Leyte Winfield, Ph.D.
June 1, 2013 – Dr. Leyte Winfield’s research focus on the design and synthesis of anti-cancer drugs, to which she is extremely dedicated. In addition to research, as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Spelman College, her days are filled with administrative tasks, teaching, and advising undergraduates. Winfield’s passion for chemistry began at a young age. As a pre-teen, she experimented with household products to improve their effectiveness. Her advice to young scientists are getting hands-on experience in research as soon as possible and seeking a wide-range of experiences including study and travel abroad. Learn more about Leyte Winfield.
Michael David Leslie Johnson, Ph.D.
May 1, 2013 -- Dr. Michael Johnson majored in Music as an undergraduate at Duke and only discovered his love for mentoring and research while in graduate school at UNC. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He credits his graduate and postdoctoral mentors for helping him finding his true calling in life. His advice for young scientists are to be bold, take risks and believing in yourself. Learn more about Dr. Michael Johnson.
Lydia Contreras, Ph.D.
April 1, 2013 -- Lydia Contreras was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and immigrated to New York City as a young girl. She participated in science camps in middle school and credits her high school biology and chemistry teachers for giving her to confidence to pursue science in college. Contreras has received several academic, teaching and service awards including a New York City’s Mayor Award for community service... More about Lydia Contreras.