Obianuju Aguolu

Postdoctoral Associate




Dr. Aguolu is currently a second-year postdoctoral associate at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, Yale University. Her research interests include infectious disease epidemiology, health disparity, vaccine acceptance, and graphic medicine. Dr. Aguolu is working with Dr. Saad B. Omer’s research group where she is managing several projects across several institutions in the United States and abroad. She is collaborating on several infectious disease projects focusing on epidemiology of respiratory infections such as influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), group B streptococcus, and the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. She designed and implemented an educational comic book to address HPV vaccine knowledge gaps and misconceptions among college student aged 18-26 years. The comic book won a Silver American Advertising Federation (ADDY) (Akron, Ohio) and Hiram College Graphic Medicine awards. This work is already benefitting from cross-institution collaborations between Ohio Department of Health - HPV Vaccination Committee/School Based Committee, Ohio Partners for Cancer Control (OPCC), a statewide consortium dedicated to reducing the cancer burden in Ohio, and College of Public Health, Kent State University. They will study the impact of the HPV Education Comic Book on high school students in Ohio. Her goal is to further move this project toward improving knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors regarding infectious disease prevention, reducing health disparities, and improving health equity. She earned her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from College of Public Health, Kent State University, where her research focused on infectious diseases, vaccine acceptance, and health disparity. She graduated with Master’s in Public Health from Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master’s in Public Health/University of Akron, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi, Anambra, Nigeria. She had some years of pediatrics residency training in the US before moving to public health.

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Research/Topics of Interest

Agent-based models
Apply models to public health
Clinical trail design
Decision models
Geospatial models
New methods development
Public health application of models
Public health policy/interventions
Science communication
Social determinants of health
Social networks/contact patterns
Graphic medicine
Infectious diseases
Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Vaccine acceptance
Respiratory infectious diseases
Health disparity
Infectious disease modeling

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

Pandemic influenza
Respiratory diseases
Season influenza
Sexually transmitted diseases
Vaccine-preventable diseases

Countries of Work/Collaboration

United States



Aguolu OG, Willebrand K, Elharake JA, Qureshi HM, Kiti MC, Liu CY, Restrepo Mesa A, Nelson K, Jenness S, Melegaro A, Ahmed F, Yildirim I, Malik FA, Lopman B, Omer SB. (2022). Factors influencing the decision to receive seasonal influenza vaccination among US corporate non-healthcare workers. Human vaccines & immunotherapeutics

Aguolu OG, Malik AA, Ahmed N, Omer SB. (2022). Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy for Future COVID-19 and HIV Vaccines: Lessons from Measles and HPV Vaccines. Current HIV/AIDS reports, 19(5)

Kiti MC, Aguolu OG, Liu CY, Mesa AR, Regina R, Woody M, Willebrand K, Couzens C, Bartelsmeyer T, Nelson KN, Jenness S, Riley S, Melegaro A, Ahmed F, Malik F, Lopman BA, Omer SB. (2021). Social contact patterns among employees in 3 U.S. companies during early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, April to June 2020. Epidemics, (36)

Akpan IJ, Aguolu OG, Kobara YM, Razavi R, Akpan AA, Shanker M. (2021). An Empirical Infodemiology Study of What People Learned about COVID-19 and Behavior Towards Public Health Guidelines Using Web Searches. Journal of medical Internet research

Kazi AM, Aguolu OG, Mughis W, Ahsan N, Jamal S, Khan A, Qureshi HM, Yildirim I, Malik FA, Omer SB. (2021). Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Mortality Among Young Infants in Karachi, Pakistan: A Prospective Postmortem Surveillance Study. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 73(Supplement_3)

Moses C. Kiti, Obianuju G. Aguolu, Carol Y. Liu, Ana R. Mesa, Rachel Regina, Kathryn Willebrand, Chandra Couzens, Tilman Bartelsmeyer, Kristin Nelson, Samuel Jenness, Steven Riley, Alessia Melegaro, Faruque Ahmed, Fauzia Malik, Ben Lopman, Saad B. Omer. (2020). Social contact patterns among employees in 3 U.S. companies during early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, April to June 2020. medRxiv

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