Dr Zakiya Whatley – Black History Month 2021 #BlackHistoryMonth

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Zakiya Whatley is a scientist and educator. She is the co-host of Dope Labs Podcast. Stemettes asked Dr Zakiya Whatley a few questions about her career in science so far, Via Stemettes.org

Throughout my career, I’ve focused on broadening access to and persistence in STEM careers. In addition to co-hosting Dope Labs, I manage a large interdisciplinary PhD program in the biological sciences, and I teach a graduate course on how to teach science.

I graduated with my PhD in Genetics & Genomics from Duke University, and I completed a teaching postdoc at a small liberal arts college. I became an assistant professor of biology, teaching Cell Biology, Microbiology, & Intro to Bio. My lab studied biofilm development & microbial interactions.

When did you first fall in love with science?

When I look back, I probably started gravitating towards science in late middle school to high school. I didn’t know I would end up in science, I liked it just as much as anything else. My earliest exposure to scientific research and experiments was through STEM programs at a nearby HBCU, North Carolina A&T State University. This influenced the classes I took in high school and eventually, college!

Learn more and check out her website!


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