Join the MSU BEST program for a luncheon and talk with Dr. Nicole Parker, where she will speak about her career in Science Policy. Lunch will be provided.
Dr. Nicole Parker's Biography:
Nicole Parker completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2017. Her thesis work focused on understanding the role of the growth factor, GDNF, in the replication and differentiation of the stem cells in the testis. While obtaining her doctoral degree she garnered an interest in science policy. She received a certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was a 2016 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. At the National Academies she served on the Board of Higher Education and Workforce. During this time, she worked on policies and ideas that contributed toward improving workforce readiness in higher education and broadening participation in STEM to more diverse groups. Prior to her graduate education Nicole attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County as a Meyerhoff Scholar and graduated with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and minor in sociology in 2011. Currently Dr. Parker works as a Science Policy Analyst at Ripple Effect. In this role, she works exclusively with offices/divisions within NIH’s Office of Extramural Research (OER), specifically the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW), the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, and the Extramural Staff Training Office. In addition, she serves as a Board of Director for the organization Future of Research who’s mission is to engage and empower early career scientists with evidence-based resources to improve the scientific research endeavor.