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#WCWinSTEM: Sabriya Stukes, PhD

#WCWinSTEM: Sabriya Stukes, PhD

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This week’s #WCWinSTEM is Dr. Sabriya Stukes, Microbiologist and Immunologist, who co-founded Connect with STEM.


As compiled by Chrystelle Vilfranc

Sabriya Stukes received her B.S in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology and Immunology in 2005 from Virginia Tech where she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Brenda Winkel researching point mutations in the flavonoid pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana. She was then awarded a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health characterizing genetic differences in macaque alleles before and after infection with HIV in the laboratory of Dr. Bernard LaFont.

A year later, she found herself researching Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the effect it had on the activation of immune cells at the NYU Langone Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Ernst. She recently earned her doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Arturo Casadevall. Her work centers on understanding the mechanisms behind the host-pathogen interactions between macrophages and the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans.

Outside of lab, she is actively involved in many organizations and committees that help to increase diversity and awareness in the science fields for women and underrepresented minority communities. She is also interested in science communication and telling better science stories.

Dr. Stukes is the co-founder of Connect with STEM, a a vibrant and growing pool of accomplished and professional champions of STEM, called Connectors, who wield their personal and professional networks in the service of making the STEM fields come alive for our Partner Schools.

 

Thank you, Dr. Stukes, for your commitment to STEM! 

 

*photo from Nooka.com

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