Collaborators

Our collaborators include Black STEM professionals, communities, and organizations. Here, we recognize the growing list of collaborators that make The Black CIDC happen. This page will be updated frequently.

Stephani Page, PhD – Stephani Page conceived the Black CIDC as a means to channel credible information to Black communities. She is a biochemist and equity professional. She earned her B.Sci. in Chemical Engineering and M.Sci in Biology (Virology and Immunology) from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Dr. Page earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Biophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2014, she created the #BLACKandSTEM community.
Debora Kamin Mukaz, PhD – Debora Kamin Mukaz is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Vermont, and the focus of her work is to analyze and interpret cardiovascular and cardiometabolic data (including COVID-19) for the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS).The REGARDS is a long-running national study, which has been extensively funded by the NIH.
Liann Jimmons – I’m a 2nd year Genetic Counseling [M.Sci] student at Boise State University. My research interests center around the unique experiences and needs of BIPOC seeking genetics services. Currently, I’m working on a project that explores how increasing diversity in the genetic counseling field improves access for underrepresented minorities.
Sharon Gutu, MPH – Sharon Gutu is a Program Coordinator for the VA Million Veteran Program (MVP). Sharon graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center with her Master of Public Health degree. She is passionate about improving the health outcomes of minority populations by educating them to ensure that they are well-equipped to make informed decisions regarding their health.
Markia Smith – I am 3rd year PhD student in Pathobiology and Translational Science at UNC Chapel Hill. My research focuses on using integrative genomic approaches to study genetic and environmental determinants of cancer health disparities in historically marginalized communities. I’m extremely passionate about health equity, disability rights, and mentoring.
Chrystelle L. Vilfranc, BS – Chrystelle L. Vilfranc is currently a Cancer and Cell Biology PhD candidate studying the protection of the liver against drug-induced injury and chronic diseases, such as liver fibrosis and liver cancer. Chrystelle is the creator of #RevealToHeal, a mental health writing series for women of color in STEM, done in collaboration with #VanguardSTEM. With a passion for communicating science effectively and a champion for health education, Chrystelle was named an iBiology 2020 Young Scientist Seminars competition winner and served as co-organizer for the inaugural Black in Cancer conference. 
Danielle Twum, PhD -Hailing from Ghana, West Africa, Danielle Twum received her B.A. in Biology from Vassar College where she studied the effects of climate change on coral bleaching. Danielle received her PhD in Cancer Immunology from the University at Buffalo where she studied the immunology of breast cancer metastasis. Dr. Twum currently works as a Molecular Science Liaison at Caris Life Sciences. She is also an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, an initiative aimed at increasing visibility of women in STEM as role models for young girls. 
Devin J. Swiner – Devin J. Swiner (she/her) currently is a 5th year, PhD candidate working under Dr. Abraham Badu-Tawiah at The Ohio State University. Her current research is focused on developing a new ionization source for mass spectrometry using cellulose materials for applications in clinical diagnostics. In her free time, she also co-runs a blog, #MacScientist, whose goal is to increase representation of black women in STEM fields, and co-founded a #BlackInChem Twitter campaign, to amplify and celebrate Black chemists. 
Allison Matthews, PhD – I am the Associate Director of Integrating Special Populations (ISP) in the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. ISP focuses on improving recruitment and retention of special populations (adults aged 65 years and older, young people aged 17 years and younger, racial/ethnic minority groups) in research. I am a co-investigator on the COVID-19 Community Research Partnership, where I design the community engagement and recruitment strategy to promote the participation of Black/African American and Latinx community members to track their daily COVID-19 symptoms and conduct at-home antibody tests. Additionally, I am Co-Investigator for the NIH CEAL funded project, Increasing Trustworthiness Through Engaged Action and Mobilization (I-TEAM) in collaboration with colleagues at UNC-Chapel Hill, WFBH, and Campus-Community Partnerships, to raise awareness about COVID-19 vaccine trials among marginalized populations in North Carolina. With MACHE colleagues, I manage the Triad Pastoral Network, which is a network of 100 faith leaders and their congregations focused on promoting health equity in Forsyth and Guilford Counties; manage the communications strategy for the center and a community-health worker program that connects people affected by COVID-19 to support services.


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