Name: Elizabeth Quaye.
Hometown: I’ve lived in Yonkers—a New York City suburb—my entire life.
Major & Year: Pharmacology & Toxicology, Sophomore
Research: I am a research intern at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I work in a lab in the field of neurobiology in UB’s Downtown facility, the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC). There, my Principal Investigator is Dr. Supriya Mahajan who has been teaching me how to culture cells for the purpose of observing the effect of drugs of abuse, such as methamphetamines, on the Blood Brain Barrier which is involved drug addiction.
Clubs & Organizations: I am also a part of the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program which focuses on providing minority students pursuing careers in STEM fields with opportunities, training workshops and scholarships.
Fun Fact: I not only tutor elementary school students here in Buffalo at the Gloria J. Parks Community center but I also help with extracurricular activities there.
Why I joined WiSE: I joined WiSE because I loved the idea of having a support group of females who are interested in such male dominated fields as STEM professions. I think that girls have just as much potential as boys do and with the right connections and skills we can excel in fields that we might not have been truly recognized in just decades ago.
Committee: I am the Vice Chair of both the Outreach and Peer Support committees because those are two things that I feel passionately about. I love to introduce younger inquisitive people to the realm of STEM and give them my perspective and I also love to interact with and support my peers through the study sessions we host for midterms and finals.