Meet the Team
Ifeoma (E-fo-ma) is currently a research fellow with the Geneva Foundation at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Cancer.
She is currently getting ready to begin the process of applying to PhD programs. She is passionate about teaching, female representation in science and being able to be a glamorous scientist.
Ifeoma loves all things beauty and fashion and also enjoys reading books. Outside of science, she is currently working on achieving fluency in French and hopes to take the DELF exam to be certified as fluent French speaker. She also enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. She can be found on instagram @msfefe__.
Eleni is a sassy chemical engineer who is known for her big, curly hair, and her love for unique earrings and bright eye makeup. She recently completed her PhD in the areas of chemical engineering, materials science and biocatalysis. She also holds an MSc on sustainable engineering and an MEng in chemical engineering.
During her academic studies she got involved with numerous extra curricular activities, such as community outreach, public engagement, teaching, and active participation in societies and networks. Currently, she is transitioning away from active research, being a part time teaching assistant on employability and a freelance scientific writer.
You can find her on LinkedIn (Eleni Routoula), Instagram (@curleni), or Twitter (@EleniRoutoula), where she enjoys talking about her academic experiences and helping others by sharing useful tips on various research or academic related subjects.
Darsh is a biomedical sciences undergrad who has loved all aspects of science for as long as she can remember. She is a research assistant at MaRs, where she collaborates on breast cancer research where her research group specifically looks at EGFR.
From a young age she was always interested in social justice and the inequalities people face due to trivial things such as the color of their skin or their gender. As she grew up and entered the field of science, her passion for social justice translated into promoting the representation of women in science. She has held conferences that recognize the contributions of women in science in the hopes of inspiring younger women.
In the future, she wants to change the perception of what "women in science" look like, so that it is inclusive of all types of women. Outside of biology, she is a food enthusiast, skincare connoisseur and a total physics geek.
Charmaine Wilcox was a student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is currently spending her gap year between undergrad and medical school as a national service member for the Desert Research Institute. She currently serves as the STEM education outreach, and communications coordinator.
When she is not serving the community through the DRI, she spends her time being a mother, a community leader, a published author, a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority INC. and mentor. Charmaine is also the founder and C.E.O of N.O.I.R.E STEAM, LLC.
Charmaine founded N.O.I.R.E so that she could help people in her community gain access to STEM education through fun and innovative curriculum, unique events, and community outreach.
Sidney is currently completing her undergraduate studies with a major in biology and a minor in computational science.
She is very passionate about educating women about the many different aspects and opportunities in STEM and bringing more diversity into the field. With a passion for helping others, she plans to attend medical school after completing her undergrad and work as an orthopedic surgeon, helping patients when faced with injury of the musculoskeletal system of the body. She found that only 6.5% of orthopedic surgeons in the entire United States are women, and is very avid about educating young girls on the many fields in medicine in hopes of raising the representation of women across the various occupations in the medical world in a glamorous way.
Outside of her academic studies you can find Sidney doing all sorts of things whether it’s working out at her local CrossFit gym, cooking a new recipe, listening to podcasts, reading a new book, travelling, or watching endless vlogs and makeup tutorials on YouTube. You can find her on Instagram @sidneyballe