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Clinical Senior Research Associate, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge

Tolu Oni is a Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist; and a Clinical Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, UK. She was until 2018 an Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Cape Town. Her transdisciplinary urban health research aims to provide evidence to support development and implementation of healthy public policies in Africa. Research activities include Systems for Health projects: investigating how urban systems (e.g. housing, food) can be harnessed for health; and Health Systems projects: integrated heath systems responses to changing patterns of infectious and non-communicable disease multimorbidity in the context of urbanisation.

She has published over 80 manuscripts in international journals, and has given presentations at international academic (urban health, HIV, TB) and non-academic meetings including the United Nations High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development, New York; and the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Davos 2018. She serves on several advisory boards including Future Earth and is an editorial board member of PLOS Global Health, Lancet Planetary Health, Cities and Health, and the Journal of Urban Health. Profiled in the Lancet journal, Science magazine, and the British Medical Journal, she is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, past co-chair of the Global Young Academy and the South African Young Academy of Science, 2015 Next Einstein Forum Fellow, 2019 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a 2020 Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Fellow.


  • 2018–present
    Clinical Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge
  • 2016–2018
    Associate professor, University of Cape Town
  • 2014–2016
    Senior lecturer, University of Cape Town
  • 2008–2014
    Senior Research Medical Officer, University of Cape Town

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Institute of Health Research, UK