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Ayokunle Olanrewaju

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering

Ayokunle Olanrewaju

Research focus

Diagnostics, precision medicine, translational bioengineering, therapeutic drug monitoring, 3D microfabrication, autonomous microfluidics


Ph.D. Biological and Biomedical Engineering, McGill University, Canada
M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada

Ayo Olanrewaju joined Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor in January after serving as an acting assistant professor for the department, and as an assistant professor of Bioengineering. He previously worked as an industrial postdoctoral fellow with the Montreal-based biomedical startup Sensoreal before coming to the UW as a postdoctoral scholar in the Posner Research Group in 2018.

In his research, Olanrewaju applies expertise in microfluidics and molecular assays to develop innovations supported by analytical models and real-world testing. The Olanrewaju lab is currently developing accessible diagnostics for monitoring treatment and prevention of diseases like HIV and tuberculosis directly at the point of need. He is also advancing 3D-printed capillary microfluidic devices for user-friendly and minimally-instrumented automation of liquid handling for a variety of clinical applications. Olanrewaju is a member of the UW Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Institute for Translational Health Sciences, Institute for NanoEngineered Systems, and the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute. His honors include the IAS/ANRS Lange/van Tongeren Prize for Young Investigators, UW CFAR New Investigator Award, UW Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, and being named one of Cell Mentor’s 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America.