Born in Nigeria into a culturally diverse home; Nigerian father, American mother, Dr. Katherine Ayoade returned to the USA to complete her undergraduate degree (BSc. Chemical Engineering ’00) at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.  After graduation, she worked for the Procter & Gamble (P&G) company at its Health Care Research Center before eventually returning to Illinois where she enrolled in the dual-degree program offered by the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Urbana-Champaign.  She earned her Ph.D in 2007 from the Department of Biochemistry (with Richard Tapping, PhD), where she characterized at the molecular level, the ability of members of the human Toll-like Receptor 2-family, to sense their microbial ligands. She completed her MD degree in 2010 and her Internal Medicine internship in 2011 at the same institution. Dr. Katherine Ayoade completed her residency training in Dermatology and is currently a Post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology (with David Mangelsdorf, PhD  and Steven Kliewer, PhD) at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is a Board Certified dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is currently seeing and accepting new patients in her clinic.


Medical School
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign (2010)
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign (2011), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2014), Dermatology

Research Interest

  • Cicatricial Alopecias
  • Hair Loss/Alopecias
  • Inflammation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Livedo reticularis as an initial clinical manifestation of gemcitabine-induced hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Zemtsov A, Omueti-Ayoade K, Zemtsov R, Yang M J. Dermatol. 2012 May 39 5 487-9
Identification of novel synthetic toll-like receptor 2 agonists by high throughput screening.
Guan Y, Omueti-Ayoade K, Mutha SK, Hergenrother PJ, Tapping RI J. Biol. Chem. 2010 Jul 285 31 23755-62
Genetic polymorphisms within the human Toll-like receptor 2 subfamily.
Tapping RI, Omueti KO, Johnson CM Biochem. Soc. Trans. 2007 Dec 35 Pt 6 1445-8
Cutting edge: A common polymorphism impairs cell surface trafficking and functional responses of TLR1 but protects against leprosy.
Johnson CM, Lyle EA, Omueti KO, Stepensky VA, Yegin O, Alpsoy E, Hamann L, Schumann RR, Tapping RI J. Immunol. 2007 Jun 178 12 7520-4
The polymorphism P315L of human toll-like receptor 1 impairs innate immune sensing of microbial cell wall components.
Omueti KO, Mazur DJ, Thompson KS, Lyle EA, Tapping RI J. Immunol. 2007 May 178 10 6387-94
Domain exchange between human toll-like receptors 1 and 6 reveals a region required for lipopeptide discrimination.
Omueti KO, Beyer JM, Johnson CM, Lyle EA, Tapping RI J. Biol. Chem. 2005 Nov 280 44 36616-25


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Honors & Awards

  • Dermatology Foundation, Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship Recipient
  • The John A. Kenney, Jr., M.D. ResidentÂ’s Research Symposium Award - 3rd Place
  • 2013 Award for Humanism and Professionalism (shared honor).
    Honored by the Resident Physicians of the Department of Dermatology, UTSW. (2013)
  • Physician Scientist Training Program Fellowship Trainee
  • Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Biochemistry Trust of Urbana Award
    For the Best Doctoral Thesis of 2008 (2008)
  • Keystone Symposia Travel Award Scholarship
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow NIAID F31 National Research Service Award
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant Trainee
  • Golden Key National Honors Society
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon National Honorary Chemical Society
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Edmund J. James Scholar
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Presidential Award Scholar

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Society for Investigative Dermatology (2016)
  • Dermatology Foundation (2015)
  • American Academy of Dermatology (2014)
  • Skin of Color Society (2012)
  • Women's Dermatologic Society (2011)