Babajide A. Ojo, PhD

Professional Interests: To understand how cellular metabolism shapes gut epithelial lineage transitions in health and disease

Scholarly Training

about me

  • I am an Instructor in the Pediatric Gastroenterology Division at Stanford Medicine. I have largely spent the last decade understanding the impact of diet on gut biology and subsequent systemic implications in models of metabolic and chronic diseases.
  • As an independent investigator, I will lead a translational research program in regenerative metabolism, to understand how extrinsic factors impact epithelial metabolic adaptations and lineage transitions during intestinal regeneration in models of digestive diseases.


Selected Honors and Awards

NIH MOSAIC K99/R00 Award

Postdoctoral Career Transition Award, NIDDK. $913,554.

2023 - 2028

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Stanford Center for Pediatric IBD and Celiac Disease. $172,800. 2022 - 2024

Honorary Graduate Marshall

Fall '19 Commencement, Oklahoma State University.

Most Outstanding PhD Student

College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University.

Excellence in Mentoring Undergrads

College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University.

Top 5 Young Minority Investigators

American Society of Nutrition

Selected Publications

Ojo BA, et al. (2022) Supplemental Wheat Germ Modulates Phosphorylation of STAT3 in the Gut and NFκBp65 in the Adipose Tissue of Mice Fed a Western Diet. Current Developments in Nutrition. In Press.

Clarkston K, et al. (2022). Targeted Assessment of Mucosal Immune Gene Expression Predicts Clinical Outcomes in Children with Ulcerative Colitis. Journal of Crohn's and Colitis. 16(11): 1735-1750

Ojo BA, et al. The Promise of Patient-Derived Colon Organoids to Model Ulcerative Colitis. (2022) Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 28(2), 299-308

Ojo BA, et al. (2021) Pinto Beans modulate the gut microbiome, augment MHC II protein and antimicrobial peptide gene expression in mice fed a normal or western-style diet. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 88: 108543

Ojo B, et al. (2016). Mango supplementation prevents gut microbial dysbiosis and modulates short-chain fatty acid production independent of body weight reduction in C57BL/6 mice fed a high fat diet. The Journal of Nutrition, 146(8): 1483-1491 (Cover page feature, August 2016 Issue, J Nutr)

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