Dr. Hildrus Poindexter — Making a difference through science and inspiration

Mahaa M. Ahmed is an Environmental Health MS student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Jovana Andrejevic is a fifth-year Applied Physics Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Cover Image by Emphyrio from Pixabay. This biography is part of our “Picture a Scientist” initiative. To learn more about the amazing men and women who paved … Continue reading Dr. Hildrus Poindexter — Making a difference through science and inspiration

Dr. Hildrus Poindexter — Making a difference through science and inspiration

by Mahaa Ahmed Dr. Hildrus Poindexter, a specialist in tropical diseases, epidemiology, and public health, was the first African American to receive both an MD and PhD. He earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1929 and his PhD in immunology and microbiology from Columbia University in 1932. Eager to begin his career, Dr. Poindexter applied for a job at a U.S. laboratory in … Continue reading Dr. Hildrus Poindexter — Making a difference through science and inspiration

The Possibility of a New Path to Parenthood

by Mahaa Ahmedfigures by Jovana Andrejevic Each of the organs in our body has an important role to play. So, what happens when one of them is damaged? For many years, one of the only solutions to an irreparably damaged organ was an organ transplant; however, the need for organs far exceeds the number of donors. Approximately 17 people die each day waiting for an … Continue reading The Possibility of a New Path to Parenthood

Rebecca Lee Crumpler: Physician, Author, Pioneer

Jaclyn Long is a first year Ph.D. student in the Immunology Program at Harvard Medical School. Abby Knecht is a second year graduate student in the Molecules Cells and Organisms program at Harvard University where she is studying self versus non-self recognition in bacteria. Cover image by Parentingupstream from Pixabay. This biography is part of our “Picture a Scientist” initiative. To learn more about the … Continue reading Rebecca Lee Crumpler: Physician, Author, Pioneer

Rebecca Lee Crumpler: Physician, Author, Pioneer

Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born in Delaware in 1831. She was raised by her aunt in Pennsylvania, who often spent time caring for sick neighbors. Inspired by her aunt, Crumpler began working as a nurse in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1852. During her eight years as a nurse, she impressed many of the doctors that she worked with. These doctors eventually encouraged her to apply to … Continue reading Rebecca Lee Crumpler: Physician, Author, Pioneer