Azeez Butali, DDS, PhD

Associate Professor of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine



Dr. Butali is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine and Dows Research Institute at the College of Dentistry. Dr Butali received his dental degree (DDS) at the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He attended the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK for his graduate school and received a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology.

Research Interest(s)

Dr. Butali directs the African Craniofacial Anomalies Network, collaboration between scientists in Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. His research is currently funded through a K99/R00 award from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research entitled “Genetics studies of non-syndromic clefts in populations of African descent.” He is also involved in the investigation of subclinical phenotypes for orofacial clefts as well as examining the role of micronutrients in oral clefts prevention. Other interest includes genetics of aggressive periodontitis and genetics of preterm births in the African population.

Selected Publications

Butali A, Little J, Chevrier C, Cordier S, Steegers-Theunissen R, Jugessur A, Oladugba B, Mossey PA. The Interaction between Folic acid Supplements and MTHFR C667T Gene in Orofacial Clefts Aetiology: An individual Participants Data Analysis. Birth Defects Journal Part A.Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2013 Aug;97(8):509-14. 201. PMID:23670871.

Butali A, Suzuki S, Mansilla M.A, Beaty T.H, Marazita M.L, Murray J.C. Replication of GWAS Candidate Genes in Four Independent Populations Confirm the Role of Common Variants and Identifies the Contribution of Rare Variants in PAX7 and VAX1 in the Etiology of Non-syndromic CL(P). Am J Med Genet A. 2013 May;161A(5):965-72. PMID:23463464.

Butali A, Adeyemo W.L, Mossey P.A, Olasoji H.O, Onah I.I, Adebola A,Efunkoya,  Akintububo             A, James O, Adeosun O.O, Ogunlewe M.O, Ladeinde A.L, Mofikoya B.O, Adeyemi M.O, Ekhaguere O.A, Emeka C, Awoyale  T. A- The NigeriaCRAN collaboration. Prevalence       of Orofacial Clefts in Nigeria. CPCJ. 2013. PMID:23557093.

Wasiu Lanre Adeyemo, Michael O. Adeyemi, Folashade T. Ogunsola, Mobolanle O. Ogunlewe, Akinola L. Ladeinde, Bolaji O. Mofikoya, Azeez Butali. Prevalence and Bacteriology of Bacteremia Associated with Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.2013 Jul;24(4):1126-31. PMID:2385175.

Butali A. Genetic Epidemiology of Cleft lip and Palate: A Review and Potentials for Africa. Nigerian Journal of Plastic Surgery. Vol. 1. May 2011. AJOL.

Butali A, Mossey PA, Adeyemo WL, Jezewski PA, Onwuamah CK, Ogunlewe MO, Ugboko VI, Adejuyigbe O, Adigun AI, Abdur-Rahman LO, Onah II, Audu RA, Idigbe EO, Mansilla MA, Dragan EA, Petrin AL, Bullard SA, Uduezue AO, Akpata O, Osaguona AO, Olasoji HO, Ligali TO, Kejeh BM, Iseh KR, Olaitan PB, Adebola AR, Efunkoya E, Adesina OA, Oluwatosin OM, Murray J. Genetic Studies In The Nigerian Population Implicates A MSX1 Mutation In Oral Facial Clefting. CPCJ. 2011. Nov;48(6):646-53.PMID:21740177.

Butali A, Adeyemo W.L. An Overview of Cleft Care in Nigeria. Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal. 2011. Jun;18(2):151-3. PMID:21670785.

Butali A, Mossey PA.  Orofacial Clefts Research In Africa: Challenges And Possibilities. Niger J Clin Pract. 2010 Jun;13(2):238-9. PMID:20499767.

Butali A, Mossey PA. Epidemiology of Orofacial clefts in Africa: Methodological Challenges in Ascertainment. Pan African Medical Journal. 2009. 3-5.PMID:21532901.

Butali Azeez, Anya I, Akeredolu P, Albert O. Worker migration. Br Dent J. 2008 May 10; 204(9):477-8. PMID:18469747