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Women and Minorities in STEM fields


National Women’s History Month

J. F. Drake Learning Resources Center

   Theme: “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silent”.

 Presenters:  Dr. Jeanette Jones and Dr. Tonya Perry

March 31, 2021

    11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.






Celebrating Women in Leadership STEM Career Pathways



(Women In STEM)

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                                                Dr. Jeanette Jones PI         Dr. Tonya Perry-Co-PI

Civic Engagement & Social Justice Grant, Alabama Black Belt Community Foundation 


Dr. Martha Verghese, Chair of the Department of Food and Animal Sciences, 2019 Class of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow, 2020 IFT William V. Cruess Excellence in Teaching Recipient


Dr. Qunying  Yuan - PI, AAMU – New Uses of E. Coli Bacteria,  Army Research Laboratory (ARL) & Army Research Office 


Dr. Padmaja Guggilla, Interim Chair of the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics

 Professor of Physics (2019), AAMU Fearless Leadership Program Participant (2019)


Dr. Malinda Swoope, Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning and initiatives

Associate Professor of Chemistry, 2019-2020 Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA)


alternativeenergyTwo Alabama A&M University students display sources of alternative energy at STEM Day.

aroprojectTwo Alabama A&M University students are working on an Army Research Office project on the modification of E. coli bacteria in synthesizing useful silver nanoparticles.


Dr. Judith Boateng is an Associate Professor of Food/Nutritional Toxicology in the Department of Food and Animal Sciences (FAS).  She is pictured here (far left, blue lab coat) extracting phytochemicals with her graduate student (Jelisa Thomas, white lab coat) to determine their possible toxic effect. 


Dr. Rhona Cebert is a Research Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Hospitality Management in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS).  She is pictured here conducting cell culture research and presenting results at a national conference. 


Dr. Padmaja Guggilla in the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics working with Lasers


The student is Haley Hill. She is in her second year of graduate school. She is working on a project that uses engineered E. coli to synthesis selenium nanoparticles.

In the first picture, she was going to centrifuge the bacterial culture to collect the selenium nanoparticles. In the second picture, she was examining an SDS-PAGE gel to find out whether a recombinant protein of her interest was successfully expressed in E. coli cells. In the third picture, she was ready to take a picture of the SDS-PAGE gel that showed her protein of interest was expressed in the E. coli cells. 


Biology Professor Jeanette Jones (3rd, left) demonstrates proper lab techniques to student researchers.



February 2020 - Dr. Tyeshea Farmer and Dr. Keneshia Johnson chaperoned AAMU students to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California to sequence genomes of bacteria from spacecraft and cleanrooms. A research paper was published with JPL colleagues and other faculty from several universities.


R. Kaur shares poster highlighting her mushroom research in food science during the annual STEM Day activities at Alabama A&M University.


Alencia Lamb, student researcher, conducting experiment entitled, "Evaluating the effectiveness of a PAA sanitizer against a foodborne pathogen on Serrano peppers."


Dr. Padmaja Guggilla explaining the Spin Coating Thin film Fabrication Technique to a Physics PhD student




Dr. Elica M. Moss is a Research Assistant Professor of   Environmental Health and Environmental Toxicology in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES).  She is pictured here presenting her work at a conference. 


Dr. Padmaja Guggilla in physics laboratory in the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at Alabama A&M University.


Undergraduate student Shelby Thomas displays research poster in food science at the annual STEM Day program on the campus of Alabama A&M University.


Alabama A&M University staffers welcome participants and assist with annual STEM Day in the Student Health and Wellness Center.


Dr. Vernessa Edward, Alabama A&M University physicist (left), assists students in physics laboratory.


Izerica Watkins, student researcher, conducting research on The Effects of Essential Oil on the Growth and Development of Rhodotorula glutinis, Rhodotorula rubra, and Rhodotorula mucilaginosa.


Dr. Shantrell Willis currently serves as a Research Scientist (Nutritional Biochemistry) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Food and Animal Sciences (FAS).  She is pictured here extracting bioactive compounds from plants and analyzing the extracts via high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).  She is also pictured at a recruiting event, a platform that is used by several FAS faculty and staff to inform potential students on opportunities in food science and animal bio-health sciences.


Dr. Qunying Yuan is the principal investigator of an Army Research Lab project aimed at finding novel uses for E. coli bacteria.