Oluwatobi Babayemi , BS
Oluwatobi (Tobi) Babayemi is a doctoral student in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria; she moved to Houston with her family as a child. She completed her bachelor of science in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas and joined the Sirianni lab in July 2020 where she is currently conducting her thesis research. Her research is focused on quantifying intrathecal nanoparticle drug delivery to the CNS with three central aims:
(1) The development of pharmacokinetic models to understand how the biophysical properties of a drug influence its delivery to and clearance from the CSF following intrathecal administration as a free or nanoparticle encapsulated agent
(2) The utilization of in vitro approaches to understand how flow rate and frequency of CSF oscillation influence drug delivery from nanoparticles to cells
(3) The utilization of in vivo approaches to test whether CSF flow can be manipulated to drive NP and drug delivery to the CNS
Following completion of her thesis work, she aspires to one day work in the Biotech industry and volunteer in medical missions overseas.