Nisan Hubbard, Ph.D.
Cell Biology & Physiology
Northwestern University – Reproductive Biology
Kathleen Caron, Ph.D.
I completed my PhD in Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University. While at NU, my focus was on understanding how developmental signaling pathways are activated, pathways such as Notch, during the formation and growth of the ovarian follicle. Born and raised in Virginia, I am a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. While at VCU, I studied cancer biology, deciphering the different signaling pathways utilized for cancer progression and how one could inhibit progression through synergistic use of cancer therapeutics. During that time, I was a Minorities Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar, and I also had the opportunity to also serve as the liaison for community scientific outreach in education programs in the greater Richmond area.
Additionally, I recognize the significance of ensuring that those in our community have access to opportunities to facilitate their STEM passion. I worked in the graduate school to coordinate The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at Northwestern University, which gives traditionally underrepresented in graduate education an eight-week competitive research experience, but also has a body of work in the community, with years of being a part of the Science Club, a science outreach program through Northwestern University, as well as outreach work through other organizations I am an active part of.
These mentoring and outreach experiences shaped my passion for my want to become an educator and researcher. Within the SPIRE program and under the mentorship of Dr. Kathleen Caron, I am excited to continue to do great research studying G protein-coupled receptor pathways in reproductive development while expanding on my training in mentoring and teaching. I look forward to learning about different ways to facilitate access to science education in the classroom at all levels and mediating the success of students in academia.