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DEI in the Lab: Creating an Interdependent Laboratory Culture

Tuesday, September 20, 2-3 p.m. EDT 

Like many workplaces, lab culture is undergoing a shift. The future of laboratory culture can be defined as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that is key to achieving innovative science. This webinar will cover ways to avoid workplace toxicity, cultivate cultural humility and leadership, and explore how laboratory professionals can motivate one another, both inside and outside the laboratory, to facilitate a thriving, respectful and welcoming lab atmosphere.

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Speakers:

Antentor Othrell HintonAntentor Othrell Hinton, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Antentor Othrell Hinton, Jr., is the first recipient in his family to receive a Ph.D. Additionally, he is an African American male tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University. Hinton was a former Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Scholar, E.E. Just Postgraduate Fellow in Life Sciences, and Ford Foundation Fellow who worked at the University of Iowa in the laboratory of Dr. E. Dale Abel (now UCLA). During his postdoc, he elucidate the mechanisms by which insulin signaling regulates Optic Atrophy 1 Protein activity in skeletal muscle, heart, and brain. Hinton received his B.S. in Biology from Winston-Salem State University and his NIH postbac and Ph.D. at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences.

To date, Hinton has published 56 papers (44 published, with an additional; 12 in preprint/Biorxiv or in press), gleaned 55 awards, and given 120 invited talks. Also, he has mentored 60 graduate, medical, postbac students, undergraduate students, medical residents, and postdoc fellows and has been awarded three University-wide awards for mentorship and an organizational mentorship award. Recently, he was recognized by Forbes Magazines as one of the 100 Black Culture Makers and Thought- Leaders. This honor was also featured in the 2020 Inaugural Year of the Digital Book Celebrating 100 Black Culture Makers and Thought-Leaders. Notably, he did a second postdoc at the Mayo Clinic. As a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow Appointment at Mayo Clinic, he conducted research in collaboration with Dr. Jeffrey Salisbury. Dr. Salisbury is a world-renowned cell biologist who runs Mayo’s Central Microscopy Core; under his mentorship, Hinton advanced his training in Serial Block - Face Scanning Electron Microscopy (SBF-SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy Quantification.

Heather-Beasley.jpgHeather Beasley, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scholar, AJ Hinton Laboratory, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Heather Beasley earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Meharry Medical College in the Biochemistry and Cancer Biology department. Currently, Dr. Beasley is a postdoctoral research scholar in Dr. AJ Hinton’s laboratory, where she is the recipient of the UNCF and Bristol Myers Squibb, E.E. Just Postgraduate Fellowship in Life Sciences, which will fund her research for the next three years. Additionally, Dr. Beasley is the recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2022 Postdoctoral Diversity Enrichment Program award. Her advocacy for diversity in STEM and equitable outcomes for cancer patients, earned her a spotlight in a national campaign with Gibco/Thermo Fisher for the ‘Love your Cells’ campaign, where she describes how cells influence her research through the arts. Heather uses this platform to advocate for community involvement in health disparity research.

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Andrea G. Marshall, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, AJ Hinton Laboratory, Vanderbilty University

Dr. Marshall obtained her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and is interested in how the breakdown of regulated protein quality control contributes to the pathophysiology of advanced aging and disease. Currently, Dr. Marshall is a Staff Scientist in Dr. AJ Hinton’s laboratory. Her current research seeks to understand the contribution of mitochondrial dysfunction to the pathophysiology of aging, heart failure, and neurodegeneration.
 

 

Zer VueZer Vue, Ph.D., Postdoc Fellow, AJ Hinton Laboratory, Vanderbilt University

Zer Vue ia a first-generation college graduate and the first in her family to obtain a Ph.D. A Hmong American, Vue is currently the first in the world and the only person to hold a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology. Vue's academic and research training has provided diverse experience in evolutionary and developmental biology, developmental biology, reproductive biology, craniofacial biology, birth defects, and mitochondrial dynamics. A former IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards) fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Vue also worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Bush. Vue's doctoral dissertation was conducted in consultation with Dr. Richard Behringer and examined the three-dimensional (3D) structure of the uterine epithelia and its glands using light-sheet microscopy, which sparked my interest in microscopy and volumetric data.

Additional Info

  • Presentation Date: Tuesday, 20 September 2022

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