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Dr. Lola Eniola-Adefeso

Read about Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Ph.D., in the September 2009 issue.

Chemical Engineer
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

After heart disease killed her father, Omolola ("Lola") Eniola-Adefeso became determined to design better medications for the millions of others with this condition.

Her goal is to create special drug-delivery beads with the homing instincts of white blood cells. Like immune cells, Eniola-Adefeso's biodegradable plastic spheres are coated with specific proteins to help them stick to injured blood vessels. By targeting only diseased tissue and breaking down gradually, the beads could safely deliver a drug for months or even years.

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