Ph. D. Candidate Awarded National Academies Fellowship

By Monica Y. Queen
Howard University Health Sciences

Christine A. Clarke, a Howard University Ph.D. candidate in microbiology, has been awarded a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship program, which operates under the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies in Washington, DC, is designed to engage its fellows in the process that informs U.S. science and technology policy.

During her 12-week fellowship, Clarke will work on the Board on Global Health under the direction of Patricia Cuff.  Clarke’s specific assignment will be with the Global Forum on Innovations in Health Professional Education, which works to address global health disparities, prevent disease and promote health through community-based health professional education.

“The fellowship is an exciting opportunity to observe and participate in science policy formulation on a national scale with some of the most renowned experts the field,” said Clarke.

Clarke’s Ph.D. research is in immunological mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of diseases. Her dissertation examines the modulatory role of a select white blood cell protein in the resolution of tumors. Upon completion of her doctorate in May 2014, Clarke plans to pursue a master’s in public health and a career in health care policy.

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