Adetunji T. Toriola, MD, PhD, MPH

Dr. Toriola is a molecular cancer epidemiologist and a professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery. He trained as a physician and afterwards had further training in public health and epidemiology, with emphasis on cancer epidemiology and prevention. Toriola’s research focuses on characterizing the molecular basis, and determinants of mammographic breast density and breast cancer in order to identify those that can be targeted in breast cancer prevention, especially in premenopausal women. He has led several studies including two R21s, a Susan G. Komen Career Catalyst Award, several institutional awards and he is currently the principal investigator on two R01s (including an R37 MERIT Award) in this research area. A second area of research focus is investigating the associations of energetics, metabolic imbalance and inflammation with colorectal and pancreatic cancer risk, clinical outcomes and mortality. Toriola is an MPI on the ColoCare Study (U01CA206110), a large multicenter cohort of colorectal cancer patients for interdisciplinary studies of colorectal cancer prognosis and outcomes.

Toriola serves as the deputy co-director for the master’s of population health sciences (MPHS) program in the Division of Public Health Sciences.