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Steve Oghumu, PhD

Associate Professor

Steve Oghumu, PhD




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Mailing Address:

248 Evans Hall
520 King Ave
Columbus, OH 43201


Dr. Oghumu’s research program is aimed at understanding the genetic and immunological factors underlying the etiology and pathogenesis of human disease. His research is focused on two primary disease areas: (i) oral carcinogenesis and (ii) substance use disorder. Using innovative mouse models, he is investigating the cellular, molecular and immunological mechanisms of oral carcinogenesis and advancing the development and application of compounds for oral cancer chemoprevention and treatment. He is also developing and applying uniquely novel mouse models to determine the contribution of X-chromosome inactivation to sex differences in susceptibility to neoplastic and neurologic disorders.


Title: X chromosome inactivation in sex disparities to substance use disorder

Role: PI

Sponsor: NIH/NIDA

Dates: 08/01/2021 - 05/30/2026

Title: Defining the role of the oral glucocorticoid system in oral carcinogenesis and its modulation for improved treatment outcomes

Role: PI

Sponsor: NIH/NIDCR

Dates: 08/01/2021 - 07/30/2022

Title: Mechanisms of MIF in Oral Cancer: Applications for Prevention and Treatment

Role: PI

Sponsor: American Cancer Society

Dates: 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2023

Title: Mechanisms of Oral Cancer Inhibition by Bioactive Phytochemicals in Black Raspberries

Role: PI

Sponsor: NIH/NCI

Dates: 09/01/2017 - 08/31/2022

Academic and Medical Appointments

2018-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Education and Training

2015-2017 Research Scientist, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2011-2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2007-2010 Ph.D. Microbiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2004-2007 M.S. Microbiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

1998-2002 B.S. Microbiology, Ahmadu Bello University, NIGERIA

Selected Publications

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