Biographical Sketch: Kalynda Gonzales Stokes, Ph.D.

Kalynda K. Gonzales Stokes, Ph.D. is a program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity. She manages grants in the Maximizing Access to Research Careers and Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training​ programs, as well as scientific conference grants. As part of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium​, she manages grants in the National Research Mentoring Network and Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity programs.

Before joining NIGMS, Gonzales Stokes was a health program specialist for neural engineering programs at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and BRAIN Initiative. 

Gonzales Stokes received her B.S. in biology from the University of Massachusetts and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Emory University by performing studies to develop therapeutic interventions for Parkinson’s disease. Her postdoctoral research at Columbia University and Florida International University focused on neuron degeneration in a unique, environmental form of parkinsonism induced by metal (i.e., manganese) toxicity.

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