Sharolyn Kawakami-Schulz, PhD, recently returned to the Twin Cities to start the Office of Professional Development for Graduate Students and Postdocs in the University of Minnesota Medical School. She was previously a program manager in the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, where she developed career development programs and initiatives for NIH trainees of all stages. She received her Bachelor of Science in genetics, cell biology, and development from the University of Minnesota, and her doctoral degree in genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer, having spent two years developing a variety of non-technical skills in Ghana, West Africa.
Jenna Hicks, PhD, is the Program Manager for the Office of Professional Development (OPD) for Graduate Students and Postdocs in the University of Minnesota Medical School. She comes to the OPD from her previous role as postdoctoral researcher in the University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences conducting research on teaching and learning in undergraduate laboratory courses. She received her PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Diego, and her B.Sc. in genetics, cell biology, and development from the University of Minnesota.
Kendra Strickland, BS is the Interim Program Coordinator for the Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP) in the University of Minnesota Medical School. She also serves as an Administrative Assistant for the Diversifying CNS R25 program. She received her Bachelor of Science in genetics, cell biology, and development from the University of Minnesota.
Danielle L. Watt, PhD is the Director of the Biomedical Graduate Research, Education and Training (BGREAT) Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach in the University of Minnesota, Medical School where she focuses on the recruitment and retention of graduate students and efforts centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. She received her B.A. in chemistry from Albany State University and a Ph.D. in biological organic chemistry from the University of Connecticut, where she studied how chemicals in the environment may damage DNA causing mutations that could ultimately lead to lung cancer.