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In a blog at the Cell Mentor website, the Community of Scholars formed this list of inspiring Black scientists, which includes 11 UNC School of Medicine faculty and postdoctoral researchers, as well as four alumni who received their doctorates from UNC-Chapel Hill.

“Black culture is the archetype for innovation, distinction, creativity, intelligence, spirituality, and healing. Black culture is distinct, and it has a heavy influence on American and global cultures. Likewise, Black talent is both ubiquitous and abundant, but the excellence of Black people is often obscured. To remove the bleach from the history books, the Community of Scholars formed this list of inspiring Black scientists. We are also here to dismantle the myth that outstanding Black scientists make up a small percentage of the scientific community.”

To read more, go to the Cell Mentor website.

Below is the list of UNC-School of Medicine scientists.

Ashalla Freeman, PhD
Diversity Consultant and Director, Diversity Affairs & IMSD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Craig E. Cameron, PhD
Jeffrey Houpt Distinguished Investigator and Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Folami Ideraabdullah, PhD
Assistant Professor of Genetics and Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Genevieve Neal-Perry, MD, PhD
Robert A. Ross Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Marian Cecelia Johnson-Thompson, PhD
Professor Emerita of Biology, University of the District of Columbia; Adjunct Professor of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Suzanne Barbour, PhD
Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brittany Williams, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cell Biology and Physiology, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nisan Hubbard, PhD
BWF PDEP Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cell Biology and Physiology, University of North Carolina

Sheldon R. Lawrence II, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sikoya Ashburn, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher Psychology and Neuroscience,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tessa-Jonne Ropp, PhD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, University of North Carolina

Here are scientists on the list who received their PhDs from the UNC School of Medicine:

Kizzmekia S. Corbett, PhD
Viral Immunology Research Fellow and Scientific Lead of the Vaccine Research Center’s Coronavirus Team, National Institutes of Health

Donita C. Brady, PhD
Harrison McCrea Dickson MD and Clifford C. Baker MD Presidential Professor and Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Michael D.L. Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Immunobiology, BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona

Brandon Anjuwon-Foster, PhD
Associate Research Scientist, Pharmaceutical Product Development

One scientist on the list was formerly a postdoctoral fellow at the UNC School of Medicine:

Antonio T. Baines, PhD
Associate Professor of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina State University