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1731 E120th Street, LSRNE N239, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Lola Ogunyemi, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Radiological Sciences


Dr. Ogunyemi’s research interests include computerized medical decision support, reasoning under uncertainty, 3D graphics and visualization, and machine learning. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating novel computerized decision support systems for different biomedical domains with an emphasis on assisting clinicians in medically underserved and under-resourced settings. She has been principal investigator on a National Library of Medicine (NLM)-funded study of machine learning approaches to identify patients with latent/undiagnosed diabetic retinopathy from electronic health records, on an NLM-funded study of computerized decision support for penetrating trauma, and on a National Cancer Institute-funded study of individualized breast cancer risk prediction using Bayesian networks. She is currently working on an NLM-funded study that utilizes both unsupervised machine learning and qualitative methods to study COVID-19 vaccination and testing hesitancy. She is a co-chair of the UCLA CTSI’s biomedical informatics program, representing CDU.

Dr. Ogunyemi holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.S.E, and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Before moving to Charles Drew University to become the Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Ogunyemi was biomedical informatics faculty in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 1999 until 2007. She was also a member of the affiliated faculty in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology from 2003 until 2007. She has taught graduate level biomedical informatics courses in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, at UCLA, and short courses on informatics at the University of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal), Durban, South Africa. She served on the National Library of Medicine’s Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee study section from 2003-2007, is currently a member of the National Library of Medicine’s Board of Regents (2021-2025), is an editorial board member of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and an elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.