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.

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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