Awoniyi Awonuga

Awoniyi Awonuga

Professor and Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility


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Awoniyi Awonuga

Academic Rank


Office Address

WSUPG – Southfield Office
26400 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 140
Southfield, MI 48034


Dr. Awonuga is Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his medical degree at the University of Ibadan Medical School in Nigeria in 1979. He later completed residency in Ob/Gyn at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria and a residency (Ob/Gyn) and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) in in the United Kingdom. He is an accredited Specialist in Ob/Gyn in the United Kingdom and he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Dr. Awonuga completed residency in Ob/Gyn at Maimonides Medical Center in New York and Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Wayne State University. Upon completing fellowship in REI he completed scholarly training in the Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program of NIH/NICHD. Dr. Awonuga, is the Division Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Director of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Center, Co-Director of the WRHR program and the Residency Program Research Director here at WSU-SOM /DMC’s Ob/Gyn. Dr. Awonuga, is actively involved in medical students’, residents’ and fellows’ education, teaching, and research as attested to by the various accolades he has received from Residents and Fellows over the years. Dr. Awonuga is an active member of several committees within the department including: Promotion and Tenure Committee; Research Opportunities and Growth Committee; Faculty Selective Salary Committee. He is an ad hoc reviewer for 10 international and 6 national journals in Ob/Gyn and he has editorial board membership in several journals. Dr. Awonuga is a motivated, self-inspired and committed academic obstetrician and gynecologist with more than 40 (of over 90 in total) original publications of which he is the first or senior author. Dr. Awonuga is a member of several major professional societies including; American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  


Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 

Awards and Honors

  1. The ASRM Star Award yearly 2017 - 2019
  2. Wayne State University School of Medicine’s College Teaching Award 2016
  3. Kamran S. Moghissi, M.D. Faculty Award, WSU, Dept. of OB/GYN 2013
  4. National Council of Resident Education (CREOG) 2005, 2006, 2012
  5. Biography selected for inclusion: On and off since 2011
               Who’s Who in America by Marquis Who’s Who
               America’s Top Obstetrician and Gynecologists
  6. Excellence in Teaching Award, Depart. of Ob/Gyn, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY 2004



University of Ibadan Medical School in Nigeria in 1979


Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria and a residency (Ob/Gyn) 1982-1986
United Kingdom 1987-1989
Maimonides Medical Center 2000-2003


Reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI), United Kingdom. 1992-1993
Higher Specialist training, RCOG, United Kingdom 1999-2000
Fellowship in REI at Wayne State University 2007-2010

Research Interests

Polycystic ovary syndrome
Peritoneal adhesion development
Oocyte and Embryo physiology and pathology, and the effect of stress, environmental and toxins
Clinical Infertility


Publications: 2018 –To date

  1. R. Jeelani, C. Chatzicharalampous, H. Kohan-Ghadr, D. Bai, R.T. Morris, I. Sliskovic, A. Awonuga and H.M. Abu-Soud. Hypochlorous acid reversibly inhibits caspase-3: a potential regulator of apoptosis. Free Radical Research, 2020. Free Radic Res. 2020 Jan 7:1-14. PMID: 31909639
  2. LR. Hoyos, S. Tamakuwala, A. Rambhatla, H. Brar, G. Vilchez, JE. A.J. Rodriguez-Kovacs, A.O. Awonuga. Risk Factors for Cervical Ectopic Pregnancies. Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction. 2019 Dec 5:101665. PMID: 31811970
  3. Jahanbakhsh S, Dekhne MS, Kohan-Ghadr HR, Bai D, Awonuga A, Morris RT, Yang Z, Abu-Soud HM. The inhibition of lactoperoxidase catalytic activity through mesna (2-mercaptoethane sodium sulfonate). J Inorg Biochem. 2019 Nov 12;203:110911. PMID 31734539
  4. Hoyos LR, Vilchez G, Allsworth JE, Malik M, Rodriguez-Kovacs J, Adekola H, Awonuga AO. Outcomes in subsequent pregnancies after wedge resection for interstitial ectopic pregnancy: a retrospective cohort study. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Jul;32(14):2354-2360. PMID: 29400114.
  5. Alrahmani L, Abdelsattar ZM, Adekola H, Gonik B and Awonuga A. Adolescence and risk of preterm birth in multifetal gestations. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Apr;32(8):1321-1324. PMID: 29166804.
  6. Evans-Hoeker EA, Eisenberg E, Diamond MP, Legro RS et al., Major depression, antidepressant use, and male and female fertility. Fertil Steril. 2018;109(5):879-887. PMID: 29778387
  7. Jeelani R, Chatzicharalampous C, Kohan-Ghadr H, Awonuga A, Joshi N, Morris RT, Abu-Soud H. Acrolein, a commonly found environmental toxin causes oocyte mitochondrial dysfunction and negatively affects embryos. Free Radic Res. 2018 Jun 11:1-191. PMID: 29886754
  8. Ruden D, Bolnick A, Awonuga A, Abdulhasan M, Perez G, Puscheck EE, Rappolee DA. Effects of gravity, microgravity or microgravity simulation on early mammalian development. Stem Cells Dev. Stem Cells Dev. 2018 Sep 15;27(18):1230-1236. Review. PMID: 29562866
  9. Puscheck EE, Bolnick A, Awonuga AO, Yang Y, Abdulhasan M, Li Q, Secor E, Louden L, Huttemann M, Rappolee D. Why AMPK agonists not known to be stressors may surprisingly contribute to miscarriage or hinder IVF/ART. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2018 Aug;35(8):1359-1366. PMID: 29882092

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