Georgia Tech alumna C. Denise Okafor (M.S. Chemistry 2010, Ph.D. Biochemistry 2015) is the subject of this recent feature from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Okafor was heading to a career in medicine before following up on a suggestion to apply for a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). The decision changed her life, and led to her graduate student experiences at Georgia Tech, and her current position as an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State. Okafor, who recently received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER Award, credited her professors for helping her find the right academic path to follow.
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