2024 Recipient — Martins Ayoola-Adeola, MD

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Martins Ayoola-Adeola, MD

Perioperative Nanotherapy for Ovarian Cancer

Project Summary

This project focuses on mitigating the unwanted effects of surgery-induced peritoneal injury. Most ovarian cancer patients undergo surgical tumor removal at some point during the course of treatment. While this can be a life-saving intervention, the subsequent processes of post-surgical wound healing and inflammation often create an environment conducive to the re-attachment of residual cancer cells to the surgical site. In addition, intensive inflammation after surgery can result in abdominal tissue adhesions, which frequently cause patient re-admissions. The proposed project aims to evaluate the efficacy of different chemically engineered nanotraps in preventing postsurgical ovarian cancer cell attachment in a mouse model, which will pave the way for potential implementation in humans. By precise and controlled scavenging of the inflammatory molecules in the abdomen, we will be able to reduce ovarian cancer metastasis and abdominal tissue adhesions without interfering with the wound healing process. We expect that the application of the nanotraps will hinder the engraftment of cancer cells, thereby extending their vulnerability to chemotherapy or immunotherapy. We expect that this strategy will also be effective in mitigating abdominal adhesions, thereby improving quality of life for ovarian cancer patients. We believe this could be applied to even non-cancer diseases like endometriosis.


I was born and raised in Nigeria before moving to the United States when I was nine years old. I subsequently went back to Nigeria where I completed middle and high school at a boarding school. I have always enjoyed science and decided early on that medicine was going to be my career path. I am the oldest of three boys and the first in my family to be a physician.

Experiencing life in different countries and in various states have allowed me to develop good adaptive skills and maximize whatever opportunities come my way. There have been many challenges along the way which I have been able to overcome through the guidance of my mentors and family. Now, I am a gynecologic oncology fellow with a passion for surgical cancer management, education, and mentorship. I am eager to pay it forward to the next generation of students and hope to continue to be an inspiration for others.