Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD


The result of his postdoctoral research work on angiotensin and serotonin receptor imaging continue to be frequently cited almost a decade after the original publication.

Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Medical Oncologist
Head and Neck Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Lung Cancer
Thyroid Cancer
Phase I Clinical Trials Unit
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics



Dr. Owonikoko completed his primary medical training at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria in 1991. He was a resident physician in Anatomic Pathology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria from 1995 to 1998. He later proceeded to Dusseldorf, Germany for further training in Anatomic Pathology at the Heinrich Heine University from 1998-2000 on an international training grant award from the prestigious German Academic Exchange Program. He received a PhD degree in Anatomic Pathology from the Heinrich Heine University in 2001 after which he proceeded to the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for postdoctoral training in molecular imaging.


A collection of Dr. Owonikoko's more recent awards include:

  • Chairman’s Award for the Best PGY1 Resident, 2003
  • Chairman’s Award for the Best PGY2 Resident, 2004
  • Chairman’s Award for the Best PGY3 Resident, 2005
  • AMGEN Oncology Institute Fellowship Training Award, 2007
  • Best Poster Award, CEC Molecular and Translational Oncology Workshop, Leesburg, VA, 2008


Dr. Owonikoko's research interest is majorly in lung and thyroid cancer. He is particularly focused on the identification and clinical development of biomarkers and new treatment approaches to improve the standard of care for lung and thyroid cancer patients.


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