Georgetown BGE Alumni Selected as Rising Stars

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(January 8, 2021) — Several Georgetown alumni have been singled out as “Rising Stars” in a list of “1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America” published at the end of December in “Crosstalk,” the Cell Mentor blog hosted by Cell Press. The Community of Scholars, responsible for the selection, described the scientists as “champions of change” and “gladiators of purpose.” Georgetown alumni selected as “Rising Stars” include:

  • Kaela Singleton, PhD (BGE’20) – NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Fellow and FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University
  • Sikoya Ashburn, PhD (BGE’20) – Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychology & Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Valerie L. Darcey, PhD (BGE’17) – Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Metabolism, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
  • Chinyere Agbaegbu Iweka, PhD (BGE’18) – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Aileen Fernandez, PhD (BGE’19) – Postdoctoral Associate, Yale School of Medicine

Also on the list is Olumide Olulade, MD, PhD, a former postdoctoral fellow now a resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Caleb McKinney, PhD, Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Training & Development for Biomedical Graduate Education, and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center was also named an “Established Investigator.”