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