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12 Stunningly Beautiful Black Female Scientists Doing Amazing Work in Their Fields

Trivia Frazier-Wiltz

Trivia Frazier-Wiltz, Ph.D.

Chemistry Instructor

Institution: Delgado Community College
Education: Ph.D.: Biomedical Sciences from Tulane University School of Medicine; B.S.E: Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University; B.S.: Physics from Dillard University

Dr. Trivia Frazier-Wiltz is a proud scientist and African-American woman. Her background is in physics, biomedical engineering, and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Frazier-Wiltz‘s research is currently in proving that true Adipose tissue-derived stem cells do exist. She strongly believes that a beautiful woman can also possess intellect.

FYI: Frazier-Wiltz is a major science fiction fan. Her favorite is Star Trek.

Taeyjuana Curry

Taeyjuana Curry, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Education: Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Dr. Taeyjuana Curry’s research aims to understand the relationships between the composition and surface functionalities of semiconductor nano-composite materials and their cytotoxicity properties. The goal is to synthesize nontoxic, sustainable nanoparticles for multiplexed bioimaging and targeted drug delivery. She says her strongest skills include creative and innovative problem-solving, applications of mathematical techniques, use of most appropriate statistical or scientific methods and the ability to communicate effectively with both scientists and professionals.

FYI: ”I LOVE TO DANCE (with other people, or all by myself)!!! I’ve recently taken up salsa (with a little merengue, bachata, and cha-cha).”

Angelique Johnson

Angelique Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor – Business Owner

Institution: University of Louisville
Education: Ph.D.: Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan; B.S./B.A. in Computer Engineering/Mathematics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Angelique Johnson conducts research on microfabricated nerve stimulator leads that can be used to treat hearing loss, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and blindness. Her work has been patented, featured on the cover of the journal Hearing Research and translated into a startup. When not performing miracles in the lab, Johnson can often be found in her kitchen, bringing flavor to life.

FYI: Johnson, who comes from a family of 11 children, runs full marathons in her free time.

Talmesha Richards

Talmesha Richards, Ph.D.

Director of Project Partnerships at STEMconnector / Science Cheerleader

Institution: Johns Hopkins Medical School
Education: Ph.D.: Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Dr. Talmesha Richards graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a B.S. in chemical engineering and a B.S. in mathematics. At UMBC, she was a Meyerhoff scholar and captain of the dance team. During her graduate years, she attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She earned a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular medicine and conducted research on novel breast cancer therapeutics.

FYI: Richards was a National Football League cheerleader for eight years: three years with the Baltimore Ravens and five years with the Washington Redskins. Her last year with the Redskins, 2012-13, she had the honor of being a captain. She is currently a Science Cheerleader. Science Cheerleaders are former and current professional cheerleaders who have Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

Christina Oney, Ph.D

Christina Oney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Social Sciences and Human Services

Institution: The City University of New York – Borough of Manhattan Community College
Education: Ph.D.: Psychology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Dr. Christina Oney completed her doctoral and master’s degrees in the personality and social contexts area of the psychology department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She completed her bachelor’™s degree at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Her research interests focus on the relationships between racial identity attitudes, body image and health outcomes.

FYI: Oney is a former model.

J'Tia Taylor Ph.D

J’Tia Taylor, Ph.D,

Nuclear Engineer

Institution: Argonne National Laboratory
Education: Ph.D.: Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Dr. J’Tia Taylor works in the nuclear engineering division at the Argonne National Laboratory. Her work is primarily on nuclear nonproliferation with a focus on export controls, safeguards and policy.

FYI: Taylor started college at the age of 15 and was a contestant on the CBS competition show Survivor: Cagayan.

Koriand'r Williams M.D/Ph.D

Koriand’r Williams, M.D./Ph.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident

Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Science
Education: M.D./Ph.D.: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Koriand’r Williams completed her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as a Meyerhoff scholar and MARC U STAR scholar. She then earned her M.D./Ph.D. at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she performed innovative studies investigating the role of microRNAs in regulating uterine contractility genes during term and pre-term labor. Currently, Williams continues to further her medical training as a physical medicine and rehabilitation resident at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, and she plans to investigate neuromuscular dysfunction.

FYI: In the 30-year history of the medical scientist training program at UTSW, Williams is the second African-American to successfully graduate from the program.

Candice Allister

Candice Allister, Ph.D.

Graduate Instructor

Institution: University of California-Berkeley
Education: Ph.D.: University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Candice Allister received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and then went on to complete her graduate education at the University of California at Berkeley. She has a strong commitment to health and education and has researched how to decrease obesity in children by working on their eating habits.

FYI: Allister believes you should always dress for success. She inspires others to reach for their dreams by connecting with minority undergraduates in STEM programs at the University of California at Berkeley.

Shewit Tekeste Ph.D.
Shewit Tekeste, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Education: Ph.D.: Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

Dr. Shewit Tekeste studies the biological importance of specific protein-protein interaction required for HIV-1 replication and screen compounds to inhibit these interactions. Her overall goal is to reveal a new therapeutic target for combating HIV-1 infection. Originally from Kenya, Tekeste’s passion for furthering herself in science is inspired by her first-hand experience of seeing close family members and other relatives back home slowly dying of AIDS and from seeing homeless children suffering from malnutrition.

FYI: Tekeste loves dancing, hiking and playing soccer.

Tonye Briggs Ph.D
Tonye Briggs, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Education: Ph.D.: New Jersey Institute of Technology

Dr. Tonye Briggs received her bachelor’s of science degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She then obtained her master’s and doctorate at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Briggs is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Bioengineering. For the past decade, her research has involved investigating biomaterials and tissue engineering for orthopedic applications.

FYI: Briggs writes and performs in a sketch comedy troupe at the Philadelphia Improv Theater.

Dahlia Haynes Ph.D.

Dahlia Haynes, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate

Institution: SC Johnson
Education: Ph.D.: Clemson University

Dr. Dahlia Haynes earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Clemson University. While completing her postdoctoral studies at Carnegie Mellon, she was awarded the prestigious UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship, which supports African-American postgraduate students during their postdoctoral training. She conducts research on conjugated polymer synthesis and self-assembly processes in photovoltaics (solar energy) and field effect transistors for organic-based electronics.

FYI: Haynes holds two patents. ”Chemistry and shoes are my favorite things.”

Dr. Miranda Hallett

Miranda A. Hallett, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Education: Ph.D.: Cancer and Developmental Biology from University of Tennessee Health Science Center; B.S. in Chemistry from Spelman College

Dr. Miranda Hallett is a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Like many others, she has seen cancer afflict members of her family. This has driven her to better understand metastatic disease, the rate limiting steps in cancer patient survival. Her passion is in discovering new treatment strategies for cancer metastasis, and she also helps the community and patients to better understand this disease.

FYI: Hallett replaces handshakes with hugs, and giving to others keeps her smiling. She’s a fashionista who loves traveling the world and experiencing different cultures.

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Comment by Fryjack on September 20, 2014 at 2:19pm
@rashid rourk, thank you, this is one of the best post on this site. sorry for the two that can't see that!
Comment by martymar on September 17, 2014 at 8:45am

black women got smarts--good

Comment by Alicia Johnson on September 16, 2014 at 4:03pm

Why does the author of this article feel that it's necessary to mention the women were not just "beautiful" but "stunningly beautiful" ?  We would have noticed this when we read the article.  Is it to get our attention because she thinks no one would want to read an article about African American women excelling in the scientific field??  Would the writer have mentioned physical appearance if the article pertained to African American men excelling in said field??  The title/article reads likes a dating site. If these women are doing amazing work in the scientific field I sill don't know what it is because I didn't garner any useful information from the article. I would have been much more interested in an expansion of what these smart, accomplished women were actually doing in the scientific field to change the game for African American girls interested in science.  Each of these women deserve an entire article devoted to her accomplishments.  Instead we are stuck reading off a checklist  of information for each of them and reading cues meant for prospective dates but listed under the guise of a last minute FYI.  What did these women do to get to that particular point in their lives?  The author just wasted a perfect opportunity to use the experiences of these women to connect and uplift our black girls who CAN when everyone around them is telling them they CAN'T.  Come on Black women, we can do better..

Comment by Fascade518 on September 16, 2014 at 9:10am
#3words : black, beautiful, brainy!
Comment by mr1stroke on September 15, 2014 at 8:21pm

@Tall Island Girl we talked about the last time its better you watch it as you go otherwise it will be prison time to take off but at least you focus keep doing it, and yes you know i like the hair, dont forget the holiday seasons right around the corner the weight will be back

Comment by mr1stroke on September 15, 2014 at 8:06pm

as long as she is black we embrace and honor her, its ok human error

Comment by israel biniam on September 15, 2014 at 8:04pm
Dr Shewit Tekeste she is Ethiopian not Kenyan
Comment by mr1stroke on September 15, 2014 at 8:02pm

@Tall Island Girl damn it i just realize you have a new pic up damn what size are those im sorry but you know i would comment, lord bless your husband, but damn im loving the hair, all yours i hope, but it sure looks good natural keep it up mama

Comment by mr1stroke on September 15, 2014 at 8:00pm

@Tall Island Girl its about string sisters what ever it is you and rest are doing to uplift black women put you in the category of success, we have scientist, nurses, teachers just to name a few who are helping us on daily basis sometimes the people we ignore means so much in our lives, for example bus drivers, sanitation workers, remember when transit went on strike in NY City a few years ago for one week alone i gross almost 20k i rent it just about every minivan i could find and hire drivers, now what if sanitation go on strike can you imagine the mess with the trash 

Comment by Incognito on September 15, 2014 at 6:23pm
Brilliant ladies, nice post... Keep it coming.

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