Potential STEM Mentors
In the STEM field, it is easy to feel isolated and confused about whether you are making the right choices or whether you are ready to move onto the next step. That is why it is CRUCIAL to find mentors to guide you during your journey. All of the wonderful people listed below welcome your questions. They are dedicated to helping others find their way! Don't hesitate to reach out to one of them!
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Po-Ju Chen - Graduate Student
Born in Taichung, Taiwan, she is currently a 4th year Ph.D. student in MCDB at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the stability of acetylcholine receptor and the associated scaffolding proteins at neuromuscular junctions.
Shyama Nandakumar - Graduate Student
Born in Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India, she is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan trying to understand how and why some cells increase their DNA content.
Tweet her @shyama13 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. SOKOL V. TODI - ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Wayne State University
Born in Albania, he not only navigated moving up in the world of science but also dealt with coming out at the same time. He openly discusses his thoughts on being gay in academia, imposter syndrome, and offers advice to students thinking about following in his footsteps during our interview with him.
Ph.D. (2005): University of Iowa
Post-Doctoral Training (2005-2007): University of Iowa
Post-Doctoral Training (2007-2010): University of Michigan
Kevin Jones, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
From his injury that cut short his track career, to his time as a postdoc in Spain, to his decision to quit a teaching-heavy tenure-track position to return to a postdoc position to redirect his career to be more research focused; Dr. Jones’s career has taken many twists and turns and lends evidence to the idea that everyone’s path is different and that’s okay.
Dr. Carla Ramos - Ph.D. Postdoctoral Researcher
Raised in Los Angeles, her path to graduate school wasn't a straight one. However, with a strong sense of pride in who she is and where she comes from, she refused to let the difficulty she encountered define or dictate where she’ll go. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan. Listen to this strong independent salvadoreña discuss her struggles and how she overcame them, here.
University of Michigan, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program (Ph.D.) Featured in Podcast Episode 3: The Issues First Generation Students Face in STEM
Nicholas Silva - Graduate Student
Born in California, he openly discusses being a gay Latino graduate student in the neuroscience program at the University of Michigan during our interview with him.
San Francisco State University (SFSU), B.S (Biology: Physiology)
San Francisco State University (SFSU), M.S (Biology: Physiology)