Biographical Sketch: Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.

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Shakira M. Nelson, Ph.D., is a program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity. She manages the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research and Research Supplements to Promote Re-entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers programs, and is program officer for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate and the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development programs.

Before joining NIGMS, Nelson was a senior scientific program administrator at the American Association for Cancer Research. She earned a B.S. in microbiology from Pennsylvania State University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in immunology and infectious diseases from Pennsylvania State University. Nelson conducted postdoctoral research as a cancer prevention fellow at the National Cancer Institute.

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