Where were you born?
What school did you attend?
University of Pittsburgh, BS in Biology, 2003 Duquesne University, MS in Biology, 2006 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, PhD in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, 2014
What gained you interest in the NIH?
When I was pursuing my Master's degree, my academic advisor told me about training opportunities at the NIH. Upon graduation I became a technical intramural research trainee at the NHGRI. Because of my positive training experience, I decided to pursue postdoctoral training at the NIH as well.
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
Currently, I am a NCI CRTA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis working in Dr. Brid M. Ryan's laboratory. My research addresses the causes and consequences of lung cancer disparities in African Americans using an integrative molecular epidemiology approach.
What message would you like to send to young Blacks who are considering going to college?
Be confident in your competence! You already possess everything you need to be successful and accomplish your goals in life. And when you make it to the top, because I am sure that you will, don't forget to help others. To whom much is given, much is required.