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 (MARC), Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC), Training Modules for Enhancing Biomedical Research Workforce Training and Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) programs. She also manages scientific conference grants (R13). As part of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium, she manages grants in the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program. ​She also manages a portfolio of cell biology grants involving processes that regulate endocytosis and the endo-lysosomal​ network in the Division of Genetics, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (GMCDB).

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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