Oyelola is a chartered biostatistician, an experienced teacher and public health researcher. He completed his PhD at the University of Western Cape, South Africa, where he developed a new approach to modelling nested correlation due to anisotropy issues in spatial data (Malaria). He also completed a master degree in biostatistics at Interuniversity Institute for Biostatistics and statistical Bioinformatics, Hasselt University, Belgium.

Oyelola’s research interests are in spatial epidemiology, environmental statistics, exposure science, disease mapping and mixed-model with applications in biomedical sciences and public health studies. Oyelola’s work centred on developing and integrating innovative statistical approaches to advance public health and healthcare studies that focus on exploring spatial and Spatio-temporal variations in infectious and non-infectious diseases and examines the effect of climate on health outcomes. His methodological research interests fall in the area of correlation/covariance structure in public health and ecological data.

His previous experience includes statistics lecturer at the American University of Nigeria, American University of Afghanistan and Qatar University. Prior to joining Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Oyelola was a clinical research biostatistician (infectious disease) at JCU’s  Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine.

He is well-published in a wide range of multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journals such as Statistical Methods in Medical Research, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society and Science of Total Environment. His publication titled” Analysis of spatial data with a nested correlation structure” was one of the top 20 most-read articles in 2017/2018 in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C.



Oyelola is an associate editor of BMC Public Health (Global Health), Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease, PLOS ONE,  Scientific African and Scientific Reportsand a reviewer for many journals (See Publon). He is currently serving as an Early Career Researcher Initiative (ECRI) Advisory Panel member for the high-ranking Environmental Health Perspective journal. A fellow of the institute of management consultants.

Available PhD projects

Small Area Estimation of Health Outcomes

Environmental Stressors and Animal Health

  • Biostatistics, Spatio-temporal statistics, Spatial epidemiology, Correlated and multi-level modeling
  • Infectious disease modelling, One-health, Zoonoses, Emerging infectious disease
  • Exposure science, Environmental epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Research methods
  • 2023 to present - Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2023 to present - Associate Professor, Menzies School of Public Health, Charles Darwin University (Darwin)
  • 2022 to present - Academic Editor, PloS ONE
  • 2022 to present - Academic Editor, Scientific Reports
  • 2021 to present - Associate Editor, Scientific African
  • 2020 to present - Associate Editor, Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
  • 2019 to present - Associate Editor, BMC Public Health
  • 2022 to 2023 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2021 to 2022 - Lecturer (biostatistics), James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2020 to 2021 - Early Career Researcher Initiative (ECRI) Advisory Panel, Environmental Health Perspective
  • 2018 to 2020 - Clinical Research Biostatistician, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2013 to 2018 - Lecturer, Statistics, Qatar University (Doha, Qatar)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Instructor, Statistics, American University of Afghanistan (Kabul, Afghanistan)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Instructor, Statistics, American University of Nigeria (Yola, Nigeria)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2022 - Associate Editor-Scientific African
  • 2022 - Academic Editor- PLOS ONE
  • 2020 - JCU Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2019 - Top Peer Reviewer (1%) in Social Sciences
  • 2019 - Top Peer Reviewer (1%) in Cross-Field
  • 2021 to 2023 - Townsville Hospital and Health Service - Study Education Research Trust Account (SERTA) -"Extended Extracorporeal Shockwave and Electromagnetic Stimulation Therapies for Effective Treatment and Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcers," $140,000
  • 2017 to 2018 - Top 20 most read paper in Journal of the Royal Statistics Society: Series C
  • 2012 to 2013 - American University of Afghanistan, Research Fellowship
  • 2019 - Institute of Management Consultants
  • 2019 - International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
  • 2019 - International Environmetrics Society
  • 2010 - International Statistical Institute
  • 2010 - International Biometric Society
  • 2020 - Early Career Researcher Initiative (ECRI) Advisory Panel- Environmental Health Perspective
  • 2020 - Associate Editor-Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease (SAGE)
  • 2019 - Associate Editor-BMC Public Health
  • 2016 - Research Evaluator- South African National Research Foundation

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 93+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Oyelola Adegboye from 2012 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

World Health Organization - Contract Research

Situation analysis and vulnerability and adaptation assessments for all municipalities of Timor Leste including development of climate and health risk profiles of each municipality and publication of scientific papers

Indicative Funding
The objective is to develop the national and subnational vulnerability and adaptation assessments for Timor Leste including the development of Climate and Health risk profiles. These will inform the government on approaches and strategies to reduce the impact of climate change on the health of its people, and contribute towards the body of knowledge of approaches to address climate change and health in small island developing states globally.
Maxine Whittaker, Gueladio Cisse, Oyelola Adegboye and Etienne Kouakou (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, University of Nangui Abrogoa and)
Climate change and health; Adaptation; Timor Leste

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)

Research capacity building for control of neglected tropical diseases: A path for sustainable societies on the tropics

Indicative Funding
$25,760 over 1 year
The international community has pledged through the Sustainable Development Goals to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2030. NTDs are distributed in several regions in the world, including Oceania and The Americas, and are estimated to affect close to 2 billion people. Guatemala and Queensland, Australia share similar ecological and tropical environments that enhances their susceptibility to epidemics caused by NTDs, particularly considering the effect of climate change. The Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) and James Cook University (JCU) will conduct a project to build NTDs data analysis capacity and support the efforts of early and middle career researchers to conduct collaborative research in Australia and Guatemala. The project consists of a mixture of online workshops and online research meetings.
Maria Castellanos Reynosa, Theophilus Emeto, Oyelola Adegboye and Faith Alele (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Neglected tropical diseases; Capacity building; Global Health; Tropics; Latin America

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Measuring Allostatic Load - Biomarkers as Predictive Tools in Serious Mental Illness (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An exploration of teacher wellbeing in the inclusive primary school context. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Environmental and socio-demographic predictors of Bacteraemia in North Queensland (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Climate change and its impact on the re-emergence of vector-borne diseases in Mauritius (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Ecological modeling for risk prediction of zoonotic diseases in Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Sero-epidemiological study of emerging and re-emerging Transboundary Zoonotic Pathogens in Nigeria-Sahel borders (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Local spatial and spatiotemporal machine learning for small area estimation in public health (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Climate change and the Incidence of Bacteraemia and Antimicrobial Resistance from Foodborne Pathogens in Queensland, Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Trial of Image Enhancement Software as an Educational Tool in Melanoma Diagnosis for Medical Students (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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