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Alumni Highlights

Jia Mei (2021-2022)

Current Graduate Student at Vanderbilt University

NSF-GFRP Awardee
Jia was awarded an NSF-GRFP to fund their research for 3 years. Jia’s research focuses on how bacteria have evolved to survive in harsh conditions, including in response to antibiotic treatment or oxidative stress. Jia is currently a graduate PhD student in the Cassat lab at Vanderbilt University.

Alicia Wooten, PhD (2012-2013)

“Getting Creative with Research: How I Became a Community Scientist”
Assistant Professor Gallaudet University

Co-founder of Atomic Hands

Dr. Wooten gave a Keynote address at the 3rd Biennial Deaf/HH ROC conference cosponsored by the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology.  The Deaf/HH Scientists Roc Conference aims to advance the success of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in biomedical and behavioral sciences research careers. It will do so by bringing together aspiring and successful Deaf/HH scientists and allied groups from across the nation to network and build a community – thereby creating opportunities for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Scientists as they navigate their training and career paths.