human disease.

Ms. Odetunde will spend her fellowship year at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/Brazilian Ministry of Health in Salvador, Bahia, under the mentorship of Albert Ko, MD. Her research will focus on assessing the effect of rapid population growth in the slum communities of Salvador on the development of infectious disease and other chronic health conditions in the community. The overall goal of the study is to determine how leptospire dynamics in rodent and environmental reservoirs and climatic, structural, and social determinants in slums influence the epidemiology of human disease.

Ms. Odetunde is currently a third year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (UKCOM). She has had various research training opportunities through UKCOM, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Research Exchange, the National Institute on Aging, NIH intramural research training programs, and graduate school research work. Ms. Odetunde has a strong interest in medicine, global health, and community-based clinical research. Upon completion of her medical training, Ms. Odetunde hopes to have a strong career in academic medicine and also pioneer her own research projects pertaining to community health in medically underserved communities around the world.