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Black in Science

Black in Science

By Jasmin Giles
Black in Science is a podcast that's centered around sharing the stories of Black men and women working or studying in the sciences. Each episode features a one-on-one interview in which the guest answers series of questions detailing their background, accomplishments and the lessons they've learned throughout their journey in the sciences. Stay up to date with all Black in Science's content by following us on: Twitter: @podcast_bis Instagram: @blackinscience Intro/Outro Music Credit: egbeats -- Relax (R&B Instrumental - Creative Commons SoundCloud)
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Episode 24: 2021 Recap & Updates for 2022
On Episode 24 of Black in Science, I reunited with future Dr. Ralph White III to recap our year in 2021 and share some updates for our own podcasts in 2022. To open, Ralph and I both detail our plans for the Christmas holiday before rehashing our experiences in the first year of our podcasts. After sharing our future goals and the changes we each plan to implement on our platforms in the upcoming year, Ralph discloses the current status of his thesis research and plans for graduation. To conclude, both Ralph and I contribute a few words of wisdom about the importance of staying focused on your goals while enjoying the ride and trusting yourself to know what’s best for you. If you’re interested in staying up to date on Scientifically Sound and exploring all of the podcast’s available content, feel free to follow the platform on: Twitter: @4thesci_sound Twitter (personal): @RalphWhiteIII Instagram: @scientificallysound Tiktok: @scientificallysound
53:26
January 17, 2022
Episode 23: Black in Chemistry & Data Science
On Episode 23 of Black in Science, I sat down with Dr. Chantel Nicolas, who recently established Nerd Startup Incubator, an organization that assists aspiring entrepreneurs in establishing their own side businesses. To open, Dr. Nicolas discusses her childhood while growing up in Brooklyn with a Haitian immigrant family before transitioning into her time at Barnard college as an undergraduate chemistry major. Before segueing into her postdoctoral work as a computational chemist and data scientist at the CDC, Dr. Nicolas delves into her Ph.D. dissertation research while attending Clark Atlanta University. After rehashing the details of her journey towards developing her startup company, Dr. Nicolas closes by sharing her advice on the importance of understanding your purpose and working towards your ideal lifestyle. Be sure to register for Dr. Nicolas’ free Expert to Entrepreneur Master Class: How to Launch your Nerdy Side Business while Holding Down your Busy 9 to 5, which debuts December 14th at 7pm EST. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Chantel’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: @nerdincubator Instagram: @nerdincubator Email: hello@nerdstartupincubator.com Website: https://nerdstartupincubator.com/
45:06
December 14, 2021
Episode 22: Black in Toxicology
On Episode 22 of Black in Science, I spoke with Dr. Alexandra Lacey who’s currently working as a toxicologist for the global energy company, Shell. To open, Dr. Lacey discusses her childhood while growing up in the Detroit metropolitan area before segueing into her time in undergrad as a Biology major at Lake Forest College. After sharing her experience while pursuing her Ph.D. at Texas A&M’s School of Toxicology, Dr. Lacey discusses the details of her current regulatory position and her motives for establishing the Black in Toxicology group on Twitter. Before closing things out, Dr. Lacey discloses her feelings on the importance of following your passion, guarding your mental health and being flexible when it comes to your future plans. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Dr. Lacey’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Email: blackintoxicology@gmail.com Twitter: @BlackinToxico Twitter (Personal): @BlackToxDoc
51:28
November 08, 2021
Episode 21: Black in Science Policy
On Episode 21 of Black in Science, I spoke with Charise Johnson, who’s currently working as a Policy and Advocacy Lead at Julie’s Bicycle, a non-profit organization that bridges arts and culture with the fight against the climate crisis. To open, Mrs. Johnson recounts her childhood while growing up all over the US before transitioning into her undergraduate experience at multiple institutions as a Psychology major. After discussing her experience as a Master’s student at American University in the Environmental Science program, Charise shares the details of her science policy work at various organizations in the DC metropolitan area. Before describing the responsibilities of her current position, Mrs. Johnson recaps her experience pursuing a career in science policy and environmental advocacy in London, UK. To close things out, Charise outlines the focus of the environmental network she co-founded with other women of color, entitled Solidaritree, before expressing her feelings on the importance of utilizing the resources available to you, recognizing your self worth and following your dreams. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Charise’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Email: charise@sixdegreesofconservation.com Twitter: @charisejeanine_ Instagram: @charisejeanine_ If you’re interested in learning more about Solidaritree, feel free to check out their multiple platforms at: Website:https://www.solidaritree.uk/ Instagram: @solidaritree_ Twitter: @solidaritree1
51:31
October 25, 2021
Episode 20: Black in Parasitology
On Episode 20 of Black in Science, I sat down with Dr. Pascale Guiton, who’s currently an Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay. To open, Dr. Guiton recounts her childhood while growing up in the Ivory Coast before transitioning into her time as an undergraduate Biological Sciences major at Georgia State University. After discussing the work she did for her Ph.D from Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Pascale shares her experience as a post-doc at Stanford University while studying Toxoplasma gondii. While describing the toxo research her lab currently investigates, Dr. Guiton expresses her feelings on the importance of being yourself, taking initiative and having good mentors. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Pascale’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Email: pascale.guiton@csueastbay.edu Twitter: @DrGuiton Website: https://guitonlab.com
01:07:50
September 20, 2021
Episode 19: Black in Chemistry
On Episode 19 of Black in Science, I spoke with Dr. Jalaal A. Hayes, who’s currently working as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. To open, Dr. Jah recounts his childhood while growing up in North Philadelphia before transitioning into college at Lincoln University at the age of 15. After sharing his experience as a summer research intern following a 3 year stint in undergrad, Dr. Hayes discusses the details of his Ph.D dissertation work in Applied Chemistry from Delaware State University. While sharing his favorite aspects of teaching at a collegiate level, Dr. Jah delves into the specifics of his innovative clean energy startup company. Before closing, Dr. Hayes describes the focus of his newly released documentary entitled Exploding Dreams: A STEAM Story, which was inspired by his life story and journey from Oxford, PA to Oxford, UK. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Jah’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact him with questions, feel free to reach out via: Email: drjah@elyteunetwork.com Twitter: @drjahayes Instagram: @drjahayes If you want to learn more about Dr. Jah’s documentary, life story or Elyte Energy, feel free to access his multiple websites via: Elyte Energy: https://www.elyteenergy.com/ Exploding Dreams: https://www.explodingdreams.com Dr. Jah’s Website: https://www.drjalaalhayes.com/
57:20
September 06, 2021
Episode 18: Black in Immunology
On Episode 18 of Black in Science, I spoke with Brianda, who’s currently working as a Senior Scientist for a pharmaceutical company. During the interview, Brianda opens by describing her childhood while growing up all over the US before sharing the details of her time in undergrad as a Biology major. After delving into the lessons she learned while simultaneously pursuing a Ph.D and finalizing her Master’s thesis, Brianda shares the nuances of working as a Medical Laboratory Technician during a pandemic. To close things out, Brianda outlines the work she’s currently doing in industry before disclosing her feelings on the importance of having a realistic mindset when pursuing a postgraduate education, seeking mentorship and taking breaks. If you’re interested in learning more about Brianda’s science communication platform that focuses on breaking down complicated topics in a digestible manner, check out Flyy Science’s YouTube channel at: YouTube: YouTube.com/flyyscience If you’ve enjoyed listening to Brianda’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: @flyyscience1 Instagram: @flyyscience Email: flyyscience@gmail.com
53:26
June 22, 2021
Episode 17: Black in Biomedical Engineering
On Episode 17 of Black in Science, I sat down with Dr. Monet Roberts, who’s currently a postdoctoral researcher focusing on brain cancer at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute To start things off, Dr. Roberts discusses her childhood while growing up in Newnan, Georgia before transitioning into her time as Biomedical Engineering major at Georgia Tech for undergrad. After outlining the research she did on the glycocalyx for her Ph.D. from Cornell’s Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, Monet delves into both her short and long term goals for her personal life and career. To conclude, Dr. Roberts shares her feelings on the importance of acknowledging the debilitating effects of imposter syndrome and discussing how to overcome it, as well as finding your community and lifting as you climb. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Monet’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: PhunsizeDPhD
57:40
June 22, 2021
Episode 16: Black in Cancer
On Episode 16 of Black in Science, I sat down with Dr. Oliver H. Richmond III, who’s current work as a Research Technician at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) focuses on the relationship between non-muscle myosin II proteins and cancer development. During the interview, Dr. Richmond starts by recounting his childhood while growing up in Cleveland, Ohio before discussing his experience as an undergraduate student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. While explaining the research he did as a junior at Clark Atlanta University, Oliver describes how his position as a tech helped facilitate his admission into the university’s graduate program. After outlining the cancer research he did for his Ph.D in Biological Sciences, Dr. Richmond shares some powerful words of wisdom and guidance before disclosing the details of his journey towards a career in medicine. To conclude, Oliver divulges his feelings on the importance of prayer, self discovery and leveraging your network. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Oliver’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact him with questions, feel free to reach out via: Facebook: Oliver H. Richmond III Instagram: @Oliver.H.Richmond_3 LinkedIn: Oliver Richmond III Twitter: OH_Richmond_3 Email: Oliver.Richmond3@gmail.com
01:00:25
June 07, 2021
Episode 15: Black in Chemistry
On Episode 15 of Black in Science, I spoke with Dr. Christina M. Jones, who is currently a Research Chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). To open the interview, Dr. Jones discusses her childhood while growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana before segueing into her time as an undergraduate student at Louisiana State University (LSU). After recapping the multiple summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) she attended over the course of her college career, Christina describes the metabolomics work she did for her Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry at Georgia Tech. While completing her National Research Council postdoctoral  fellowship at NIST's Charleston campus, Dr. Jones outlines the metabolomics program she helped establish before transitioning into her current position in Maryland. To close things out, Christina shares her feelings on the importance of celebrating your successes, reaching out for help and having the courage to visualize what you want. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Christina’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter:@CMJonesPhD LinkedIn: Christina M. Jones, Ph.D. Email: christinamjonesphd@gmail.com Website: www.Facilitate2motivate.com
01:09:40
June 07, 2021
Episode 14: Black in Developmental Biology
On Episode 14 of Black in Science, I sat down with Dr. Myron Evans, who recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. During the interview, Myron opens by describing his childhood while growing up in St. Augustine, Florida before transitioning into his time as an undergraduate student at Florida International University. After discussing his Ph.D thesis work in inflammatory breast cancer at Duke University, Dr. Evans recaps his experience while seeking out a faculty position in academia. To close things out, Myron summarizes his own views on the importance of taking time off, finding a good group of friends and following the science wherever it takes you. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Myron’s episode and wish to contact him with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: @myron_evansPhD @EvansBrainLab Email: myron.evans@stjude.org
01:01:11
May 24, 2021
Episode 13: Black in Immunology
On Episode 13 of Black in Science, I spoke with Dr. Tonya Webb, who’s currently a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. During the interview, Dr. Webb discussed her childhood while growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina before segueing into her time as an undergraduate student at Prairie View A&M University. After describing her Ph.D dissertation work and multiple post doctoral fellowships, Dr. Webb shares the details of the research her lab is currently focused on in cancer immunology before disclosing her views on the importance of staying focused, staying driven and remembering your support system. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Tonya’s episode and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: scienceempress Instagram: scienceempress Email: tonya.webb@gmail.com
24:00
May 24, 2021
Episode 12: Black in Physics
During Episode 12 of Black in Science, I spoke with the world renowned physicist, Dr. Walter E Massey, who’s currently working as Chairman of the Board for the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile. Throughout the interview, Dr. Massey describes his long list of career achievements, including his previous appointment as the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) by President George H.W. Bush and his 12 year tenure as President of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. After describing his childhood while growing up in southern Mississippi during segregation, Walter recounts his time as an undergraduate student at Morehouse and the work he did at Washington University in St. Louis for his Ph.D in physics. Before closing, Dr. Massey shares the details of his newly released memoir detailing his time as Chairman of the Board at Bank of America and a few pearls of wisdom he picked up during his career. If you’re interested in hearing more about Dr. Massey’s story, feel free to purchase a copy of his memoir entitled In the Eye of the Storm: My Time as Chairman of Bank of America During the Country’s Worst Financial Crisis on Amazon.
50:35
May 12, 2021
Episode 11: Black in Cancer
On Episode 11 of Black in Science, I sat down with Dr. Janae Sweeney, whose research in prostate cancer earned her a Ph.D from Clark Atlanta University. During the interview, Dr. Sweeney opens by describing her childhood while growing up in and out the United States before transitioning to her time as an undergraduate student on the pre-med track at South Carolina State University. After recounting her Master’s degree work at Georgia State University, Janae rehashes what pivotal event caused her to shift from a career in medicine to teaching. Dr. Sweeney then shares the details of her community program entitled beSTEMsational--which aims to help support and encourage Black women in the pursuit of a career in STEM--before disclosing her thoughts on the importance of self belief and building relationships with mentors. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Janae’s episode and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: @itssimplyjanae Instagram: @itssimplyjanae Email: jaedsweeney@yahoo.com If you’re interested in learning more about be STEMsational, follow the organization’s social media pages at: Instagram: @bestemsational
52:25
May 12, 2021
Episode 10: Black in Skin Biology
On Episode 10 of Black in Science, I sat down with Dr. Yvon Woappi, who’s currently concluding his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. To start, Dr. Woappi opens by describing his primary and secondary school instruction that spanned 3 separate continents before transitioning into his undergraduate experience at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford campus. After recounting his college research project that gained national recognition, Yvon discusses his year long research internship at the University of South Carolina that helped fast track his Ph.D dissertation work. Before concluding, Dr. Woappi summarizes his current postdoctoral research prior to discussing his future career goals and the importance of utilizing the resources available to you and recognizing the value in your own ideas. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Yvon’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact him with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: @DrWoappi Also, if you’re interested in testing Dr. Woappi’s chess skills, challenge him to a match on Chess.com at: Username: The-Undomitable1
42:23
April 26, 2021
Episode 9: Black in Biomedical Engineering
On Episode 9 of Black in Science, I sat down with Dr. Erika Moore Taylor, who’s currently researching the role of immune cells and biomaterials in vascular formation as an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. To start, Dr. Erika opens by describing her childhood while growing up in both California and Colorado before transitioning into her time as an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University. After recounting her Ph.D dissertation work in immunology at Duke University, Dr. Moore Taylor discusses the research she did as a postdoc and her unconventional decision to pursue a faculty position before completing her thesis defense. To wrap things up, Erika closes with her advice on the importance of formulating a mentoring community and filtering through an onslaught of well intentioned advice. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Erika’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: LinkedIn: Dr. Erika Moore Taylor Email: moore.erika@ufl.edu Twitter: @DrErikaMoore Instagram: erikamooretaylor Financial Literacy Website: www.moorewealth.org
50:45
April 26, 2021
Episode 8: Black in Pharmacology
On Episode 8 of Black in Science, I interviewed the multi-talented Ralph White III, who’s currently enrolled as a Ph.D student in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota. During the interview, Ralph recounts his childhood while growing up in Decatur, Georgia before transitioning into his time as an undergraduate student at Furman University. After disclosing the details of his current Ph.D thesis work in prostate cancer, Mr. White discusses his future goals and shares his perspective on the importance of staying true to yourself and being beyond your own work. To close things out, Ralph outlines the premise of his own scholarly podcast in which he educates the general population on both science and music history.  All episodes of Scientifically Sound are available to stream on Apple Podcast, Spotify and Stitcher. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Ralph’s episode and wish to contact him with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: @RalphWhiteIII @4theSci_Sound Email: whit2487@umn.edu Instagram: @ralphwhiteiii @scientificallysound
40:31
April 12, 2021
Episode 7: Black in Veterinary Medicine
On Episode 7 of Black in Science, I talked to Dr. Shyvonne Mathias, who’s currently working as an Emergency Medicine Veterinarian in Los Angeles, California. During this interview, Shyvonne openly shares what sparked her interest in veterinary medicine and describes her time as an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. After detailing her experience as a graduate student at Drexel University, Dr. Mathias outlines her time as a vet student in St. Kitts and Nevis. While regaling us with the lessons she learned when applying for residencies and internships, Shyvonne vehemently emphasizes the importance of perseverance, maintaining relationships with mentors and getting involved in research. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Shyvonne’s episode of the podcast and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Email: smterp08@gmail.com
01:13:44
April 12, 2021
Episode 6: Black in Biomedical Engineering
On Episode 6 of Black in Science, I sat down with the amazing Dr. Mykel D Green, who’s currently a postdoctoral researcher at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. To open, Dr. Green shares how his initial interest in cardiothoracic surgery evolved into a love of research that surpassed his feelings towards medicine. Mykel then expands upon his time as an undergraduate student at Morehouse College before regaling us with his somewhat unconventional Ph.D. journey. After disclosing his future career plans, Dr. Green closes things out by sharing his advice on the importance of exposure, diversity and finding your passion. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Mykel’s episode and wish to contact him  with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: @mykeldgreen Email: mykg50@gmail.com
40:46
March 28, 2021
Episode 5: Black in Cancer
On Episode 5 of Black in Science, I sat down with the witty and perceptive Dr. Arnethea Sutton who’s currently a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine. To start, Arnethea shares the details of her childhood and what sparked her interest in science before segueing into her 10+ year educational journey at the same institution. Following this, Dr. Sutton discusses her passion for her Cancer and Health Disparities work and her future goals of becoming a tenured professor and PI. To close things out, Arnethea discloses her feelings on the difference between mentorship vs sponsorship, the importance of extending yourself grace and running your own race. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Arnethea’s episode and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: @nene_lashaun Email: arnethea.sutton@vcuhealth.org
43:12
March 28, 2021
Episode 4: Black in Physiology
During this episode of Black in Science, I sat down with the lovely and insightful Jasmine George, who’s currently a Ph.D Candidate at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout the interview, Jasmine briefly rehashes the details of her childhood while growing up a few miles from the ocean in Virginia Beach before covering her time as an undergraduate at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. After discussing her current thesis work in renal lipid metabolism in diabetes and obesity, Jasmine describes what ignited her passion for science policy and her newly established virtual HBCU Science Policy tour. To wrap things up, Jasmine shares a few tips on the importance of networking, self-belief and taking your time. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Jasmine’s episode and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Twitter: @jasmine_george1 Email: jngeorge91@gmail.com
32:00
March 14, 2021
Episode 3: Black in Immunology
On this episode of Black in Science, I talk to the amazing Future Double Dr. Tonya Aaron, who’s currently enrolled as an MD/Ph.D student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During the interview, Tonya recounts the details of her youth while growing up as a child of two immigrants in Florida before transitioning into her time as an undergraduate STEM major and student athlete. After disclosing what events led to her decision to pursue two advanced degrees simultaneously, Tonya describes her experience thus far in her MSTP program and the immunology-based research she’s doing for the Ph.D portion of her degree. To close things out, Tonya shares a few pearls of wisdom on the importance of cultivating connections, minority representation and a healthy work-life balance. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Tonya’s episode and wish to contact her with questions, feel free to reach out via: Instagram: @taaron24 Twitter: @taaron24 Email: Aaron.tonya24@gmail.com
49:34
March 14, 2021
Episode 2: Black in Epidemiology
During Black In Science’s first interview, I talk to the wonderfully, brilliant Dr. Gieira Jones, who openly discusses her journey towards becoming a post-doc in Epidemiology at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute. Throughout the episode, Dr. Jones recounts the details of her childhood while growing up in North Philadelphia before segueing into her undergraduate experience at a small HBCU. After disclosing multiple events that fueled a shift in her career path, Gieira describes the road she took that resulted in the completion of multiple advanced degrees, including her Ph.D. To close things out, Dr. Jones shares her views on the importance of mentorship, perseverance and staying focused on your own journey. If you’ve enjoyed listening to Dr. Gieira’s story and would love to get in touch, feel free to reach out to her via: Instagram: @epid_gi_nomics Twitter: @gieira Email: gieira.jones@NIH.gov
45:60
February 27, 2021
Episode 1: My Introduction: Jasmin's Science Journey
Welcome to the first episode of Black in Science! In this episode, I discuss my own science journey thus far, including my childhood, educational background and future career plans. I also describe my undergraduate experience at a predominately-white institution and the struggles of finding my niche in such a broad area of study. To close things out, I detail my vision for the podcast, the inspiration behind its creation and the importance of representation. If you're interested in following Black in Science's journey or participating as a guest on the show, please feel free to follow us or reach out via: Twitter: @podcast_bis Instagram: @blackinscience Email: bisthepodcast@gmail.com Thanks and make sure to tune in to new episodes released every other Monday!
32:60
February 27, 2021