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 administers the Diversity Supplement Program and re-entry supplements, and manages the Bridges to the Baccalaureate and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) programs. Shakira also manages research grants in the area of inflammation and innate immunity in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry​.

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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