Itunu Adekoya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from the University of Windsor as well as a Master of Science degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto focusing on infectious disease research.

Following a shift in interest to health care research, she joined the CLEANMeds team at St. Michael’s Hospital where she supported a large randomized controlled trial measuring the effect of free distribution of essential medicines as part of an ongoing effort to improve Canada’s pharmacare policy.

She has been particularly interested in the efforts of the Upstream Lab to address the social determinants of health and feels very fortunate to be able to add to this body of work. She is currently working on the SPARK study, focusing on investigating ways to implement sociodemographic data collection in Canadian health care.
She is excited to be part of this important work and looks forward to seeing the impact it will have long-term.